B-B-E boys' basketball heading to State Final Four! (VIDEO)

Jaguars overcome outstanding state quarterfinals effort by Sleepy Eye St. Mary's

For the first time since 2014, the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa boys' basketball team is heading to the state championship Final Four round. The Jaguars, 27-4 on the season, defeated No. 3-ranked Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 70-63 in the Class 1A state quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 23 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. They led 37-34 after a back-and-forth first half played out and trailed 52-47 midway into the second half. A late 13-0 run put the game out of reach for the Knights, who head to the consolation bracket with a 28-3 record.

Next: the Jaguars face another formidable opponent with New Life Academy, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, in the state semifinals on Friday, March 25 at 2 p.m. at Williams Arena. The NLA Eagles of Woodbury are playing in their third state tournament in school history and first since 2004.

B-B-E played in three state tournaments in 2011, 2012 and 2014, and they finished second in 2011 while earning state titles in 2012 and 2014. The 2011-2012 squad finished a perfect 33-0.

State tournament tickets are to be purchased online at https://www.mshsl.org/tournaments and then click on "Tournament Tickets" to set up your account.

A handful of archive photos from past state tournaments in 2011 and 2014 have been added to this web article. For frequent updates and extended coverage of the Jaguars at state, click over to the newspaper's Jaguars Sports extended coverage blog: http://bbejaguars.blogspot.com.


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