Sports briefs

Magi complete comeback, edge Mandan

MANDAN – The Minot High School boys basketball team rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to notch a 64-59 West Region win at Mandan on Tuesday.

Mandan blitzed the Magicians by shooting 63 percent from the field and 8 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half, after which the Braves led 44-24.

But Minot (5-1 overall, 3-1 West Region) pulled out the win with the help of 16 points apiece from sophomore Braydon Lund and junior Dakota Halvorson. Junior forward Noah Bosh added 14 points.

“We didn’t play with any effort or any intensity the first half. They outrebounded us and we didn’t get to any loose ball,” MHS coach Dean Winczewski said.

“We just challenged them at halftime about effort. We started chipping away at the lead, cut it to 10 with about 10 minutes left and then finally took our first lead with about two minutes left. We made just enough plays down the stretch to win.”

Ross Effertz had 16 points to lead three Braves scorers in double figures.

MHS hosts Grand Forks Red River at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Magic City Campus.

– Daily News Staff

ORCS boys hold off Velva

VELVA – Senior guard Micah Jacobsen scored a team-high 15 points to lead the Our Redeemer’s Christian School boys basketball team to a 65-61 victory against Velva on Tuesday night.

Davis Koppinger (13 points), John Reiten (11) and Nathan Demme (10) also reached double figures for the Knights, who led at the end of each quarter.

“We didn’t execute very well offensively, but my senior (Jacobsen) stepped up big offensively and had 11 of his 15 in the fourth quarter,” ORCS coach Jeremy Feller said. “And then we hit 9 of 11 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, which obviously helps you seal a win.”

Velva (4-4) received 19 points from Chris Peterson and 14 from Michael Thingstad.

ORCS (8-2) hosts Kenmare on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. The Aggies host TGU on Friday.

– Daily News Staff