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CLASS B BOYS: Dwyer, Lambert lead Shiloh over Divide County

GRAND FORKS -- Shiloh Christian's Donovan Lambert was frustrated. His first five 3-point attempts refused to fall.

In the closing seconds of the second quarter, however, Lambert launched his sixth. This one found nothing but the net, and the Skyhawks discovered nothing but success the rest of the way in beating Divide County 58-48 on Thursday in the opening game of the Class B state boys basketball tournament.

"I was very frustrated at that point," said Lambert. "Coach said keep shooting and in the second half they fell."

The Skyhawks' 3-point shooting in the third quarter ultimately decided the game. Lambert's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Shiloh a 25-23 lead at the break. The Skyhawks followed with six treys in the third. Their first field goal of the quarter didn't come until Joey Dwyer's drive with 29 seconds left gave Shiloh a 45-35 lead.

"We've been a good 3-point shooting team," Shiloh coach Mike Dwyer said. "Sometimes, though, we take them too early in our offense and that was the case in the first half."

The Skyhawks were only 3-for-14 on 3-point attempts in the first half.

In the second half, however, patience and good shots from the perimeter won out.

"That 3-pointer at the first-half buzzer provided them a lot of momentum," said Divide County coach Jake Dhuyvetter. "Then they hit their first 3 of the third quarter. They were hitting on all cylinders after that. It just wasn't one kid, either."

Joey Dwyer led the Skyhawks with 18 points. Lambert added 17 as they combined to go 5-for-16 beyond the arc.

Shiloh came into the tournament averaging 48 percent from the field. But the Skyhawks aren't necessarily a 3-point shooting team.

"We really don't have a typical game," Mike Dwyer said. "Sometimes, we'll shoot 10 threes; sometimes 25. This team took the inside away from us."

And that led to the 3-point barrage.

Divide County received 16 points from Morgan Jacobs. Andreas Holm had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Divide County is the smallest school in the tournament and outside of a stretch in the third quarter could have been playing in tonight's semifinals.

"I asked the kids what the turning point was and they said it was that four-minute stretch in the third quarter when they hit those 3-pointers," Dhuyvetter said. "That's what did it."

DC 10 23 36 48

SC 9 23 47 58

DC: M. Jacobs 7-13 1-3 16, Holm 4-18 4-6 12, Wigginton 4-13 0-0 10, I. Jacob 4-7 0-0 10, Lystad 0-7 0-0 0, Marschner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 19-60 5-9 48.

SC: Dwyer 7-16 2-2 18, Lambert 5-13 4-5 17, Bearstail 3-5 0-0 9, Rask 3-8 0-0 6, Hulstrand 2-9 0-2 5, Miller 1-3 0-0 3, Klitzke 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 21-55 6-9 58.

3-pinters: DC 5 (Wigginton 2, I. Jacobs 2, M. Jacobs 1), SC 10 (Lambert 3, Bearstail 3, Dwyer 2, Hultstrand 1, Miller 1). Total fouls: DC 12, SC 11. Rebounds: DC 39 (Holm 15), SC 30 (Rask 7). Assists: DC 5 (Wigginton 3), SC 10 (Dwyer 3, Lambert 3). Turnovers: DC 10, SC 9. Records: DC 18-8, SC 22-3.

Nelson is the sports editor for the Grand Forks Herald,

which is owned by Forum Communications Co.