Asher Zubich already has proven that he doesn’t play basketball like any ordinary freshman.

The Mountain Iron-Buhl guard showed why again Thursday night when he pumped in 61 points in the Rangers’ 93-81 victory at Mesabi East.

Zubich became just the 14th individual in state history to score at least 60 points in a boys game, accomplishing the feat for the 26th time overall (Lakeview Christian Academy’s Bjorn Broman did it nine times and older brother Anders, Minnesota’s all-time scoring leader, turned the trick four times).

Zubich hit 20 of 34 field goals, including making 8 of 18 shots from 3-point range. He was 13-for-14 from the free-throw line, helping the Rangers overcome a one-point halftime deficit.

  • Zubich was “held” to 36 points Friday night in MIB’s 83-75 home win over International Falls.

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Duluth Denfeld 98, Virginia 86

The high-scoring times continued at Denfeld where Josh Reinertsen poured in 47 points and made five 3-pointers as the Hunters snapped a six-game losing streak with the nonconference win over the Blue Devils (13-4).

Armon Freeman contributed 23 points and 13 rebounds for Denfeld.

Esko 79, Barnum 66

James LeGarde registered 34 points and nailed eight 3-pointers as the visiting Eskomos won the Polar League contest.

Fond du Lac 102, Cherry 80

Conner Barney tossed in 43 points and Fond du Lac Ojibwe teammate Jordan Brown totaled 38 points and hit eight 3-pointers in the Ogichidaag’s win in Cloquet.

MLWR 90, South Ridge 63

Brady Watrin scored a game-high 32 points and the visiting Rebels made 14 3-pointers in the Polar League win.

Greenway 71, North Woods 63

Dylan DeChampeau and Gordon Skaar combined for 41 points in the Raiders’ nonconference home win.

Greenway ended a three-game losing streak while snapping the Grizzlies’ three-game win streak.

Silver Bay 84, Wrenshall 71

Mason Ollman and Riley Tiboni had big nights with 33 and 24 points, respectively, while each made five 3-pointers in the Mariners’ Polar League road win.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Proctor 90, Duluth Denfeld 30

The host Rails scored 65 first-half points to rout the Hunters, keeping alive hopes of tying for the Lake Superior Conference title.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Duluth Marshall 3, Thief River Falls 1

Charlesa Prior stopped 32 of 33 shots to guide the Hilltoppers to the nonconference win at Mars Lakeview Arena.