Four Winds runs past Mott-Regent for fifth place at State 'B'
FARGO -- Four Winds was just too physical for Mott-Regent on Saturday afternoon.
The Indians forced 23 turnovers and held the Wildfire to a 36-percent performance from the field as they cruised to a 49-39 victory in the Class B state tournament's consolation championship at the Fargodome.
It was the second consecutive fifth-place finish for the Indians, who ended their season at 21-7.
Defense cued Four Winds' second-quarter run that knocked Mott-Regent on its heels and used a third-quarter eruption to seal the victory.
"The key for the win today was defense," Four Winds sophomore Oliver Dauphinais said. "... He (Indians coach Rick Smith) stressed we needed to stop the inbounds pass because they like to get out and run."
Four Winds trailed 16-15 when Dauphinais' put back of a missed free throw sparked a 10-0 run over a 3:13 span that gave the Indians a 25-18 halftime advantage.
"We missed about three or four layups where we could have got ahead," Mott-Regent coach John Butterfield said.
Dauphinais, a 5-foot-11 guard, scored five points during the run and C.J. Ironheart added a trey from the right wing during the outburst.
Mott-Regent cut Four Winds' lead to five, 25-20, after Brade Schweitzer drove to the hoop for his team's first points of the third quarter. However, Ironheart fired back with a pair of 3-pointers and sparked a 10-2 run that put the Wildfire away.
Dauphinais and Travis LaRock sealed the run. Dauphinais made a fast-break layup and LaRock stole Mott-Regent's ensuing in-bounds pass and sank a layup two seconds later to make it 37-23.
Ironheart scored a game-high 16 points for the Indians and Dauphinais added 14.
"They had to have about 20 points off them (turnovers)," Schweitzer said. "That's what killed us. We lost our composure after that. Once you get down to them, it's pretty much over."
Mott-Regent, which ended its season at 21-7, looked ready to run with Four Winds early on.
Wildfire senior Devan Laufer helped his team keep things close by going 5 of 9 from the field in the first half. However, he took only three other shots in the game and scored all of his 10 points in the first half. He fouled out with 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Wildfire, who tend to come out ahead when they can get second chances, were held to just seven offensive rebounds and were out-rebounded 38-31.
"They were quicker to the ball," Butterfield said. "The loose balls, they got about 90 percent of them."
Still, Butterfield was not displeased with his team's performance at the tournament or the season.
"It was fun being here and we did win a game," he said. "... A lot of teams would have liked to finish with more than 20 wins."