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Robertson flirts with quadruple-double in Bowman County's win

BOWMAN - Kenzie Robertson didn't realize he was so close to a quadruple-double. The Bowman County junior was just happy his team got the job done. Robertson had 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and seven steals as the Bulldogs got going e...

BOWMAN - Kenzie Robertson didn't realize he was so close to a quadruple-double. The Bowman County junior was just happy his team got the job done.

Robertson had 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and seven steals as the Bulldogs got going early and quickly took advantage of Heart River's stagnant offense to secure a 62-48 victory on Friday night in the District 13 tournament quarterfinals at Solberg Gymnasium.

"We were ready for districts," Robertson said. "We knew they'd been playing well lately and we'd have to put a good game together to win."

Fourth-seeded Bowman County went to work early, gaining a 14-7 first-quarter advantage and kept the lead through much of the third quarter.

Heart River junior James Duletski had a pair of shots inside the paint in the final 1:45 of the third to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 41-37 by the end of the quarter.

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But, the Bulldogs' offense bared down early in the fourth, and Bowman County went on a 10-2 run in the first 3:31 of the quarter to solidify the victory.

Robertson, a 6-foot guard, said having the past week without a game played a factor in the Bulldogs' victory.

"The week without a game really helped us," Robertson said. "We worked on our defenses and it paid off."

Devon Schmeling scored a game-high 18 points and added six rebounds for the fifth-seeded Cougars, but went down with a left ankle injury while driving to the hoop with 6:35 left in the fourth quarter.

"(Robertson) was having trouble with Schmeling, he played well," Bulldogs coach Gary Ballard said. "If he wouldn't have got hurt, that would have went right down to the end."

Robertson picked things up on the defensive end late in the game and did most of his scoring before the fourth quarter. He was 6 of 9 from the field and had just one turnover.

"Kenzie is always kind of the quiet guy of the group," Ballard said. "... We wonder why he doesn't shoot the ball a little bit more. Tonight he did."

Duletski was able to get to the hoop and finished with 15 points. The junior added six rebounds and five steals.

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However, Heart River coach Craig Olson said Schmeling and Duletski were just as much a part of the team's stagnancy as anyone else.

"Offensively, I just thought we had too much standing around," Olson said. "... No one was screening away and if one did, no one was using it."

The Bulldogs, who improved to 11-9 and will play top-seeded Mott Regent in at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals, got another boost from the return of junior center Alex Wolf.

Playing in his first game in more than two weeks due to illness, Wolf - the team's leading scorer - finished with 13 points on 6 of 9 shooting while playing less than 16 minutes.

"That was plenty," Ballard said. "We have to take it easy on him and I hope he doesn't relapse on us."

Bowman County 62, Heart River 48

HR 7 22 37 48

BC 14 29 41 62

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HR: Devon Schmeling 18, James Duletski 15, Jimmy Smith 6, Cody Koppenstein 4, Taylor Landis 3, Daniel Mehrer 2.

BC: Brock Boos 14, Kenzie Robertson 14, Alex Wolf 13, Tyler Fischer 9, Tyson Harding 8, Logan Cox 4.

3-pointers: Schmeling, Landis. Free throws: HR 8-16, BC 8-15. Total fouls: HR 16, BC 16. Fouled out: Smith. Rebounds: HR 30 (Smith 9), BC 27 (Robertson 8). Assists: HR 14 (Smith 7), BC 21 (Boos 7). Steals: HR 11 (Duletski 5), BC 13 (Robertson 7). Turnovers: HR 22, BC 13.

Beach 69, Scranton 40

Nate Zachmann knew third-seeded Beach couldn't look past sixth-seeded Scranton.

So, the Buccaneers' 6-foot-4 senior center crashed the boards and went hard to the hoop to the tune of 17 points and 15 rebounds to help his team secure a quarterfinal victory.

"You can't overlook them at all," Zachmann said. "I think that's why we came out so hard. You can't just lie down and lay an egg."

