New Salem-Almont tops Glen Ullin-Hebron for Mandan Holiday Tournament title

New Salem-Almont tops Glen Ullin-Hebron for Mandan Holiday Tournament title

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On the gridiron under Friday night lights, the kids from New Salem-Almont and Glen Ullin are teammates, but on the Saturday night hardwood, it’s a whole different story.

The basketball co-op of New Salem-Almont beat Glen Ullin-Hebron 51-41 Saturday at Mandan High School to claim its first Mandan Holiday Tournament championship. Ironically, it was a junior who didn’t play football who may have been the key.

Jayden Selzler scored all eight of his points on the opening possessions of the second half during a 17-0 run that gave the Holsteins the cushion they needed to hold on comfortably down the stretch.

“We started shooting the ball with confidence and when that first one goes in they start feeling good and that translates into defense,” New Salem-Almont coach Ben Kringstad said. “We always talk about how you have to start the third quarter on a run and not let the other team get comfortable. The kids did a good job of that.”

Especially Selzler.

“We’ve put some pressure on him to play the (point guard) role and get in the offense and start shooting the basketball,” Kringstad noted. “It’s a confidence thing that has started to grow in him.”

The third quarter started for the Holsteins much like the second. But instead of struggling as they had done before halftime, this time the Holsteins kept up the pressure. Selzler had two 3-pointers and a second-chance jumper for NSA’s first eight points of the half.

After scoring eight points on their first three possessions of the second quarter, the Holsteins went cold from everywhere. They were 1-for-7 from the field and 1-for-4 from the line in the last six minutes of the half. Weston Kuhn’s free throw and Tayden Soupir’s layup with 3:24 to play were the Holsteins’ only points during that drought.

In the meantime, the Bearcats played well enough to get back into the game after trailing 16-7 with 6:33 to play, that despite 10 turnovers and 22 percent shooting. Grant Gerving had six of his 14 points in the run, including a long jumper with 2:47 left in the half that gave GUH its first points of the quarter.

Gerving’s two free throws with 46 second left pulled the Bearcats within 19-17 at the half. New Salem-Almont helped by turning the ball over four times in the last three minutes.

Then it happened coming out of the break. NSA put two touchdowns, two PATs and a field goal (17 points) on the board before Glen Ullin-Hebron scored a point in the third quarter. Damian Gerving’s jumper finally broke the spell with 2:47 left in the quarter. By that time, the Holsteins led 36-17.

“We changed up our defense and it probably wasn’t a good idea on my part, but we were starting to lose our legs,” GUH coach Greg Pruitt said. “Three games in three nights … no excuses, we just changed up a little bit and they hit some big shots.”

NSA led by 16 entering the final quarter and the Bearcats cut the deficit to as little as eight points. The cushion that was as big as 16 points in the fourth quarter helped NSA withstand a late flurry.

Glen Ullin-Hebron (2-4) had entered the tournament winless before following the lead of Grant Gerving into the title game in their first appearance. Tyus Thomas chipped in 10 points for the Bearcats.

New Salem-Almont (5-0) stayed unbeaten thanks to a balanced scoring effort led by Dylan Rud’s 14 points. Rud had two of the Holsteins four 3-pointers. Kuhn and Soupir had nine points each to go with Selzler’s eight.

Third place

Linton-HMB 68, Bottineau 34

Lucas Schumacher punctuated a 21-point night with a breakaway slam to end the third quarter as sixth-ranked Linton-HMB rolled to a win over Bottineau to complete its first appearance in the tournament.

Schumacher led all scorers. He had two of the Lions’ 13 3-pointers – equal to their number of 2-point baskets. Paul McCrory had three 3-pointers and 13 points and Grant Bosch had three 3-pointers and nine points.

It took Linton-HMB less than two minutes to get out to a 9-0 lead and prompt the Braves to burn a timeout. Bottineau got within 12-9 before the Lions close the quarter on an 11-0 run to go up 23-9.

Jaden McCloud led the Braves with 15 points.

Fifth place

Flasher 66, Wilton-Wing 48

Flasher’s Jaron Reis and Wilton-Wing’s Tucker Schiele waged a spirited 3-point battle, but the game was all Flasher.

Reis, a senior guard, poured in six 3-pointers and finished with 26 points for the Bulldogs, who picked up both their wins this season at the tournament. Steven Schmid added 16 points and Jace Friesz 11.

The Bulldogs led 19-9 after one quarter and never were threatened again.

Schiele, a junior guard, countered with 16 points to pace the Miners. He had all four of his team’s 3-pointers. Landyn Miller chipped in 11 points and Sutton Berg 10.

Seventh place

Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 51, Grant County 33

A.J. Ketterling had 16 points and Devin Schadegg and Matthew Wahl added 10 apiece as the Trojans completed play with a win over the Coyotes in the seventh-place game.

TLMM held Grant County to just 11 first-half points to even its record at 2-2. Five different players had one 3-pointer for the Trojans.

Jon Bogert hit Grant County's only 3-pointer and scored seven points.  Jade Wruck and Avery Roth had six points apiece.

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