Lovejoy’s 30 sparks Indians past Warriors 72-60

Ray Maloney, Sports

FORT TOTTEN, N.D. — Chuck Lovejoy scored 10 of his team-high 30 points in a pivotal fourth quarter as Four Winds-Minnewaukan notched a 72-60 win over rival Warwick on Tuesday in Fort Totten.

Lovejoy and the Indians led 50-47 heading into the final eight minutes of play after leading just 32-31 at halftime. But in the fourth quarter he connected on three field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers and added two free throws to help thwart any comeback hopes of the visiting Warriors.

Lovejoy was one of four players in double figures for the Indians. Geoff Leftbear and Chris Cook finished the game with 15 and 11 points, respectively, while Christian Ironroad chipped in with 10 points.

Lovejoy and Leftbear each scored five points in the second quarter as the Indians used a 16-12 spurt to grab the lead at the intermission.

Warwick was paced by Melvin Langstaff, who finished with a game-high 33 points, including nine points in the final period as the Warriors fought to overtake the Indians.

Langstaff got the Warriors off to a strong start as he scored 10 points in the opening period as Warwick grabbed a 19-16 lead after the first quarter of play. But FW-M outscored thw Warriors in each of the next three periods of play.

Langstaff was the lone Warwick player to finish in double figures.

Four Winds-Minnewaukan will tangle with Benson County on Friday in Minnewaukan and will take part in the annual Class B Day on Saturday at the Devils Lake Sports Center.

Warwick, meanwhile, will entertain Midkota on Thursday before also participating in Saturday’s Class B Day.

Warwick                  19   12   16    13   —   60

Four Winds-Minn.   16   16   18   22   —   72

Warwick (60): Melvin Langstaff 33, Colton Littleghost 6, Alvin Owlboy 6, Wayne Littleghost 6, Collin Delorme 4, Brandon?Jackson 3, Alden Black 2.

Four Winds-Minnewaukan (72): Chuck Lovejoy 30, Geoff Leftbear 15, Chris Cook 11, Christian?Ironroad 10, Joey Green 6.