The Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians are headed back to the ‘Big Show.’
Collin Delorme and Trayvon McKay both scored 18 points on Thursday night and helped Four Winds-Minnewaukan pull over perhaps the biggest upset since David knocked out Goliath by grabbing a stunning 66-56 victory in the Region IX Basketball Tournament finals in front of a large crowd in the Devils Lake Sports Center.
Ranked No. 2 in Class B during the regular season, North Star sported one of the state’s top players in guard Jake Hagler and had entered the tournament as a heavy favorite to win the Region IV title.
Four Winds-Minnewaukan had different plans.
North Star actually set the tempo for the contest early in the contest. Keyed by a hot start by Hagler, the Bearcats pushed in several quick baskets and raced to a 14-10 advantage.
The Indians, who improved to 20-2 with the victory, proved they could score, too, in the second. Delorme, McKay and senior Austin Longie helped Four Winds-Minnewaukan put together a 16-11 run in the final eight minutes of the first half. The Indians carried a slim 26-25 lead into the half.
One of four seniors on the Four Winds-Minnewaukan roster, Longie pumped in nine points in the contest.
North Star managed to get its offense on track in the third. One of the highest scoring teams in the state, the Bearcats scored 17 points in the frame.
That outburst didn’t help the Bearcats much, though. Four Winds-Minnewaukan also tallied 17 in the third and went into the final frame holding a one-point lead, at 43-42.
The Indians, who also picked up a double-digit effort from junior point guard Hadley Smith, broke the game open in the fourth. Four Winds-Minnewaukan managed to shred North Star’s press defense for much of the stanza and reeled off a game-clinching 23-14 run.
Smith finished the game with 11 points.
Hagler didn’t disappoint anyone with his performance in the contest. The North Star senior almost single-handedly kept the Bearcats in the game by pumping in a game-high 30 points.
Christian Kvilvang also played well for North Star. He finished with nine points.
With the victory, the Indians earned a return to the Class B State Basketball Tournament for the first time since the 2007 season. The Indians will play Region 6 champion Rugby in the first round of the state tournament, which begins Thursday at the Minot State University Dome.
Rugby, 25-1, earned its way into the state tournament with a 54-39 win over Westhope-Newberg in the Region 6 tournament on Thursday evening.
The Carrington Cardinals defeated St. John, 65-63, in the Region IV third-place game Thursday afternoon.
Page 2 of 2 - Carrington was led in that win by 21 points from Scott Burnham. Austin Johnson added 11 more.
Four Winds-Minnewaukan 66, North Star 56
Four Winds-M 10 16 17 23 — 66
North Star 14 11 17 14 — 56
Four Winds-Warwick — Collin Delorme 18, Hadley Smith 11, Trayvon McKay 18, Brody Cavanaugh 2, Austin Longie 9, Ryan Hill 4
North Star —Daniel Grande 8, Jake Hagler 30, Johnny Heisler 5, Christian Kvilvang 9, Brooks Larson 4
Carrington 65, St. John 63
Carrington 18 15 13 19 — 65
St. John 13 13 14 23 — 63
Carrington —Seth Abaurrea 8, Scott Burnham 21, Austin Johnson 11, Cole Hendrickson 8, Tysen Rosenau 2, Taylor Skytland 6, Alexander Nelson 9
St. John — Seth Brien 11, Sean Jay 21, Kiefer Langan 13, Dalton Poitra 10, Donavain Swain 8