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Boys go 2-1 to qualify for state

By Brian L. Gray

Austin Tweet, Grant Dvorak - Boys Basketball

Mandan’s Austin Tweet gets by defender Grant Dvorak in a loss to St. Mary’s, 71-48, in the semifinal round of the west region tournament in Bismarck. The Braves went on to defeat the Dickinson Midgets, 63-47, in Saturday’s state-qualifying game. Rick Scharf photo

Facing elimination in a state qualifying game, the fifth-ranked Mandan Braves boys basketball team were able to pull ahead to defeat the sixth seed Dickinson Midgets in order to keep their season going.

Mandan beat Dickinson 63 to 47 in the third round, state qualifying game during the west region tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center.

The first game for the Braves would prove to be the closest, and most dramatic, game of the tournament. Mandan faced Bismarck in the quarterfinal round, in what remained a knotted score for the majority of the game, with six ties and 14 lead changes.

The game came down to a buzzer-beater at the very last moment, with the game tied at 54 with 8 seconds to go and Mandan with possession. The ball went into guard Erron Collins’ hands, who attempted to drive his way into to the hoop but was quickly swamped by several Bismarck defensemen. This opened up Daniel Peterson in the key, who Collins found making his way to the hoop and passed the ball to. Peterson’s shot went in just as the buzzer sounded, giving the Braves the last second two-point victory.

Collins led Mandan in scoring with 23 points, and brought down 10 rebounds and delivered 5 assists in the win.

The semifinal round pitted Mandan against the St. Mary’s Saints, who controlled the tempo early and wasn’t willing to let go, as St. Mary’s rolled past the Braves 71 to 48. The Saints then went on to win the west region championship.

Mandan was reduced to 30 percent shooting in the game, while the Saints were able to quiet Braves guard Collins to only 5 points.

The semifinal game remained close at the half, with Mandan down 28 to 36, but St. Mary’s was able to instigate a 16-4 run to pull away, a lead Mandan would never recover from.

Nathan Schmidt was the Braves’ highest scorer, leading the team in scoring with 16 points.

The Braves then responded to the loss by winning its state qualifying game over Dickinson. Collins led Mandan with 16 points while Hanson added another 11 in the win over Dickinson.

Ahead by five at halftime, the Braves stepped up its defense and were able to hold the lead to get the state qualifying win.

Collins was presented with two major awards at the close of the west region tournament. He was named to the all-tournament team, and was also presented with the senior athlete of the year award.

 

West region results

March 7-9

at Bismarck Civic Center

Mandan 56, Bismarck 54

March 7

Mandan (56): Daniel Peterson 3-5 0-0 7, Jacob Hanson 3-4 1-2 7, Keetan Wanner 2-7 2-2 6, Erron Collins 7-13 6-7 23, Nathan Schmidt 0-5 0-0 0, Dokken Olson 2-3 0-0 4, Dustin Hermanson 0-0 0-0 0, Ross Effertz 1-4 0-0 2. Totals: 21-46 9-12 56.

Bismarck (54): Tyler Unruh 3-8 0-0 7, Troy Hausauer 6-8 0-0 13, Tyler Clairmont 1-3 0-0 2, Taylor Schafer 7-13 1-2 15, Josh Seibel 2-5 0-0 5, Ben Jolliffe 2-6 0-0 4, Dylan Werner 4-4 0-0 8, Seth Heilman 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 25-50 1-2 54.

Halftime: Bismarck 31, Mandan 27.

3-pointers: M 5 (Collins 3, Peterson 1, Fenster 1), B 3 (Unruh 1, Seibel 1, Hausauer 1). Rebounds: M 31 (Collins 10), B 21 (Jolliffe 7). Fouls: M 10, B 10. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: Seibel. Assists: M 11 (Collins 5), B 11 (Jolliffe 4). Turnovers: M 13, B 8. Blocked shots: M none, B 2. Steals: M 3 (Collins 2), B 12 (Schafer 3, Clairmont 3).

