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Shiloh outlasts Berthold
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GRAND FORKS -- Joey Dwyer gave his dad a helping hand in the coaching department.

The senior guard hit a 12-foot pullup jumper in the lane Saturday night with 11.9 seconds remaining for the go-ahead points as Shiloh Christian edged Berthold 52-50 in the third-place game of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament.

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It was Joey Dwyer who suggested the play to his father, Mike, during a timeout.

"Just a helpful suggestion," Joey Dwyer said with a smile. "It doesn't happen very often. But I was hitting my jump shot today. During the timeout, I asked my dad for an isolation play. He let me have it. It worked."

After a Berthold turnover, Shiloh Christian added a free throw for the final two-point margin and giving the senior a game-high 19 points.

Mike Dwyer said it isn't unusual for player suggestions. "A lot of times in the huddle, I'll ask the kids what they want to run. They have input."

A big third quarter sparked the Skyhawks. Berthold led 23-16 at halftime, but Shiloh Christian closed the third on a 16-5 run to go up 34-30.

"I think both teams came out flat after disappointing losses (in Friday's semifinals)," Mike Dwyer said. "We talked at halftime about moving the ball, being more sharp. We came out in the third quarter with more energy. We just executed better."

Shiloh Christian increased its lead to 40-32 early in the fourth quarter before Berthold rallied behind Daniel Yale. The senior standout had the first eight points in an 11-2 run. The Bombers took a 50-49 lead with 31 seconds left when Mitchel White hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 31 seconds left.

"We were pretty flat for three-and-a-half quarters," Berthold coach Brock Teets said. "But it seemed like the kids really got after it then.

"Daniel's battling some injuries. He wasn't himself this weekend. He really gutted it out and made plays. And Mitchel really sparked us with his defense. But we put ourselves into too big of a hole."

Dwyer had 19 points and Donovan Lambert added 12 points for the Skyhawks. Alex Bloms had 18 points and Yale finished with a double double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Berthold 12 23 30 50

SC 6 16 34 52

B: Bloms 7-13 4-4 18, Yale 4-17 4-5 12, White 3-7 0-1 5, Birdsall 2-6 0-0 5, Gunderson 1-5 0-0 3, Lindahl 1-1 0-0 3, Jenson 1-4 0-0 2, Lee 0-3 0-0 0, Neshem 0-2 0-0 0, Langan 0-2 0-0 0.

SC: Dwyer 8-17 3-5 19, Lambert 4-13 3-4 12, Hultstrand 4-8 0-0 8, Bearstail 2-5 0-0 6, Rask 2-6 1-2 5, Miller 1-4 0-0 2.

3-pointers: B 4-22 (White 1, Birdsall 1, Gunderson 1, Lindahl 1), SC 3-17 (Lambert 1, Bearstail 2). Rebounds: B 32 (Yale 12), SC 31 (Hultstrand 8). Assists: B 7 (Yale 3), SC 7 (Dwyer 3). Total fouls: B 10, SC 10. Free throws: B 8-10, SC 7-11.

DeVillers is a sports reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

Grafton 71,

Central Cass 57

It's never too late to adjust.

Grafton closed its boys basketball season with a rare switch from a man-to-man defense to a zone. The maneuver paid off as the Spoilers rallied to beat Central Cass 71-57 in the consolation championship of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament.

"It's probably only the fourth time we've played zone all year, and one of those was sort of for a practice at it," Spoilers coach Mike Hanson said. "But they were penetrating so well and getting good looks. We wanted to switch things up. We had to make an adjustment, (Central Cass guard Ellery) Bresnahan is so quick."

Central Cass poured in 41 points in the first half to lead by six. The Squirrels managed only 16 points in the second half after Grafton went to its zone early in the third quarter.

The Squirrels were still even at 55 when Bresnahan hit a free throw with 4:09 left. But Grafton responded with the next 14 points and a game-closing 16-2 run.

"I think both teams were pretty fatigued," Grafton senior Jake Hanson said. "That first half was a fast pace. Maybe we had a little more juice left. We put it together at the end."

