ALEXANDRIA - Aaron Pavek scored 15 points and Kyle Crocker added 11 as the Brainerd Warriors fell to the Alexandria Cardinals 61-50 Friday in Central Lakes Conference action.

The Warriors climbed within four points late, but the Cardinals, who had four players score in double figures, pulled away to hand Brainerd its third straight loss.

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"We just have to find guys willing to step up, make big shots and finish free throws." said Brainerd head coach Wade Haapajoki.

Alexandria 26 35- 61

Brainerd 18 32- 50

ALEXANDRIA

Eric Carlsen 4, Matt Peterson 11, Parker Giroux 11, Mark Whiting 6, Daniel Gorghuber 6, Joe Hurlbut 11, Shawn Krueger 12. FT 24-37 (65 percent), 3-point baskets: 1 (Giroux).

Brainerd

Kevin Peterson 3, Joel Martin 4, Kyle Crocker 1, Aaron Pavek 15, Chris Rud 7, Thomas Fairbanks 4, Nick Belgum 2, Garth Askegaard 4. FT 7-19 (37 percent), 3-point baskets: 1 (Martin). Conference: 0-2. Overall: 1-3. Next: hosts Bemidji at 6 p.m. Dec. 30.