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Class B's Isaiah Kludt, center, attempts a basket after being fouled by Class A's Ian Schafer, right, in the second half of the Lions All-Star game in Bismarck on Monday night.

 Class B took awhile to get rolling offensively, but the defense was there all night.

 Holding Class A to 29 percent shooting with 27 turnovers, Class B claimed an 83-64 victory Monday night in the Lions All-Star basketball series at Legacy High School.

 Elliot Rotvold of Hillsboro-Central Valley, head coach of the Class B team, said Jacob Rodin set the pace defensively as the small school team won for just the second time in 10 games.

 "Jacob Rodin's defense set a great tone for us. He guarded a 2, 3 and 4. He's just as athletic as can be," Rotvold said.

 Both teams struggled on offense through the first half, Class B earning a 32-30 lead on the strength of 42 percent efficiency. Class A managed just 23 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

 A 3-pointer by Derek Ferebee put Class B up 35-30 to start the second half and Class A was never able to pull even.

  Class A was still a threat with 6:18 to play after a free throw by Kemal Hajric cut the deficit to 64-57. But an 8-3 spurt put Class B ahead 72-60 with 3:48 remaining and gradually pulled away.

 The final 83-64 advantage was Class B's biggest margin of the night.

 Kyler McGillis took scoring honors. He tallied 16 points for Class B before fouling out with 8:34 to play. He was the first of five players to be disqualified via fouls, four of them from Class B. 

Joe Pistorius paced Class A with a dozen points.

The game was littered with 52 personal fouls and a technical. Class B was whistled with 31 of the violations. 

 Evidently it was a spinoff of what Rotvold preached to his players as they prepared for the series over the weekend.

 "We've been talking to them about playing up to Class A's physicality," Rotvold said. " I coached in the games last year and we got out-physicaled. Tonight we did a good job the first half of matching them physically.

 "The second half we started to flow on offense. We've got some great offensive players."

  With the victory, Class B cut the deficit in the all-time series to 55-24.

 The two teams return to the court tonight at the Fargo Civic Center.


Sports Reporter