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Bombers sink Pirates

Photo by Kevin Cederstrom/Special to Forum Comm. Co. Kidder County senior Adam Randall, right, is stopped by Berthold sophomore Daniel Yale during Friday's Class B boys basketball state tournament semifinal game at the Minot State Dome.

MINOT -- The Berthold boys basketball team held Kidder County scoreless for 4 minutes, 21 seconds in the second quarter during a 12-0 run, and coasted to a 63-47 victory over the Pirates on Friday in the semifinals of the Class B state tournament at the Minot State University Dome.

"Hustle plays. A steal here and there and offensive put backs," Berthold coach Brock Teets said of his team's game-changing run. "We just feed off that energy and feed off each other."

The Bombers took eighth place at last year's state tournament. They face Carrington at 7:15 tonight in the state championship game. Kidder County takes on Cavalier for third place at 5 p.m.

A host of Berthold players got into the action in the first half, but nobody shined brighter than 6-foot-3 sophomore center Daniel Yale. Yale led Berthold with 17 points and had 10 rebounds.

The Bombers led 35-19 at halftime.

"He's so explosive off the rim," Teets said. "When Danny's focused he's a beast down there."

"I don't think we anticipated the rebounding power of (Yale)," Kidder County coach Paul Olson said. "We wanted them to beat us deep and they didn't beat us deep. They beat us by offensive rebounds and put backs."

Yale also drew the assignment of guarding Kidder County's 6-4, all-state senior guard Adam Randall. The sophomore rose to the occasion, limiting Randall to six first-half points.

"Adam Randall is a great basketball player and being able to guard him was an honor," Yale said. "I was happy I could help the team out."

Randall ended up with a game-high 22 points after hitting three 3-pointers in the second half. However, he was just 7 of 24 from the field.

"(Randall) struggled shooting the ball early on," Olson said. "When he struggles, we struggle."

"(Daniel) did everything for us tonight. He guarded one of the best players in the state and did a good job on him," Teets said. "He's energized right now and has been a star for us these last two games."

Yale posted 23 points in Thursday's 91-82 double overtime victory over Fargo Oak Grove in the quarterfinals.

The Bombers dominated the glass all evening, outrebounding Kidder County 40-29, with 13 of those coming on the offensive end. The Pirates also struggled to find the hoop, converting just 15 of 53 (28 percent) shots from the floor.

"It's a hard game win you're shooting 19 percent at halftime," Olson said. "They murdered us on the boards in the first half. We did better in the second half, but it just wasn't meant to be."

Berthold senior Matt Yale, Daniel's brother, came flying into the semifinal against the Pirates, after posting a triple double (30 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists) a day earlier against the Oak Grove. Matt Yale finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael White and Lyndon Bloms also hit double figures in scoring for the Bombers with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

"This is what these kids have been working for since they were five years old," Teets said. "Our motto this season has been 'play for each other' and that's what they've done. They appreciate what each other does."

Savaloja is a reporter for The Jamestown Sun, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.

KC 12 19 32 47

Berthold 18 35 47 63

KIDDER COUNTY (20-6): Wahl 0-2 0-0 0, W. Nicholson 2-6 0-1 6, Miller 1-7 2-2 4, N. Nicholson 1-4 3-4 5, Randall 7-24 5-7 22, Kalianoff 4-9 2-3 10, Leier 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-53 12-17 47.

BERTHOLD (26-1): Brown 2-4 0-0 5, Bloms 4-8 0-0 10, Birdsall 1-1 1-2 3, Langan 1-2 0-1 2, Axelson 1-3 0-0 2, White 3-5 4-6 11, M.Yale 5-10 3-4 13, D.Yale 8-14 1-2 17. Totals: 25-47 9-15 63.

3-pointers: W. Nicholson 2, Randall 3, Bloms 2, Brown, White. Total fouls: KC 18, B 18. Fouled out: Kalianoff. Rebounds: KC 29 (Kalianoff 9), B 40 (M. Yale 11). Assists: KC 7 (Wahl 2, Randall 2), B 11 (M. Yale 5).