Jayden Yankton scores 24 points as Four Winds-Minnewaukan heads to Region 4 title game.
Looks can sometimes be deceiving.
When Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich and Four Winds-Minnewaukan played earlier in the season, the Indians escaped with a four point victory. After five minutes of play in their Region 4 semifinal rematch Tuesday, March 10 in the Sports Center, it appeared that it will be another barn burner between the two.
Oh what deception appearances can be.
Jayden Yankton scored 17 of his game high 24 points in a second quarter that saw the Indians score 30 en route to the 74-43 win over the Cardinals.
“I thought our defense was really strong against a good offensive team,” said Indians head coach Rick Smith. “To limit them to the number of points they had made me really, really proud of our defense.
“Langdon hasn’t lost many games and they’ve been in this position before. They got the pedigree at the school. It wasn’t an easy win, I wasn’t satisfied until he (Langdon-E-M’s coach Andrew Haaven) started subbing.”
A Jackson Delvo 3-pointer to open the game and the Cardinals led. A Doug Yankton field goal with five minutes, 14 seconds left on the clock gave the Indians their first lead of the game and the two teams would exchange leads on three consecutive possessions. But the Indians went on a quick 7-0 burst and ended the quarter on a 9-2 run to open to a 15-9 advantage after one quarter.
Jayden Yankton scored the 11 of the Indians next 17 points and when Doug Yankton completed a 3-point play with 4:15 remaining until halftime, the Indians were ahead by 24 points. Jayden ended the half with a 3 at the buzzer and the Indians were up 45-19 after 16 minutes.
“Jayden gave us a big second quarter and when they tried to double on Bronson (Walter), we had good movement off the ball which got us some easy buckets,” Smith said. “I thought our pressure forced them into some unforced turnovers, got us out on the break a little bit and made them take quick shots.”
Haaven agreed. “They went on a run on us in the second quarter and we just couldn’t reel em in. Once this Four Winds team get on a roll, everything will fall. Everything they put up in the second quarter went in and there wasn’t a whole lot we couldn’t do about it.
“We didn’t shoot a good percentage and when you combine those two factors you don’t stand much of a chance in that case.”
Three other players scored in double figures for the Indians. Doug Yankton finished with 13 points, Walter had 12 points and Jonah Jackson came off the bench to finish with 10. The Indians, who enter the region title game as the No. 1 team in Class B with a 22-1 record, were in the same position a season ago but didn’t make it beyond ‘Championship Thursday’ losing to New Rockford-Sheyenne.
Smith is aware of this fact.
“We just need to forget about this one. We need to refocus, we need to finish the tournament and the only way that we’re going to do that is if we work our tails off on the defensive end and that’s what it’s gonna take.”
The Indians will play sixth-ranked St. John. The Woodchucks defeated Dunseith in the other semifinal game 68-47.
Delvo had 14 points, Ordale Morstad had nine points and Simon Romfo had seven points for the Cardinals (17-6).
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Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich vs. Four Winds-Minnewaukan box score
Langdon Area-E-M 9 10 12 12 — 43
Four Winds-Minnewaukan 15 30 16 13 — 74
LANGDON AREA-EDMORE-MUNICH (17-6)
Delvo 14, Morstad 9, S. Romfo 7, G. Romfo 5, Worley 4, Kitchin 3, Perry 1, Kingzett 0, Christianson 0, Tetrault 0, J. Romfo 0, Goodman 0. Totals 12 15-25 43.
FOUR WINDS-MINNEWAUKAN (22-1)
J. Yankton 24, D. Yankton 13, Walter 12, Jackson 10, R. Yankton 5, Lohnes 4, Keld. Keja 2, LaRock 2, Lenior 2, Pearson 0, Robertson 0, Cavanaugh 0, Kels. Keja 0, Shaw 0. Totals 31 9-12 74.