Mr. Basketball finalist scored 29 points to carry Bishop Ryan Catholic to the 62-56 victory over New Rockford-Sheyenne in the quarterfinals of the Class B boys state tournament. Rockets finish fifth.
MINOT — New Rockford-Sheyenne didn’t have enough fourth quarter magic in its North Dakota High School Activities Association Class B boys state basketball tournament quarterfinal to pull out of its hat Thursday, March 14, to come away with a positive in the win column.
Bishop Ryan just had Mr. North Dakota Basketball finalist Benjamin Bohl.
In what was essentially a home game for the Lions (the campus steps away from the Minot State Dome), the New Rockford-Sheyenne couldn’t overcome Bohl’s 29 points in the Lions 62-56 win over the Rockets.
“Obviously I’m proud of these guys. They stuck together all the way through it,” said Rockets head coach Tyler Cook. “There was a lot of times during that game that they could have folded but they kept fighting, got themselves back in the game and gave as much as they could.”
The Rockets (22-4) trailed by 11 late in the third quarter but a Hunter Thompson 3-pointer as the period ended began an 11-3 New Rockford-Sheyenne run, that saw the Rockets pull within two after a Teddy Allmaras 3 just over a minute into the period and culminated with a Bo Belquist jumper with 5:50 remaining in the game that saw the deficit at three at 47-44.
The Lions (23-3) went on a 7-0 spurt, capped off by a Bohl 3, that put Bishop Ryan up 10 with 3:41 left in the game. The Rockets got to within three again after a Tucker Longnecker layup with 1:18 left but Bohl countered with another 3-pointer driving the nail in the coffin.
The Rockets led all of 11 seconds during the game at 17-16 after a Longnecker basket in the second quarter.
Bohl, who came into the tournament averaging 24.4 points per game, also had 14 rebounds and two steals for the Lions.
“We battled back,” Cook began, “every time they go on a little run, we get ourselves back in the game with some big shots and we got some big stops but it seemed like every time we got close, Ben Bohl comes up with another big shot that push us back again.”
None bigger than his 3 with 46 seconds left that made the score 58-52 Bishop Ryan.
“Our guy was right there with a hand in his face. We told them in the locker room that when a guy makes a shot like that when you’re contesting it you slap him on the butt and say ‘good shot’ and go back down on the other end,” Cook said.
Allmaras led the Rockets with 16 points before fouling out with just over two minutes remaining in the game. Thompson scored 14 points and had seven rebounds and Longnecker had 12 points and three blocks. The Lions out rebounded New Rockford-Sheyenne 48-30 with 17 coming on the offensive glass. The Rockets scored 15 points off of 10 Lions turnovers.
Mason Hedberg scored 21 points and had 13 rebounds and Jaxon Feller scored 10 points for the Lions.
The Rockets rebounded to beat Ellendale 59-55 on Friday and Beulah 56-53 on Saturday to finish the 2018-19 season fifth. Allmaras was the lone New Rockford-Sheyenne player to be named on the All-Tournament team.
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New Rockford-Sheyenne vs Bishop Ryan
NR-S 11 14 11 20 — 56
Bishop Ryan 16 15 13 18 — 62
NEW ROCKFORD-SHEYENNE (22-4)
Allmaras 16, Thompson 14, Longnecker 12, Belquist 9, Holzwarth 5, Ystaas 0, Granger 0. Totals 21 9-17 56.
BISHOP RYAN (23-3)
Bohl 29, Hedberg 21, Feller 10, Udekwe 2, Sanders 0, Lormejuste 0. Totals 23 9-14 62.