Bronson Walter scores 24 points leads Four Winds/Minnewaukan over New Rockford-Sheyenne 67-56.
FORT TOTTEN — This past Friday, No. 4 Four Winds/Minnewaukan lost to now No. 3 Hillsboro/Central Valley on a 3-pointer at the horn. There wasn’t anytime for the Indians to feel pitiful about themselves because on Monday night No. 9 New Rockford-Sheyenne came blasting into town.
“Anytime you take a tough loss, it really deflates you. And we basically had one day of practice to get ready for these guys who are another physical basketball team so that’s always the key to try to get them pumped up again and get them refocused for the next game,” said Indians head coach Rick Smith.
The Indians transferred their focus to feeding the big fella inside, Bronson Walter. The 6-foot-9 sophomore scored 24 points and helped carried Four Winds/Minnewaukan to the 67-56 win over the Rockets in the second consecutive Class B Top 10 matchup for the Indians.
“The thing about Bronson is that we they’re going to guard him one-on-one, that’s a challenge for anybody and the kids have been doing a really, really, good job of finding him,” Smith said.
Four Winds/Minnewaukan (9-1) led by only eight at the end of the first quarter but went on a 15-3 run over a four minute span that pushed the lead to 15. The Indians 40-21 at the half.
“Coming out from the beginning, I thought we had a really, really good first half,” Smith said.
“We knew they were going to make a run in the second half, they’re just too good of a team not to.”
And the Rockets (7-2) indeed made a run. Trailing by 20 late in the third quarter, New Rockford-Sheyenne chipped away the deficit cutting the margin to eight after two free throws by Luke Ystaas with 1:14 remaining. However, the Indians were able to keep their distance.
“We got ourselves back in the game,” said Rockets head coach Tyler Cook. “We finally brought some energy on the defensive end, got some turnovers, got some quick shots and easy looks on offense that got us back into the game.
“We knew they were a good team coming in and that we would need to play a heck of a game but they just outplayed us.”
Jayden Yankton finished with 13 points and Doug Yankton had 11 for the Indians as both teams had to go through multiple lineup changes due to foul trouble. The two teams shot a combined 55 free throws.
“We beat a good team, we have to remember that,” said Smith. “But even though we were in foul trouble we have to adjust to the officials if that’s the way their going to call the game.
“So even though the flow wasn’t good, I’m really happy with the win against a really, really, good team."
Hunter Thompson finished with 17 points for the Rockets, after scoring 10 in the first half. Both Bo Belquist and Tucker Longnecker each added 10.
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NR-S at Four Winds/Minn. box score
New Rockford-Sheyenne 11 10 13 22 — 56
Four Winds/Minnewaukan 19 21 9 18 — 67
NEW ROCKFORD-SHEYENNE (7-2)
Thompson 17, Belquist 10, Longnecker 10, Allmaras 5, Granger 5, Holzwarth 4, Ulrich 3, Ystaas 2. Totals 17 16-30 56.
FOUR WINDS/MINNEWAUKAN (9-1)
Walter 24, J. Yankton 13, D. Yankton 11, Jackson 8, Shaw 5, J. Redfox 4, R. Yankton 2, F. Redfox 0, Robertson 0, Keja 0, Garcia 0. Totals 22 16-25 67.