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Dion Madler’s 22 points leads Heart River Cougars boys basketball past Richardton-Taylor Raiders

SOUTH HEART -- Heart River's boys basketball team overcame an early deficit to defeat Richardton-Taylor Tuesday, winning 66-56 in their play-in game of the Region 7 Tournament.

SOUTH HEART - Heart River’s boys basketball team overcame an early deficit to defeat Richardton-Taylor Tuesday, winning 66-56 in their play-in game of the Region 7 Tournament.The Raiders led 20-18 after the first quarter, but the Cougars bounced back to lead by eight at halftime and extended their lead from there.Heart River got 22 points from junior guard Dion Madler and 20 points from senior forward Cole Olson to lead the way. Richardton-Taylor junior guard Brendan Butterfield hit three 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 14 points, and senior forward Abe Axtmann backed him up with 11. With the win, Heart River moves on to face Mott-Regent, the No. 5 seed at3:30 p.m. Monday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. RT  20  29  37  56HR  18  37  51  66RT: Brendan Butterfield 14, Matthew Naumann 1, Abe Axtmann 11, Ethan Kuntz 9, Jayden Olson 7, Denver Colgrove 4.HR: Dion Madler 22, Cole Olson 20, Jayden Krivoruchka 6, Seth Keator 6, Eldon Privratsky 4, Zane Besler 4, Jesse Canode 2, Trace Jacobson 2.3-pointers: RT 4 (Butterfield 3, Kuntz 1), HR 2 (Madler 2). Free throws: RT 10-18, HR 14-23. Total fouls: RT 23, HR 19. Fouled out: HR, Besler. Rebounds: RT 24 (Olson 7), HR 26 (Canode 6). Assists: RT 10 (two tied for 3), HR 15 (Olson 4). Steals: RT 9 (Kuntz 3), HR 12 (Olson 4). Blocks: RT 2 (two tied for 1), HR 1 (Canode 1). Turnovers: RT 24, HR 18.

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