Junior Jaymison Jackson's 27 points helps Four Winds-Minnewaukan take care of Larimore to win Ramsey County Tournament championship.
Four Winds/Minnewaukan head boys basketball coach Rick Smith admitted during his post-game interview Saturday that his team’s win the previous night over Dakota Prairie wore his starters legs out which contributed to the deficit the Indians were facing in the second quarter. So he went to the bench — where Jaymison Jackson awaited.
“Our quickness didn’t kick in until the middle of the second quarter when Jaymison Jackson gave us a huge lift,” Smith said.
It was indeed a lift, to the tune of 15 second quarter points that shifted momentum and turned yet another Indians victory into a rout as No. 2 Four Winds/Minnewaukan crushed Larimore 94-48 to capture the Ramsey County Tournament championship from the Sports Center.
Jackson scored a game-high 27 points, including a stretch during the second period when he went on a 9-0 run by himself that turned a 22-21 Larimore advantage into a 14 point Indians lead that only blew up from there. Jackson made 10 shots in the game, seven coming from beyond the arc.
“Jaymison is the spark off our bench. He plays the same way whether we’re up 20 or up two, whether there’s eight minutes to go in the game or two minutes to go in the game and for a bench player to always be ready like that, it’s hard,” Smith said of the junior. “But when you call on him, he’s up and ready to go.”
The Indians (8-0), who needed a fourth quarter surge to escape the Knights in the semifinals Friday, outscored the Polar Bears Saturday 37-14 in the third quarter and turned what was a 12 point halftime lead into a 35 point margin. Jackson, who made four threes in the period, got help from Jayden Yankton who scored 10 during the third eight minutes. Yankton finished with 15.
Doug Yankton also finished with 15 points for Four Winds/Minnewaukan.
“[This tournament] shows us what three games is all about for our young guys. It shows us what we need to continue to do in three games because postseason it’s going to get tough,” began Smith. “You’re not going to have 20 point blowouts because you’ll be playing a team for the second and third time and they’re going to know you so scoring gets to be a little tough.
“We just got to learn that we got to be prepared.”
Logan Wakefield scored 14 points for Region 2 Larimore (6-1) which took its first lead of the game 32 seconds into the second quarter at 17-16 after a basket by Rex Ritterman. The Polar Bears came back from an early eight point deficit to be in a position to have the lead in the second period before the Indians went on their tear.
Dakota Prairie junior Tyler Loe was named the tournament Most Valuable Player as the Knights’ knocked off Benson County 85-76 for third place.
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Larimore vs FW/M box score
Larimore 15 13 14 6 — 48
Four Winds/Minn. 16 24 37 17 — 94
Wakefield 14, Tupa 11, Ritterman 6, Salander 6, Schempp 6, Moore 3, Cole 2, Klava 0, Sletten 0. Totals 19 4-6 48.
FOUR WINDS/MINNEWAUKAN (94)
Jackson 27, D. Yankton 15, J. Yankton 15, F. Redfox 12, Walter 8, Shaw 6, Garcia 5, Kels. Keja 2, Littlewind 2, Lohnes 2, Keld. Keja 0, LaRock 0, J. Redfox 0. Totals 38 4-6 94.