Garek Droog's basket gave Grafton the lead for good at 57-55. Jake Hanson had six points in the closing spurt, while Austin Contreras had four points and a steal that led to a layup.

Hanson finished with a game-high 22 points. Nic Lundquist had 13, Adam Jiskra and Contreras 10 each and Droog scored nine.

"Contreras gave us good energy off the bench," Mike Hanson said. "He did a great job. And Garek played well off the bench, too."

Central Cass received 17 points from Matt Zimmerman and 12 from Bresnahan. The Squirrels were 15-of-27 from the field in the first half; they connected on 4 of their 25 field-goal attempts in the second half.

"We had lulls in our offense," Central Cass coach Troy Roesler said. "Usually we play our way out of it when that happens. But give Grafton credit; they kept coming at us. And we had good looks. But we shot 16 percent in the second half; you can't beat anybody shooting like that."

CC 22 41 51 57

G 17 35 57 71

CC: Zimmerman 6-17 3-6 17, Bresnahan 4-16 3-5 12, Roesler 3-5 3-4 9, Sundquist 3-6 1-3 8, Lubbers 2-4 0-0 6, Ueland 1-2 1-1 3, Larson 0-1 1-2 1, Rieniets 0-0 1-2 1, Ebach 0-1 0-0 0, Breske 0-0 0-0 0, Utt 0-0 0-0 0.

G: Hanson 8-14 4-5 22, Lundquist 5-13 1-2 13, Contreras 3-6 2-2 10, Jiskra 4-8 1-2 10, Droog 4-4 1-2 9, Burns 2-2 0-0 4, Houdek 1-4 0-0 2, Villareal 0-0 1-4 1, Lunde 0-0 0-0 0, Torkelson 0-0 0-0 0.

3-pointers: CC 6 (Zimmerman 2, Lubbers 2, Bresnahan 1, Sundquist 1), G 5 (Hanson 2, Lundquist 2, Jiskra 1). Rebounds: CC 28 (Ueland 7), G 32 (Hanson 7, Houdek 7). Assists: CC 9 (Bresnahan 3, Ueland 3, Sundquist 3), G 13 (Hanson 4, Jiskra 4). Total fouls: CC 14, G 16. Fouled out: Roesler. Free throws: CC 13-23, G 10-17.

Linton-HMB 68, Divide County 43

Tanner Purintun is the only player to average at least 20 points a game for Linton-HMB in the 30 years Dan Carr has coached the Lions. Purintun went out with a bang in the seventh-place game.

The senior guard poured in 32 points to lead Linton to the win. He also grabbed nine rebounds and four steals.

Linton-HMB got off to a fast start, leading 17-7 after one quarter, and built its advantage to 33-16 at halftime and 53-31 after three.

Andreas Holm had a big game for Divide County with 25 points and 17 rebounds.

LHMB 17 33 53 68

DC 7 16 31 43

LHMB: T. Purintun 14-28 1-2 32, Sehn 3-6 1-2 8, Dralle 3-6 2-2 8, Ryckman 2-4 0-0 4, Humann 2-8 0-0 4, Small 1-2 1-2 4, Wieser 1-7 1-2 3, Flyberg 1-1 0-0 3, Schneider 1-1 0-0 2, Baumiller 0-1 0-0 0, J. Purintun 0-2 0-0 0, Glatt 0-1 0-0 0.

DC: Holm 11-23 3-5 25, Feil 4-5 0-0 8, Wigginton 2-13 0-0 5, Lystad 0-5 0-0 0, M. Jacobs 2-13 1-2 5, I. Jacobs 0-5 0-0 0, Binde 0-0 0-0 0, Marschner 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0.

3-pointers: LHMB 6 (T. Purintun 3, Sehn 1, Small 1, Flyberg 1), DC 1 (Wigginton 1). Free throws: LHMB 6-9, DC 4-7. Total fouls: LHMB 9, DC 11. Fouled out: Holm. Rebounds: LHMB 38 (Wiser 9, T. Purintun 9), DC 42 (Holm 17). Assists: LHMB 9 (T. Purintun 3), DC 4 (Holm 2).

-- Herald Staff Reports

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