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Hamilton dominates

By Staff | Mar 6, 2018

Lori Gronvold for the Tribune Rugby’s Jaden Hamilton gets into position during the championship round of the District 11 tournament Monday evening in Bottineau. Hamilton’s eight 3-pointers helped propel Rugby to a 73-59 win over Velva.

Three was Jaden Hamilton’s lucky number last night at the District 11 boys basketball championship game. He kept getting the bucket over and over, to make 3 points, 7 times in the first half. He finished the night with 36 points, racing the Panthers into the title with the team.

Even Velva’s coach, Issac Sondrol, who was named District 11 Coach of the year, proclaimed “Hamilton, that kid didn’t miss. Hats off to him.”

Hamilton, with a half smile grin, “I shot the ball well. Everything kept going in.”

The District 11 championship game was between No 1-seeded Velva Aggies (14-7) and the No 2-seeded Rugby Panthers (15-7) in Bottineau, Monday, February 26. They played to a packed house and the action was back and forth the entire game.

At the end of the first quarter, Ruby held a 18-12 lead. The second quarter score skyrocketed to 42-27 going into halftime. In the third quarter, Velva’s Nick Effertz got a couple of long range triples by tricking Rugby’s defensive zone. Effertz finished in double figures with 16 points. Hayden Lee had 17 points, and Seth Fahy 14, and Ethan Schepp 10.

The third quarter was like a race, back and forth, up and down the court. Rugby Panther Landen Foster made a layup to close out the third quarter to put the Panthers up 59-46.

Rugby Coach Mike Santjer said, “Hamilton can flat out score.” Rugby Sophomore Hamilton, will be around another two years, and this is good news for Rugby Panthers. Another top Rugby player, Trace Goven is also a sophomore, he scored 18 points.

The fourth quarter finalized the Panther’s vision as they knocked it out at 73-59. Rugby’s 10 point loss to the Velva Aggies in the regular season was vindicated with this win.

Both teams are headed to the Region 6 tournament at the Minot Dome March 5,6 & 8. The Panthers play District 12 No. 4-seed Surrey at 3 p.m. Velva gets the last game on that day with Our Redeemer’s Christian School Knights, the District 12 No 3 seed.

District 11 also has the following regional qualifier wins, No. 3-seeded Bottineau after beating Westhope-Newburg (89-68) and No. 4-seeded Towner-Granville-Upham after upsetting Nedrose (82-76).

In first round regional action, the Bottineau Braves will face District 12 No 2 seeded Des Lacs-Burlington and TGU draws the District 12 tournament champion Bishop Ryan Lions.

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