No. 4 Four Winds/Minnewauakan uses 12-5 fourth quarter run to close out St. John. Moves to Class B Region 4 Tournament title game.
Not all games going to be laughers.
One night after winning by 41, No. 4 Four Winds/Minnewauakan saw itself just clinging to a three point lead with five minutes remaining in its Class B boys Region 4 semifinal tournament game against St. John Tuesday night. But yet the Indians won again by double digits, 66-56, over the Woodchucks from the Sports Center.
The Indians ended the game on a 12-5 run.
“They’re all going to be battles from here on, that’s just post season basketball. We got the W and that’s what matters the most,” said Indians head coach Rick Smith.
The Indians (20-3) took a 52-47 lead after a Jayden Yankton 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter but exchanged baskets with the Woodchucks on the next two possessions and after St. John’s Tyreece Gunville made two free throws that made the score 54-51 with 5:43 remaining, the Indians scored six straight points, capped off by back-to-back Bronson Walter baskets to go up nine. With 2:32 left on the clock, Doug Yankton completed a 3-point play that put the Indians ahead by 10.
Yankton went 9-for-9 from the free-throw line and finished with a game high 29 points. Walter scored eight of his 14 points in the second half.
“I told them that we just need to execute,” Smith said he told his team when the margin was just three in the final period. “They went into that zone and our kids didn’t force anything. They found some nice looks into Doug in the middle, found some nice looks into Bronson on the weak side and got some easy baskets out of that.
“We expected St. John to do this. We expected St. John to come out and play their tails off. They had nothing to lose.”
Jayden Yankton scored 10 points and JaeShaun Shaw finished with seven points as the Indians advanced to Thursday nights region title game against district nemesis New Rockford-Sheyenne for the third time this season. The Indians won both prior meetings.
“There’s no secrets. They know who we are, we know who they are. It’s going to be a really tightly contested basketball game. It’s going to be a hard fought game and both teams are going to leave it all on the floor,” Smith said.
Zack Anderson scored 12 of his team high 14 points in the third quarter, including a stretch when he scored seven straight that brought the Woodchucks back from a 10 point deficit to get within one. Bradley Defender scored 13 points for St. John which fell to 14-10.
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St. John vs Four Winds/Minn. box score
St. John 13 13 21 9 — 56
Four Winds/Minn. 16 17 16 17 — 66
ST. JOHN (14-10)
Anderson 14, Defender 13, Poitra 10, Gunville 8, Jollie 6, Dunn 5, Herman 0, Prouty 0. Totals 20 7-11 56.
FOUR WINDS/MINNEWAUKAN (20-3)
D. Yankton 29, Walter 14, J. Yankton 10, Shaw 7, J. Redfox 2, Keld. Keja 2, Jackson 2, R. Yankton 0. Totals 27 10-13 66.