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Cavalier edges Beulah for 5th

GRAND FORKS — Ryan Chrest closed his high school basketball career with two big plays.

In the final 30 seconds, Chrest got an interception, then scored on a buzzer beater as Cavalier rallied past Beulah 58-56 in the fifth-place game of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament.

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“At the end of games, its Ryan’s time,” Cavalier coach Bryce Laxdal said. “He showed it again.”

The game looked to be headed for overtime when Cavalier’s Trent Karel took a running shot from the right side as time was expiring that glanced off the rim. But Chrest, set up under the basket, leaped and tipped in a shot to just beat the buzzer.

“We were trying to set me up on a backdoor play, but they had good defense,” Chrest, a senior guard, said. “I wound up being in the right spot at the right time. I had no clue how much time was left, so I put it up as quickly as possible. It was some luck.”

Cavalier got the opportunity when, on Beulah’s final possession, an attempted pass into the post was intercepted by the leaping Chrest. The turnover gave Cavalier the basketball with 30 seconds left and the game tied. “As soon as I saw the lob go up, I knew Ryan would get it,” Laxdal said. “You don’t get a lob pass over Ryan.”

The Tornadoes had to overcome a 9-point deficit in the third quarter. After the Tornadoes opened the second half with a basket to pull within 31-30, Beulah hit four straight layups to go ahead 39-30 with 5:49 left in the third quarter.

But Cavalier put on a press that forced 13 turnovers in the final 13:30.

“We had to press,” Laxdal said. “And the guys really went after it. The press was the difference. It got us some possessions and points, and I think we disrupted their rhythm.”

Cavalier took its first lead of the second half at 56-54 on a Brock Robbins shot. Casey Walcker answered with a field goal to tie the score and set up Chrest’s late heroics.

Walcker’s 16 points led the Miners, with Randi Julson adding 15 and Landon Battest 10.

Robbins scored 23 and Chrest 16 to lead Cavalier.

Flasher 66, New Town 59

Taylor Krenz and Zack Schmidt combined for 47 points in leading Flasher in to the win in the seventh-place game.

The hot-shooting Krenz finished with 26 points. He was 5 of 9 on 3-pointers and 11 of 12 on free throws to account for all of his points. Schmidt scored 21.

Brandon Braun added nine points while pulling down 17 rebounds for Flasher.

New Town had four players in double figures. Wayne Fox led the way with 17. Joe Baker had a double double with 14 points and 10 assists. Elijah Grady and Daryl Grady each scored 10 and grabbed 10 rebounds.