 

St. Mary’s 71, Mandan 48

March 8

Mandan (48): Daniel Peterson 1-4 1-2 4, Jacob Hanson 0-5 0-0 0, Erron Collins 2-9 1-2 5, Nathan Schmidt 6-11 4-4 16, Keetan Wanner 2-3 1-2 7, Dokken Olson 0-0 0-0 0, Justin Fenster 3-9 1-1 8, Ross Effertz 3-9 0-1 8, Adam Lech 0-2 0-0 0, Dustin Hermanson 0-1 0-0 0, Austin Tweet 0-1 0-1 0, Dylan Schulz 0-2 0-0 0, Dylan Horner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 17-56 8-13 48.

St. Mary’s(71): Scott Nagel 4-9 1-2 10, Ben Weisbeck 5-15 8-9 19, Darius Sparks 3-6 2-2 9, Brian Obritsch 2-3 1-1 5, Trent Bohan 3-7 0-2 8, Grant Dvorak 2-2 0-0 5, Ross Kopp 6-8 2-2 15, Dan Neff 0-0 0-0 0, Andrew Wolf 0-0 0-0 0, Jake Becker 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Puetz 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-51 14-18 71.

Halftime: St. Mary’s 36, Mandan 28.

3-pointers: M 6-20 (Effertz 2, Wanner 2, Peterson 1, Fenster 1), SM 7-14 (Bohan 2, Weisbeck 1, Nagel 1, Kopp 1, Dvorak 1). Rebounds: M 32 (Collins 5), SM 38 (Weisbeck 9, Nagel 8). Fouls: M 16, SM 16. Fouled out: None. Assists: M 12 (Schmidt 3), SM 13 (Kopp 4). Turnovers: M 16, SM15. Blocked shots: M 1 (Hanson), SM 5 (Nagel 2). Steals: M 6 (Collins 2, Lech 2), SM 10 (Nagel 4).

 

Mandan 63, Dickinson 47

March 9

Dickinson (47): Matthew Becker 0-2 0-0 0, Dylan Skabo 5-8 2-3 15, Mark Erickson 3-6 0-0 9, Parker Egli 2-4 0-2 4, Levi Jordheim 1-2 0-0 2, Alex Huschka 0-4 0-0 0, Jaden Kudrna 1-7 0-2 2, Jordan Krieg 3-7 6-6 13, Luke Herauf 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 15-40 10-15 47.

Mandan (63): Nathan Schmidt 3-6 1-2 7, Erron Collins 3-9 8-12 16, Ross Effertz 0-1 2-2 2, Austin Tweet 0-0 0-0 0, Keetan Wanner 0-0 2-4 2, Adam Lech 2-4 2-2 8, Dokken Olson 3-7 0-1 6, Daniel Peterson 2-3 2-4 7, Justin Fenster 2-5 0-0 4, Dustin Hermanson 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Schulz 0-0 0-0 0, Dylan Horner 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Hanson 5-8 1-4 11. Totals 20-43 18-31 63.

Halftime: M 32, D 27.

3-pointers: D 7 (Skabo 3, Erickson 3, Krieg 1), M 5 (Collins 2, Lech 2, Peterson 1). Rebounds: D 23 (Krieg 7), M 24 (Collins 7). Fouls: D 22, M 15. Fouled out: Krieg. Assists: D 9 (Skabo 3, Kudrna 3), M 13 (Collins 6). Turnovers: D 16, M 12. Blocked shots: D 1 (Krieg 1), M none. Steals: D 5 (Skabo 2, Jordheim 2), M 7 (Collins 4).

Records: D 11-11; M 10-12.

 

Awards

Senior athlete of year: Erron Collins, Mandan.

Coach of year: Joe Mueller, St. Mary’s.

Athletic director of year: Lorell Jungling, Mandan.

All-tournament team

St. Mary’s: Darius Sparks, Scott Nagel, Ben Weisbeck. Century: Tyler Rudolph, Robert Hutchins. Bismarck: Troy Hausauer, Taylor Schafer. Mandan: Erron Collins. Minot: Caleb Albertson. Dickinson: Jordan Krieg.