Minot guts out quality win in boys BB

Minot High has prided itself on being one of the deeper, more experience-laden groups in the West Region.

But when sophomore Noah Bosh hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining to help lift the No. 4 Magicians past third-ranked Bismarck St. Mary’s 70-67 on Tuesday night, they showed their capable youth too.

The first-year letterman scored seven of Minot’s last 13 points and came up with an assist in the pivotal five-minute stretch to pull away in the back-and-forth contest.

“To beat good teams – and (St. Mary’s) is a very good team – you have to battle,” Minot coach Dean Winczewski said. “We battled trough some adversity, we played hard and we played confident.”

St. Mary’s guard Scott Nagel hit a 3 with just over a minute to go in regulation to give the Saints a one-point lead, but Bosh – a 6-foot-3 wing – found himself open on the Magicians’ ensuing possession.

With Colter Hustad (19 points, nine rebounds), Austin Frank (16 points) and Brandon Van Dusen (14 points) on the floor and making up the bulk of the Magicians scoring, Bosh’s job was to get stops.

He extended that role, though.

“I just didn’t want anyone to score on me,” Bosh said. “That’s what I was worried about the most. The offense just came to me.”

Minot (10-2, 8-1), which lost its last two games to ranked foes in top-ranked Grands Forks Red River and fifth-ranked Bismarck Century, showed its versatility from the get-go.

When Hustad wasn’t scoring on the inside, Frank was connecting from deep (4-for-9 from 3) and Van Dusen was scoring from all over the foor.

Sure-handed wing Kyle Gerding, whose free throws with two seconds left iced the contest, even dished out 10 assists to go with his nine points.

But St. Mary’s (9-2, 7-2) took advantage of every empty Minot possession with its myriad scorers and showed a bit of touch of their own.

Four Saints reached double figures, led by Nagel’s 17 points and Darius Sparks’ 15. The guard-heavy club shot 50-percent from 3-point range (9 of 18) and hit 10 of 11 free-throw attempts.

Minot never trailed by more than six points, but its leads were typically short-lived. The Saints led most of the game, but the Magicians’ final push – a 10-5 run to take their late lead – was enough.

Hustad used his size against St. Mary’s thinner posts, netting 15 of his 19 points in the second half.

“It was a very good high school basketball game between two good West Region teams,” Winczewski said. “Both teams made shots and battled. There’s going to be more of these this year.”

Minot shot just 7 for 20 from 3-point range, but outrebounded the Saints 35-31.

The Magicians travel to Turtle Mountain on Friday at 7:30 p.m.