Somebody at Bismarck Legacy has to step into the role usually filled by Rhett Clements. On Tuesday, that was Keagen Woodbury.
The junior guard scored all 17 of his points in the second half to lead the Sabers to a 63-59 West Region boys’ basketball win in overtime over the Saints at the Bismarck Event Center.
Playing their fourth straight game without Clements, who was averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds, and having to do without three other injured starters, the Sabers clawed their way to win despite 28 turnovers.
“He’s got quite a weight on his shoulders right now,” Legacy coach Jason Horner said of Woodbury. “He’s carrying the burden of everybody while we’re getting acclimated and waiting to get guys back. He really stepped up in the second half after a poor first half.”
Woodbury spent 14 minutes on the bench in the first half in foul trouble but never left the floor in the second half.
“It was a slump. I didn’t play much,” Woodbury said. “I just had to step up. Everyone has to step up. There are nonstarters who are now starters and they played their role.”
Sophomore Zander Albers had 11 points and juniors Ben Patton and Max Barrett had 10 points apiece, most in the first half.
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The game was a toss-up from the opening tip with Legacy nursing a small lead until Jaxon Wiseman tied it 6-6 on a fast break layup with 15:09 left in the half. But the Sabers moved back in front and stayed there despite a whole lot of turnovers -- 17 in the first half.
Legacy took its largest lead at 20-12 on Barrett’s jumper with 8:08 left. The Sabers followed that with five turnovers and two missed shots on their next seven possessions. The Saints, meanwhile, closed the gap fast.
Nick Schumacher, who had 10 points for the Saints, scored on a putback with 5:15 to play to give the Saints a 22-20 lead and Connor Puetz scored on a tip-in 50 seconds later. Eight of the 12 points in the run came off turnovers.
Patton had a basket and Jace Nordsven a free throw with nine seconds left to send the teams into the break with the Saints up 24-23.
The teams exchanged the lead several times in the second half. St. Mary’s senior Drew Dosch put the Saints on his back after halftime, scoring 16 of his game-high 20 points after the break.
Legacy led 52-47 with 1:06 left in regulation, but two turnovers led to four points in the final minute, including Wiseman’s breakaway layup that tied it at 52 with 25 seconds left.
The Saints played for the last shot but missed the shot as time ran out.
The Sabers took the lead for good on the first possession of overtime and sealed it on Woodbury’s 3-pointer and two free throws in the closing seconds.
Wiseman finished with 10 points for the Saints.