REGIONAL— Both North Woods and Ely easily advanced in Section 7A boys basketball tournament action on Wednesday.
At the North Woods School, the top-seeded Grizzlies had little difficulty with South Ridge as they cruised to a 86-46 win over the sixteenth-seeded Panthers. Meanwhile, in Ely, the sixth-seeded Timberwolves looked solid in an 87-44 rout over Hill City.
Both teams now move forward to quarterfinal action on Saturday at UMD. North Woods will take on Mt. Iron-Buhl at 1 p.m., while Ely will face Lakeview Christian Academy at 7:15 p.m. LCA beat Ely 67-51 back on Feb. 12, so the Timberwolves will likely have their hands full against the third-seeded Lions, who finished the regular season at 15-7-1.
The Grizzlies routed MI-B 84-47 in their only previous meeting this season, back on Jan. 11.