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New Ulm’s Zach Quiring tries to block a layup by Mankato West’s Ray Teachout during the second half Wednesday.

Aaron Richter fired in a career-high 21 points Wednesday night to lead top-ranked Mankato West to a 77-38 Section 2AAA quarterfinal win over New Ulm at the West gym.

Richter, an athletic 6-foot-4 senior forward, hit on 9 of 15 from the field, including a 29-footer to end the opening half. He also pulled down seven rebounds and came up with a team-best five steals.

“I just tried crashing the boards and playing good defense. The points just came,” Richter said. “You have to play every game like it’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 because you have to feel like they can knock you off.

“I think it helps playing a scrappy team like New Ulm because it gets us used to playing with a high intensity. You’re guaranteed one game, so can’t think ahead. We did a great job of getting on the glass and making the simple plays.”

West (25-1) got two quick baskets — by Mike Richter and Preston Brunz — in the game’s opening minute before the Eagles (3-21) took their lone lead on Brett Gieseke’s 3-pointer and Zach More’s putback.

Brunz nailed a pair of 10-footers before Aaron Richter’s follow-up basket put the Scarlets in front 10-5. After Zach Quiring’s driving hoop made it 10-7, Ethan Tramp’s free-throw line jumper sparked a 19-2 West surge.

Senior guard Ray Teachout buried a 3-pointer in the stretch, while Aaron Richter had an acrobatic one-handed putback. Aaron Richter closed out the half with four baskets, the final one coming at the buzzer to produce a 48-15 halftime cushion.

“We try to treat every game routine no matter who you’re playing,” West coach Tom Boone said. “We got some nice steals off the press to get some easy hoops. New Ulm played hard and gave us everything they had, but we just had more to throw at them.

“We definitely had a size advantage, so we didn’t want to settle for outside shots. Whether you get it in there by penetration or dropping it into the post, we wanted to get it inside to get high percentage shots.”

West, which made 35 of 65 from the field, compared to the Eagles’ 16 of 43, scored the first eight points of the second half to take its largest lead of the contest at 56-15 on Matt Briggs’ inside hoop.

Brunz finished with 10 points, while Teachout totaled nine points, seven rebounds and three steals. Tramp chipped in eight points and senior guard Derrick Cattrysse dished out seven assists. Junior guard Zach Quiring led the Eagles with 11 points.

“I feel we’re getting better offensively,” Aaron Richter said. “We’re minimizing our turnovers and making a lot of great plays. We’re doing the fundamental things to get the ball in the hoop.”

West faces Willmar Friday in a 6 p.m. 2AAA semifinal at Gustavus Adolphus’ Lund Center. Willmar downed Hutchinson 87-80.

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