Panther boys advance in Region 6 tourney
Despite the snow delay on Monday, the Region 6 Boys Basketball quarterfinals got underway with matchups between Rugby and Surrey, Des Lacs-Burlington and Bottineau, Bishop Ryan and Towner-Granville-Upham, and Our Redeemers and Velva in the Minot State University Dome on Tuesday night. Thursday’s games were the semifinals G5: Rugby vs DLB and G6: Bishop Ryan Vs Our Redeemer’s. Friday games were G7: Loser of G5 vs Loser G6, at 6 pm. G8: Winner G5 vs Winner G6, 7:30. The championship and third place games were held Friday night at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
In the first game Tuesday night, the Rugby Panthers were off to a game of out running the Surrey Mustangs at the MSU Dome in Minot. The first quarter ended with Rugby 8 and Surrey 0. The Panthers did not give up their offensive lead the entire game. All but one of the players who were on the court scored a bucket in the game. There were 26 turnovers in the contest which allowed easy breakaway buckets. Rugby’s offense could not be beaten by the Mustang’s in the game. Rugby grabbed the game 68 31 which puts them in the Thursday night’s semi final game against the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers.
High scorers for the Rugby game were Trace Goven with a total of 21 in the game, with Jaden Hamilton second at 12, Brock Haakenson 8, Devan Michels 6. High Scoring for the Mustangs were Cody Fuchs with 12, Travis Patterson 8, Ryder Holien 4.
During the second game, the DLB Lakers defeated Bottineau Tuesday evening in a crazy fast paced 61-58 victory. The Lakers’ aggressive 19-point lead over Bottineau came during mid 3rd quarter. In the 4th quarter, Bottineau furiously fought only to lose, but not without giving it their all coming back with a close 3 point lead for DLB.
“For a bit there, it looked like we were playing as well as we have all season,” said Tyler Ystaas the DLB coach. “But then, it flipped on us, we managed the storm and did just enough to survive and advance.”
Trailing 43-24, the Braves employed a full-court press, disorienting the Lakers. The Braves forced 15 second half turnovers and scored 22 points. But it just wasn’t enough. However the second half emergence of standout Braves senior Maxwell Henry dramatically changed the game. Henry was 1 for 5 shooting in the first half for two points, but made 8 of 19 field goals en route to scoring 22 in the second half. Grandy finished with a team high of 24 points. The Lakers shot 46 percent from the floor, 6 of 19 from beyond the arc, and they made 17 of 23 free throws.
In the third quarterfinals game, Tayten Reid delivered big plays Tuesday night for the Our Redeemer’s boys basketball team in the game against the Velva Aggies, resulting in Our Redeemer’s 66 and Velva 61. The victory made the third time this season the Knights beat the Aggies.
“It was really an incredible performance considering Tayten did not get to play these guys the first time we played,” said ORCS coach Mark LaCroix said. Tayten was benched earlier in the season with a sprained ankle.
In the last Region 6 quarterfinals Tuesday, the Bishop Ryan Lions defeated TGU Titans by 73-40. The Lions played offensive and never let their game diminish. They sailed to victory over the Titans.
Prior to the game, the Lions received a pep talk from prior coach and sports legend Dale Brown. He told them to think about playing “We.” Did “We play together?” He told the Lions that he promised them, if they played together, “you’ll make it happen.” Brown spoke to them by speaker phone before the game. Apparently, it worked because the Lions pulled together and could not be stopped, tromping the Titans by 33 points, to win 73-40.
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