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Century boys basketball gets hot start in N.D. quarterfinal win over Roughriders

Will Obioha of Grand Forks Red River is guarded by Kade Amundson of Bismarck Century during their North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 8, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service1 / 2
Pierson Painter of Grand Forks Red River performs a layup against Bismarck Century during their North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball quarterfinal game Thursday, March 8, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center, Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service2 / 2

FARGO—Josh Sipes of Century High School in Bismarck has been to state tournaments before. He still gets nervous before games but looked poised as his team relied on him early and often during the North Dakota Class A boys basketball state quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8, at North Dakota State University's Scheels Center.

Sipes recorded a double-double with game highs of 25 points and 11 rebounds as he paced West Region No. 1 seed Bismarck Century to a 68-44 win over East Region No. 4 seed Grand Forks Red River.

Century has been in the state semifinals five times in the past six years and in the state championship two of the previous three years, but they haven't won a title since 2011. The Patriots, who lost in the state championship last season, looked like they were ready to make good on this trip to the state tournament.

"We've had some bitter losses," Sipes said. "We definitely don't want it to come down to that again. We have a chip on our shoulder."

Kade Amundson, who finished with 12 points, relied on his hook shot as he scored eight of Century's first 13 points.

"It was a good start," Amundson said. "We just came out with an aggressive mindset."

Red River head coach Kirby Krefting said he wanted to speed the pace of the game, but the Patriots ran their half-court sets methodically as they grabbed an early lead.

"When you do work so hard to get open shots and they don't go down, it makes for a tough game," Krefting said. "They set the tone right away."

GRAND FORKS RED RIVER (10-16): Enerson 4 2-2 11, Richardson 5 0-0 10, Painter 4 0-0 8, C. Benson 3 0-1 6, Dvorak 2 0-0 4, Stephenson 1 1-2 3, Walker 1 0-0 2, Feller 0 0-0 0, Obiaho 0 0-0 0, R. Benson 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 3-5 44.

BISMARCK CENTURY (23-2): Sipes 11 0-0 25, Amundson 5 2-4 12, Mattern 4 0-2 8, Feeney 3 0-0 8, Lynch 2 0-0 4, Vance 2 0-0 4, Kraljic 2 0-0 4, Hauglie 1 0-0 3, Jones 0 0-0 0, Martin 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 2-6 68.

Half: BC 32, GFRR 19. 3-point goals: Enerson, Sipes 3, Feeney 2, Hauglie. Total fouls: GFRR 12, BC 11. Rebounds: GFRR 21 (three tied with 3), BC 34 (Sipes 11). Assists: GFRR 7 (Dvorak 4), BC 13 (Feeney 3). Turnovers: GFRR 12, BC 10.

Colton Pool

Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter. 

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