Sports Briefs

Magicians advance to semifinals

BISMARCK – Six players on the Minot High School boys basketball team scored at least eight points as the third-seeded Magicians defeated sixth-seeded Dickinson 62-48 in the West Region quarterfinals on Thursday.

Senior guard Austin Frank led the Magicians with 15 points and sophomore forward Noah Bosh chipped in 10.

Minot (16-4) led 31-16 at halftime thanks in part to unselfish play. The Magicians finished with 14 assists, with senior forwards Brandon Van Dusen and Kyle Gerding each recording six helpers. Gerding also finished with a game-high 10 rebounds and added nine points as well.

Jordan Krieg scored a game-high 20 points for Dickinson (10-10).

The Magicians play No. 2 seed Bismarck Century today at 7:15 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Majettes’ offense struggles in loss to Mandan

BISMARCK – The Minot High School girls basketball team had an offensive performace it would like to forget in a 43-34 loss to Mandan in the first round of the West Region tournament on Thursday.

The Majettes (9-10) shot 28 percent from the field and senior forward Morgan Milbrath was the only Minot player to finish in double figures. Milbrath tallied a game-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting. The rest of the Majettes finished with six made field goals combined.

“We couldn’t buy a shot,” MHS coach Todd Magnuson said. “That’s the bottom line. We got down on ourselves with all the turnovers we had, which didn’t help. A lot of them were unforced errors.”

The Majettes committed 28 turnovers, only three of which were steals by Mandan.

Mariah Fredericks finished with a team-high 11 points for the Braves.

Minot plays Turtle Mountain in a loser-out game today at 4:30 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Three Dakota teams lose at NAIA basketball tourneys

JAMESTOWN (AP) – Half of the six teams from the Dakotas who made the NAIA Division II men’s and women’s basketball tournaments are going home.

The Valley City State men’s team on Wednesday lost 75-72 to Indiana University Southeast at the national tournament in Point Lookout, Mo.

In the women’s tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, Bethel defeated Valley City State 73-69, and Northwestern of Iowa downed Mayville State 92-66.

Three more Dakotas teams play their first-round games Thursday: the Jamestown College men’s and women’s teams and the Dakota State men’s team.