Royals avenge loss to Mystics

Ray Maloney, Sports
Lake Region’s Gus Kueber kicks the ball out to a teammate while Bismarck State’s Isiah Kampeska comes in to defend during Wednesday’s game at the Devils Lake Sports Center. Kueber and the Royals handed the Mystics a 95-83 loss.

With just over 11 minutes remaining in Wednesday’s Mon-Dak Conference game between Bismarck State College and Lake Region, a Mystic player took a long shot from the right corner. The ball wedged between the backboard and the rim and LRSC standout Josh Colon, a tall dude, was unsuccessful in his attempt to dislodge the ball.

It was about the only thing Colon failed at on the night.

Colon scored 18 points and played a key role as the Royals avenged a narrow loss to the Mystics last week in Bismarck with a 95-83 win over BSC on Wednesday at the Devils Lake Sports Center.

LRSC improved to 7-3 in the Mon-Dak with the win and are now 17-8 on the season. Meanwhile, BSC fell to 5-6 in the league and 15-10 on the year.

“He’s getting better and better,” Lake Region coach Curt Herman said of the former Devils Lake High School standout. “Right now, he’s playing very well.”

A last-second shot proved to be the difference for the Mystics last week in the Capital City as BSC?scored a 100-99 win over the Royals.

No such miracle was in the making for the Mystics on Wednesday.

A field goal from Gus Kueber with 13:17 to play in the first half gave the Royals a lead they would never relinquish.

Three straight 3-pointers by Lake Region gave the Royals a 43-31 lead with 4:32 to go in the first half. They extended that lead to 53-37 at the intermission.

The second half belonged to Lake Region in every aspect as the Mystics’ offense went stagnant. They went a stretch of nearly six minutes where nothing seemed to fall their way.

“When you live and die by the 3-pointer, that sometimes happens,” BSC coach Jason Harris said. “We dug ourselves a hole and a very good team came up with a big game.”

Lake Region led by as many as 26 points when Jordan Mertens scored with 12:11 to go to put the Royals in front 74-48.

Ismail Kareem led the Royals with 20 points and was one of three players to finish in double figures. Gus Kueber, who had a big game on the boards with 11 rebounds, ended the game with 19 points to go along with the 18-point output from Colon.

Ivan Gombovic led the Royals with 14 rebounds, including 10 on the defensive end.

BSC (83): Michael Ulmer 23, Corey Kerzmann 18, Sean Greene 14, Jordan Thilmony 8, Brock Copenhaver 8, Marcus Fridley 7, Kyle Weisbeck 5.

LRSC (95): Ismail Kareem 20, Gus Kueber 19, Josh Colon 18, Justin Soleim 8, Ivan Gombovic 8, Josh Ogden 6, Jordan Mertens 6, Tyson Ackerman 4, Tyson Hansen 4, Casey Larson 2.

BSC 79, Lady Royals 78

Lake Region had all the chances in the world to knock off one of the top teams in the Mon-Dak Conference.

In the end it was a 3-pointer from Shanlee Taken Alive that put a dagger in those hopes.

Taken Alive’s long 3-pointer from the left corner beat the buzzer and lifted the Mystics to a 79-78 triumph at the Sports Center.

It was just the third lead the Mystics held in the game, and the first since being in front 9-8 early  in the first half.

The Lady Royals led 76-67 with 3:36 to go in the game before BSC began its comeback. 

Six straight points by BSC standout Kelsey Sigl allowed the Mystics to close to within 76-73 with 2:17 remaining.

But, the Royals were unable to close the door on the visitors.

LRSC missed two field goals from close range, and the front end of a bonus situation three times in the final three minutes that would have put the game on ice.

“We just don’t have that killer instinct,” LRSC coach Duane Schwab said. “We’ve got to find someone who can step up ... or we’re going to continue to lose all the close games.”

Mandi Bindas led the Lady Royals with 19 points.

LRSC fell to 5-5 in league play and 15-6 on the year with the loss. BSC improved to 9-2 in the Mon-Dak and 21-4 on the year.

BSC (79): Kelsey Sigl 25, Alyssa Hummel 19, Melissa Strandemo 9, Adrienne Davis 8, Lacey Peterson 7, Shanlee Taken Alive 7, Shannon Schmidt 4.

LRSC?(78): Mandi Bindas 19, Bobbi Grann 13, Jodi Berdahl 11, Brittany Wirth 11, Katie Rolston 10, Vittoria Poole 7, Alicia Greening 4, Mayara Santos 3.