DL-B’s balanced attack proves too much for Ryan
The Bishop Ryan boys basketball team was able to hold Des Lacs-Burlington’s Tanner Holte and Chris Duke below their 20-point averages on Friday.
But the Lions weren’t able to corral the third member of DL-B’s prolific junior trio – point guard Cole Edwards.
Edwards sliced up Ryan’s defense for eight points and 11 assists – including several of the no-look variety – to lead the Lakers to a 65-51 District 12 semifinal win at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
The top-seeded Lakers advance to play Berthold in tonight’s final, while Bishop Ryan drops into a region-qualifying game against Glenburn.
“They were focusing so much on taking away Duke and Holte,” Edwards said. “That opened up the lane a lot so I drove, made them collapse on me and found the open teammates.”
Senior post Travis Johnson was the beneficiary of several of the crafty lefty’s passes, scoring 16 points.
“Travis Johnson worked really hard and had a good game, did some really nice things for us,” DL-B coach Doug Wagner said. “Those are the things we need when teams focus on taking away the two 20-plus points a game scorers for us.”
Holte still had a game-high 19 points for DL-B and Duke added 12 on the strength of three 3-pointers.
After a back-and-forth start to the game, the Lakers earned some separation with an 18-0 run beginning two minutes into the second quarter. After Holte made a layup with two minutes, 27 seconds to go in the opening half, DL-B led 33-17.
“That’s a good example of in this stage of the game how everything’s magnified,” Ryan coach Tyler Ystaas said. “So if you have a stretch where you’re not focused, you’re not concentrating, it’s magnified times 10.”
The fourth-seeded Lions eventually pulled within nine points on a Brody Bosch 3-pointer late in the third quarter, but they wouldn’t get closer.
Edwards drove for a layup, then assisted on four of the Lakers’ next six baskets to help DL-B push its lead back to 20.
The Lakers clinched a trip to the Region 6 tournament with the win, but will first play for the District 12 championship.
“It takes that pressure off,” Wagner said. “We’re advancing, we’re playing next week, so we can just focus on tomorrow and trying to bring home that district trophy.”
Berthold 61, Our Redeemer’s 43
Berthold outscored Our Redeemer’s Christian School 16-3 in the opening quarter of the other semifinal and cruised to the win. The second-seeded Bombers led by 18 after each subsequent quarter.
Logan Gunderson had a game-high 18 for Berthold, which connected on six 3-pointers. Austin Lee and Cale Neshem chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Tanner Strand’s 13 points led the third-seeded Knights, who drop into a region qualifier against Surrey.
Glenburn 52, Kenmare 46
In a tight game, Glenburn’s imposing front line proved to be the difference.
Sixth-seeded Kenmare struggled to score inside when it counted, while the No. 5 Panthers got 17 points out of Houston Lavachek (6-foot-6) and 15 out of freshman Dustin Weeks (6-6).
With No. 7 Glenburn clinging to a three-point lead in the final two minutes, 6-5 senior post Devin Korynta got two putbacks – one of which resulted in a three-point play – to give the Panthers a 51-43 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“We imposed our size tremendously,” Glenburn coach Larry Derr said. “We knew coming in that was our advantage and we worked hard. The kids just played well.”
Jace Helmers had a game-high 18 points for the Honkers, who were eliminated with the loss.
Glenburn plays No. 4 Bishop Ryan in a loser-out game at 6 tonight.
Surrey 35, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 34
The Mustangs didn’t exactly close out the game in textbook fashion, but Surrey made the stops it needed to down the stretch to keep its season alive.
Surrey shot just 6-of-23 from the free-throw line and missed its final seven attempts of the game.
M-L-S had a chance to tie with a well-contested 3-pointer by Adam Undlin with a couple seconds remaining. The forced attempt was an airball and Connor Brackenbury’s putback at the buzzer left the eighth-seeded Mavericks a point short.
“It was just an old-fashioned rock fight,” Surrey coach Mike Hultz said. “I thought we had some quality looks and missed them and obviously there’s 6-for-23 from the free-throw line. I think a positive for us, offensively, is we made an adjustment against their zone and we got two layups. The kids executed real nice.”
Fifth-seeded Surrey led throughout the game, but the Mavericks fought back behind 12 second-half points from Sam Carlson.
The senior finished with a game-high 14 points and speedy guard Blaine Cook added 10.
Austin Gleave was the lone Surrey player in double figures with 10 points. He also scored Surrey’s last points of the game, hitting a pair of free throws with one minute, 21 seconds remaining to give the Mustangs a 35-27 lead they’d barely maintain.