For nine-plus minutes Friday night the Bottineau offense was sizzling against Shiloh Christian.
Then just like that, it fizzled.
No. 9-ranked Shiloh allowed 24 points in the first 9:25, but held the previously-unbeaten Braves to 11 over the next 14:35, keying a 68-48 victory in the championship game of the Mandan Holiday Tournament, played at the Mandan High School gymnasium. While the defense put the clamps on Bottineau, the Shiloh offense found its rhythm. After trailing 24-15 early in the second quarter, the Skyhawks led 33-27 at halftime and 51-35 heading into the final eight minutes.
"We got off to a bit of a slow start, but our defense was exceptional tonight. The offense clicked, but defense was what stood out most," said Shiloh coach Brad Miller, whose team improved to 4-1. "One of our goals is to be solid on defense. I think we took a big step against a good Bottineau team."
The Skyhawks limited the Braves to 33 percent shooting from the floor. Ten of their 21 field goals came in the first 9:25. Miller said the Skyhawks played man-to-man defense the entire way.
"No zones ... we manned up on them the whole game. The kids did a nice job communicating and switching," Miller said. "Bottineau shot the ball very well the first two games of this tournament and they came out shooting tonight, but our kids settled down and made it very difficult for them to get an open shot."
Offensively, the Skyhawks had five players scoring at least nine points -- Canaan Fagerland 13, Jonas Mitzel 12, Bartholomew Ogbu 11, Macauley Young 9 and Jaden Mitzel 9.
"We had some nice balance in this tournament. We nearly had five kids score in double figures tonight and that's what we like to see," Miller said.
The Skyhawks closed out the second quarter on an 18-3 run, with six different players scoring. A 7-0 spurt pulled Shiloh within two, 24-22, with 3:30 remaining, and after a basket by Bottineau's Ethan Hahn, Ogbu netted a 3-pointer and Jaden Mitzel scored inside to put the Skyhawks up 27-26 with 2:17 left.
Fagerland and Bottineau's Jeremy Johnson traded free throws over the next minute, but Shiloh led 33-27 at halftime, courtesy of two Matthew Reep charity tosses and a Jonas Mitzel three-point play.
The Skyhawks then took command in the third quarter. It was 38-31 Shiloh before Young started a 13-2 run with back-to-back baskets.
"We built up some momentum late in the second quarter and at halftime I challenged the kids to keep it going," Miller said. "They did a nice job at both ends of the court."
Shiloh held four 20-point leads in the fourth quarter.
The Skyhawks also had a 40-29 advantage on the boards. Ogbu led the way with 11 rebounds.
Agnes and Bailey Burcham netted 11 points apiece for the Braves (5-1), who suffered their first setback of the season.
At 5 feet, 4 inches, Isaiah Kludt was the smallest starter on the floor in Friday's third-place game between Hettinger-Scranton and Flasher. However, his giant of a performance on both ends of the court powered Hettinger-Scranton to a 57-29 victory.
Kludt, a senior, poured in a game-high 24 points – 10 off of five steals. He netted 17 points in the first half, helping the Night Hawks to a 35-18 lead.
Jarad Mattis added 17 points – 12 in the first half – for Hettinger-Scranton.
Jaron Reis led the Bulldogs with eight points.
Trapper Jacobs scored 25 points, leading the Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky Trojans to a 65-60 victory over the Wilton-Wing Miners in the fifth-place game.
Jacobs netted 19 of his game-high total in the second half, where the Trojans outscored the Miners 29-24. The junior made seven floor shots, including two 3-pointers, and nine of 13 free-throw attempts.
TLMM’s Seth Laframboise scored 12 points in the first half and finished with 15.
Nick Backman and Reed Backman each had 18 points for the Miners. Tate Dickson and Slade Schatz added 11 apiece.
New Salem-Almont collected seventh-place honors with a 52-20 victory over Grant County.
Brandon Schroeder and Tayden Soupir each tallied 18 points for the Holsteins, who led 27-14 at halftime.
Ryan Muggli led the Coyotes with seven points.