Beach (12-8) started the game with a 10-0 lead and kept Scranton off the scoreboard until the 2:21 mark of the first quarter. The Buccaneers led 17-6 at the end of the first and 35-16 at halftime.

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"We wanted to come out of the blocks quick," Helvik said.

Zachmann got off to a slow start, but scored 11 of his 17 points in the second quarter.

"I finally got my legs under me," Zachmann said.

Casey Kromarek shot 5 of 9 from the field and hit two 3-pointers to lead the Miners with 12 points. Blake Honeyman added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Beach 69, Scranton 40

Scranton 6 16 32 40

Beach 17 35 47 69

S: Casey Kromarek 12, Blake Honeyman 10, Travis Teske 9, Shawn Burns 5, Brian Hagen 2, Joe Symanowski 2.

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B: Nathan Zachmann 17, Derek Weinreis 15, Justin Maus 14, Jake Tescher 10, Nolan Niece 9, Jordan Tescher 2, Tanner Tescher 2.

3-pointers: Teske 2, Kromarek 2, Burns, Weinreis 3, Ja. Tescher 2, Maus, Niece. Free throws: S 3-7, B 20-30. Total fouls: S 19, B 11. Fouled out: Hagen. Rebounds: S 33 (Honeyman 9), B 42 (Zachmann 15). Assists: S 12 (Hagen, Symanowski 3), B 14 (Niece 5). Steals: S 3 (Honeyman 2), B 12 (Weinreis 4). Turnovers: S 20, B 14.

Hettinger 58, New England 40

New England came close, but once it did, Hettinger took over.

The seventh-seeded Tigers trailed by just six points when the second-seeded Black Devils broke the game open and cruised to the quarterfinal win.

Hettinger led 29-23 when New England turned the ball over and gave up a 3-pointer to Black Devils junior Jerad Jacobson.

"That was really the time that really hurt us," Tigers coach Dan Conner said. "... Before you knew it, it (Hettinger's lead) was up to 15."

Jacobson had three 3-pointers and had a game-high 17 points. He added four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

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"He was the one guy that was one and he kind of stayed on all night long," Hettinger coach Adam Hill said. "Anytime we needed one, he just put one in."

The Black Devils now move on to the semifinals, where they'll face Beach at 7:30 p.m. today.

Hill said the way New England kept things close on Friday, he's worried about how his team will perform against Beach.

"We've had a whole bunch of guys with the flu this week," Hill said. "What we really wanted to do was get a good lead early and go to the bench. ... It was our goal to try and rest starters tonight for tomorrow night. We didn't get to the do that as much as we wanted to."

Eighth-grader Clarence Binstock came off the bench and helped the Tigers keep it close. He scored a team-high 13 points, had four assists and three rebounds.

"He's got a future ahead of him," Conner said. "He's a good ball player, the best thing I can say about him is that he knows the game and he knows what to do."

New England plays Scranton at 4:30 p.m. today in a loser-out game.

"I think if we play the way that we play for most of the game tonight, I think we've got a shot," Conner said.

Hettinger 58, New England 40

NE 7 18 30 40

Hettinger 17 25 45 58

NE: Clarence Binstock 13, Cory Wilhelm 12, Shawn Kuntz 8, Danial Binstock 5, Avery Krebs 2.

H: Jerad Jacobson 17, Drew Nash 15, Alex Willoughby 8, Ryan Fulker 8, Lance Johnson 6, Nathan Weaver 3, Ander Thompson 1.

3-pointers: Clarence Binstock 2, Danial Binstock, Jacobson 3. Free throws: NE 9-12, H 17-25. Total fouls: NE 19, H 16. Rebounds: NE 29 (Wilhelm 9), H 38 (Willoughby 6). Assists: NE 10 (Clarence Binstock 4), H 14 (three players with 4). Steals: NE 6 (Danial Binstock 2, Wilhelm 2), H 10 (Willoughby 3, Jacobson 3). Turnovers: NE 20, H 15.

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