Ryan holds on despite late Surrey rally
With less than a minute to go and his team down one, Jake Magnuson got the ball screen he needed.
The screen freed the Bishop Ryan junior up for an open baseline 3-pointer, one he nailed to give the Lions the lead for good in their 45-42 home win against Surrey on Friday night.
“Magnuson hit a tough shot,” Surrey coach Mike Hultz said. “We showed too long on (Brody) Bosch and they kicked it back to Magnuson. He hit a good shot.”
Magnuson’s shot was one of few pretty offensive possessions. Afterward, Lions coach Scott Medalen bemoaned the overall lack of a steady offense for most of the season and didn’t make either Bosch, who scored six of his 12 points in the final quarter, or Magnuson available for postgame interviews.
Ryan (7-6) scored 90 points in an overtime win at Kenmare on Tuesday, but didn’t score more than 13 in any quarter against Surrey.
“We kinda made pretty much one big shot all night,” Medalen said. “If we need anything, we need offensive consistency. I don’t think it can be any more evident. … When the guys aren’t feeling it and aren’t as (offensively) consistent and aren’t shooting as well as they were the other night, then they press.
“Then they want to make an 8-point shot. Well, the last time I checked, there’s no 8-point shots on the floor.”
Magnuson’s shot interrupted a 10-0 run that gave Surrey its first lead since 2-0. When the Mustangs desperately needed points, senior guard Austin Gleave was there to provide them.
Gleave scored 10 of his 20 points in the final frame, including a personal 6-0 spurt that kicked off the comeback.
“I think the Gleave kid did a good job in the second half of being able to get to the rim, getting himself to the free-throw line,” Medalen said. “I think that was a key.”
What Ryan was able to do well for most of the night was limit Surrey’s offensive looks. Outside of that 10-0 streak, which took place in a four-minute span, the Mustangs (6-7) didn’t have many open shots.
“I’ll take our defense any night,” Medalen said. “It’s something we focus on. I’m not surprised that it may be ground out and turned into that type of game because if we’re going to win and we’re going to continue to win, unfortunately for some of the fans and viewers, they’re not going to be pretty basketball games.”
Surrey is at Velva tonight, while Bishop Ryan meets Des Lacs-Burlington on Thursday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.