Junior Dallas Fix goes in for a lay up against Virginia at the Pequot Lakes tournament. 


Led by a solid performance by multiple players, the Mora boys basketball team soundly defeated Virginia 74-51 in a Wed., Dec. 29 contest in Pequot Lakes. Dallas Fix dominated in the paint for a game-high 18 points, including hitting his only three-point shot. Virginia was led by Zane Lokken as he poured in 17 points, making five of 11 from three-point land. Virginia’s Jalen Miskowitz also hit three of six from distance. 

“They were hot for a while as they had decent shooters,” said head coach Curt Grachek. 30 of Virginia’s 51 points came from beyond the arc. “Some of their starters were out with the flu but regardless, Virginia wasn’t a deep team.” 

At half time the score was 39-25 in favor of Mora. The boys comfortably controlled the paint in the second half, outscoring Virginia by nine and winning by a 23 point margin. Mora’s Madox Balmer had 15 points, freshman Gage Braiedy contributed 13 and senior Max Sampson added 10 points. James Oslin contributed big in the paint, hauling in eight rebounds. 

In Mora’s second game of the holiday tournament, they faced a very good Pequot Lakes team, losing 65-52. Mora junior Dallas Fix hit a bucket to bring the Mustangs within two points 43-41 with six minutes to go in regulation, but Pequot Lakes went on a 22-11 run to finish out the game. Pequot Lakes sank seven three-pointers, four from Eli Leposke, down the stretch to create the separation needed to win. 

“We were unable to get much from that point on. We hit one three by Max Sampson in that stretch, despite hitting 57% (four of seven) from three-point land in the game and 62% from the charity stripe,” said Gracheck. “The takeaways from this tournament is that we’re still growing. We’re eight games in, but we’re still growing. Our players have made nice improvements; for example,  James Oslin and Madox Balmer in the paint and on the defensive end. Dallas Fix broke through this year. We’ve seen him play like he did against Virgina in the past but this is the first game this season we’ve seen him do that. That’s hopefully what we’ll see on a regular basis; a little more comfortable and production in his delivery. He seems a little more relaxed.” 

Mora hosts Little Falls on Thursday, Jan. 6 and Braham on Monday, Jan. 10. Tipoff is 7:15 p.m.

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