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Cavalier downs Flasher, Beulah edges New Town

Cavalier got a bigger shooting percentage. Beulah got a big shot from Cole Messerschmidt. Both added up to wins Friday in the consolation semifinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament at Alerus Center. Cavalier bea...

Cavalier got a bigger shooting percentage.
Beulah got a big shot from Cole Messerschmidt.
Both added up to wins Friday in the consolation semifinals of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament at Alerus Center.
Cavalier beat Flasher 76-56 on Friday, while Messerschmidt’s 3-point basket gave Beulah the late lead in a 50-48 win against New Town.
Flasher and New Town play the seventh-place game at 1 p.m. today, followed by Cavalier vs. Beulah for fifth place.
Cavalier 76, Flasher 56
After shooting just 41 percent in a 2-point quarterfinal loss to Linton-HMB in Thursday’s quarterfinals, Cavalier’s accuracy made a big jump upward. The Tornadoes were 27-of-46 (58 percent) in their win.
“We finished around the rim; that was the total difference between the two games,” Cavalier coach Bryce Laxdal said. “We did a better job of handling contact and powering up.
“We usually shoot around 50 percent. That (58 percent) was a good game for us.”
It was a high-percentage shot that ignited Cavalier to a big close to the second quarter that gave the Tornadoes a 36-26 intermission lead. Ryan Chrest had a steal and dunk, his third of the season.
“That gave us a spark,” Laxdal said. “A play like that gets everybody fired up. We played with more energy.”
Chrest finished with 23 points, with Brock Robbins scoring 20 and Blaine Steiger 11 to lead the Tornadoes.
Zack Schmidt’s 22 points led Flasher, with J.W. Froelich adding 12.
Beulah 50, New Town 48
New Town led almost the entire way. But, with 16 seconds remaining, Messerschmidt hit a 3-point shot for a 49-48 lead.
Messerschmidt made four treys to account for all but two of his points. That gives the senior 10 treys (10-of-19) in the Miners’ two games at state.
“His strength has always been his 3-point shooting,” Beulah coach Jeremy Brandt said. “But he’s shot extremely well at tournament time. I’d guess he’s around 50 percent. He’s just in a good groove.”
Beulah trailed 23-13 at halftime. But Casey Walcker scored 19 points in the third quarter for the Miners, who pulled within 35-32 entering the final eight minutes.
“Defensively, we were happy at halftime,” Brandt said. “But the offensive part was frustrating. We stood around too much. But Casey came out in the second half, got open and shot. He carried us; he kept us in the game.”
Walcker finished with a game-high 24 points, with Messerschmidt adding 14.
New Town’s offense was led by Joe Baker with 14 points and Wayne Fox with 13.

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