Schreiner’s late drive lifts Royals past T-Birds 66-63

Ray Maloney, Sports
Tyson Hansen (23) goes high for two of his eight points in Lake Region State College’s 66-63 win over United Tribes on Sunday at the Devils Lake Sports Center.

With time running out on Lake Region State College Luke Schreiner came up with perhaps the biggest play of his college career.

Schreiner, a five-foot, eight-inch freshman drove the lane against taller players and rolled the ball in to give Lake Region the lead for good with 12.7 seconds remaining. Fouled on the play, Schreiner cooly sank the free throw as the Royals defeated United Tribes 66-63 on Sunday at the Devils Lake Sports Center.

It completed a sweep for Lake Region as the Lady Royals got 13 points from Jenna Gillett and 12 each from Leonie De Jonge and Mariah Smith as LRSC downed United Tribes 77-44 earlier in the day.

“When we make the extra pass and get screens ... we get good shots,” LRSC men’s coach Curt Herman said.

The Royals led the game 32-26 at halftime, but the Thunderbirds managed to regain the lead at 35-33 on a 3-pointer from the top of the key by Todd Raining Bird 17:08 remaining in the game. The T-Birds extended that advantage to six points twice down the stretch as the Royal offense went cold.

“We quit working off the ball and we stopped looking inside,”added Herman, whose team improved to 11-10 on the season and 3-4 in Mon-Dak Conference play.

The Royals defeated Jamestown College’s junior varsity team 66-63 in a game Friday in Jamestown.

JR Coronado paced the Royals in Sunday’s win. He had 16 points against the Thunderbirds, while Isiah Clark added 15 points in the winning effort.

Raining Bird tied Coronado for scoring honors as he also tallied 16 points in the game.

Lake Region is scheduled to travel to Belcourt on Wednesday for a game against Turtle Mountain Community College.

United Tribes (63): Todd Raining Bird 16, Nick Houston 12, James Bagwell 11, Devero Yellow Earring 7, Ronald Rosseau 6, Tyler Two Hearts 6, Breon Quintero 3, Jule Anderson 2.

Lake Region (66): JR Coronado 16, Isiah Clark 15, Luke Schreiner 9, Tyson Hansen 8, Gus Kueber 6, Mark Cooper, Jr. 6, Josh Colon 6.

Lady Royals 77,

United Tribes 44

This one had all the drama of, well, it had no drama.

Lake Region spotted United Tribes an early 2-0 lead that last all of 116 seconds and the Lady Royals rolled to a 77-44 win over United Tribes to improve to 5-1 in conference play and 15-5 on the season with their lopsided win. The Lady Royals remain undefeated in state play at 2-0.

Bobbi Grann’s offensive rebound and basket at 18:04 tied the game for the only time and Shelby Krueger got a friendly bounce — or two — just over one minute later on a shot from the left wing that gave LRSC the lead for good at 4-2.

From there Lake Region rolled and rolled and rolled.

The Lady Royals led 33-20 at the intermission and outscored the visitors 44-24 in the second half to secure the win.

“We got the ball inside and we got some shots to go from the outside,” Lake Region coach Duane Schwab said, “and we got some fastbreaks ... we’ll take the win.”

Lake Region returns to the Devils Lake Sports Center on Wednesday when the Lady Royals take on Northland Community College in a non-conference affair. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.

Lake Region will then travel to Bismarck Jan. 30-31 to take on United Tribes and Bismarck State College in conference action.

The Royals and Lady Royals next conference date at home is Feb. 9 when they take on BSC.

United Tribes (44): Alyssa Starr 20, Hannah Hellekson 10, Olivia Spotted Bear 7, Shanaye Packineau 5, Jayli Fimbres 2.

Lake Region (77): Jenna Gillett 13, Leonie De Jonge 12, Mariah Smith 12, Katie Ralston 9, Lianne Miller 8, Halye Luond 8, Tayla Belgard 6,Bobbie Grann 4, Lexi Erickson 3, Shelby Krueger 2.