Haley erupts for 32 as Rockets slip past Warriors

Ray Maloney, Sports

NEW ROCKFORD, N.D. — Warwick managed to do something not many teams have done this season in slowing down New Rockford-Sheyenne’s Stephen Guler.

That was the good news for the Warriors. The bad news is Mason Haley more than made up for it.

Haley erupted for a game-high 32 points as New Rockford-Sheyenne started strong, got a huge boost from Haley just before halftime, and then held off Warwick for a 67-60 win on Thursday.

Haley scored 10 points in the first period as the Rockets used an 18-8 run to open the game. He was held to just one free throw in the second quarter until he connected on a halfcourt shot from just in front of the scorers’ table that found the net as the time expired in the second period to provide NR-S with a 31-23 lead after the Warriors had battled to within 28-23.

Haley finished the game with 11 field goals, including a trio of 3-pointers, and was seven of eight from the foul line to account for his scoring output.

Jacob Lommen and Guler finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Rockets, who improved to 11-2 on the season with the win.

Warwick was paced by Melvin Langstaff’s 27 points and 14 points from Kyle Ironhawk. The Warriors are now 8-4 on the season.

New Rockford-Sheyenne is scheduled to play at Midkota tonight, while Warwick returns to action Tuesday when the Warriors travel to Fort Totten to tangle with Four Winds-Minnewaukan.

Warwick           8    15   19   18   —   60

NR-Shey.          18   13   13   23   —   67

Warwick (60): Melvin Langstaff 27, Kyle Ironhawk 14, Brandon Jackson 7, Colton Littleghost 6, Alden Black 4, Collin Delorme 2.

New Rockford-Sheyenne (67): Mason Haley 32, Jacob Lommen 11, Stephen Guler 10, Cobey Allmaras 6, Josh Edmonson 3, Andrew Schaefer 3, Chance LaBrie 2.