Shaw score 17 points to lead Four Winds-Minnewaukan in the 60-45 win over New Rockford-Sheyenne.
The Class B boys District 7 tournament came to a conclusion Monday night with No. 1 Four Winds-Minnewaukan winning its eighth straight district crown. But for Indians head coach Rick Smith, his eyes are on what’s occurring seven days from now.
“It’s nice to get another district title but our season isn’t over. We got to remember to keep our eyes on the bigger prize and it’s not going to be easy. Our region is one of the toughest regions in the state and all eight teams coming in got to put three good games together,” said Smith.
The Indians defeated New Rockford-Sheyenne 60-45 Monday from the Sports Center. The Indians, who defeated the Rockets last season for the district title, was later beaten in the region championship game — by those same Rockets — also as the 1-seed.
“It’s great to get a good win against a good team but that’s where we have to leave it right there. Now we have to get refocused on a week from today,” Smith said.
The Indians (20-1) got 17 points from JaeShaun Shaw and Bronson Walter had 15 points. Walter scored eight of the Indians’ 14 points in the first quarter and Shaw scored 10 of his points in the first half. The Indians led by seven at the end of the first eight minutes and outscored the Rockets 18-9 in the second to open up a 16 point halftime lead.
After Walter completed the 3-point play with four minutes, 53 seconds left in the third quarter, the Indians had increased their advantage to 20. The Rockets did go on a 10-2 afterwards to close to within 12 but couldn’t complete the comeback.
“We had to double down to help on Walter and they did a good job of kicking out and made some shots,” said Rockets head coach Tyler Cook. “We were going to live with them shooting from the outside and taking away Walter as much as we could and they just made shots.
“Our guys competed their butts off tonight. That’s all we can ask from them.”
Bo Belquist, who was named the district’s senior athlete of the year, finished with 17 points for the Rockets (15-7) who will began their quest as defending Region 4 champions against Dunseith on Monday, March 9th. The Rockets and the Dragons will be the night capper on Monday.
“That first round game is going to be tough. This region is going to be crazy. Anybody can beat anybody so we’re going to have to get ourselves ready to come to play,” Cook said.
“New Rockford, they’re not out of it yet. They’re the defending region champions and they’re in it until they get beat. This is just a district loss to them, it means nothing,” Smith said.
The Indians will open the region tournament, literally, against North Star at 3 p.m.
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2020 All District 7 tournament team
Hunter Thompson, New Rockford-Sheyenne
Doug Yankton, Four Winds-Minnewaukan
Blayne Anderson, Benson County
Tyler Loe, Dakota Prairie
Bo Belquist, New Rockford-Sheyenne