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Magicians top, eliminate Dickinson

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson junior forward Luke Herauf, right, pulls up for a jump shot against Minot’s Jacob Holmen during a state-qualifying game at the West Region Tournament on Saturday at the Bismarck Civic Center.

BISMARCK — Minot junior forward Noah Bosh had six points in the 14-plus minutes in the first half.

The 6-foot-4 surpassed his offensive production in the first 5 minutes of the second half.

Bosh finished with a game-high 20 points — including a pair of 3-pointers — to help Minot defeat Dickinson 72-62 in a state-qualifying game of the West Region Tournament on Saturday at the Bismarck Civic Center.

“We couldn’t make a basket to save our lives (on Friday),” Minot head coach Dean Winczewski said. “(On Saturday), Noah got us going in the second half by getting on the glass, getting post ups and hitting huge 3’s. It’s just a matter that he was able to make plays. I’m proud of the way that he responded and I’m proud of the rest of our guys.”

The Midgets (8-14) struggled from the field in the first and second half. Dickinson was 21 of 55 (38 percent) from the field.

Minot (16-6) didn’t have any problem finding the bottom of the basket in the second half. The Magicians were 14 of 25 (56 percent) and finished shooting 46 percent from the field.

“Their effort was outstanding and in my opinion they played hard enough to win,” Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. “You have to give Minot more credit. They made more shots than we did. In every game, someone has to be a winner and someone has to be a loser. But from where this team was at on November 25, this is unbelievable change of what has happened to this group of men.”

With 6-5 senior center Colter Hustad in foul trouble throughout the contest, Minot relied on Braydon Lund in the post. Lund posted a double-double of 18 rebounds — eight of which were offensive — and 12 points. As a team, the Magicians controlled the boards outrebounding Dickinson 41-26.

Hustad picked up two quick fouls and played a total of 2:55 in the first half. The senior ended with six points.

“We just didn’t do very well boxing out,” Dickinson junior forward Luke Herauf said. “They got a lot of boards. All their offensive boards were right at the basket and they were able to put them back. They got 20 points on second chance points.”

Dickinson had a quartet of double-digit scorers. Herauf led the team with 16 points, four rebounds and three blocks. Freshman guard Aanen Moody posted 14 points and four rebounds off the bench, while Parker Egli and Mark Erickson had 11 and 10 points, respectively.

At halftime, the Magicians lead 28-24. Lund led Minot with eight points and seven rebounds, while Dakota Halvorson supplied seven points and five rebounds. Halvorson finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

The biggest lead the Magicians had was 14 points, 57-43, in the second half. The Midgets never held the lead or tied with Minot. The closest Dickinson came being saddled with the 14-point deficit was eight after senior forward Levi Jordheim sank a pair of free throws.

Egli drained the final points of the game after hitting a 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining. The senior guard said it was tough walking off the court after the loss.

“You really just start feeling how big the moment is when time starts coming down,” Egli said. “You just feel like you are going to remember this for a long time.”

The Midgets finished with an 8-14 record after beginning the season with eight straight losses. Moody said the team wasn’t about to give up.

“To win, you have to learn how to lose and we were losing and then we started winning,” he said. “We never gave up. We fought through adversity and we ended our regular season 7-4.”

D: Luke Herauf 16, Aanen Moody 14, Parker Egli 11, Mark Erickson 10, Levi Jordheim 5, Dylan Skabo 4, Mac Rohr 2.

M: Noah Bosh 16, Dakota Halvorson 13, Braydon Lund 12, Kolton Larson 9, Colter Hustad 6, Jordan Seideman 5, Nick Soltis 5, Ben Bolinske 4, Jacob Holmen 2.

3-pointers: D 5 (Herauf 2, Erickson 2, Egli 1), M 4 (Bosh 2, Halvorson 1, Soltis 1). Free throws: D 15-18, M 16-19. Total fouls: D 17, M 19. Fouled out: D, Skabo. M, Hustad. Rebounds: D 26 (Mac Rohr 5), M 41 (Lund 18). Assists: D 10 (Erickson 3), M 10 (Halvorson 3). Steals: D 6 (Herauf 2, Moody 2), M 3. Blocks: D 5 (Herauf 3), M 2. Turnovers: D 13, M 17. Records: D 8-14, M 16-6.