Macauley Young came up a little short of earning a Gatorade on Tuesday.
But more importantly, the 6-foot-9 Shiloh Christian junior played a big part in helping the Skyhawks keep their season alive.
Young piled up 22 points and 10 rebounds in Shiloh’s 65-46 win over Washburn in the first quarterfinal game of the Region 5 tournament at the Bismarck Event Center. The Skyhawks play Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Trojans defeated New Salem-Almont, 53-48.
“Brad (Miller) told me if I get 15 rebounds he’ll get me a Gatorade,” Young said. “Not sure if I got there, but we’re happy to get the win.”
Miller, Shiloh Christian's coach, will probably let it slide. Besides, Young also swatted three shots in the paint.
“Defensively we challenged our kids to step up tonight,” Miller said. “(46) … we’re happy with that.”
The Skyhawks, who improved to 17-5 with the win, used a 14-4 second quarter run to take control (29-15). Jonas Mitzel and Trey Brunelle sank 3-pointers in the spurt.
“You always want to get a win in the first round, otherwise you’re done,” Miller said. “Sometimes kids come out with jitters and play tight. I don’t think that was the case for us. We just wanted the kids to come out and play hard and I think they did.”
Jaden Mitzel turned in a strong all-around performance. The 6-2 senior totaled 20 points, eight rebounds and 5 assists, including a couple dimes to Young.
“My teammates do a great job getting me the ball at the right time,” Young said. “It was a great team effort for us. That’s what we need.”
Jonas Mitzel filled his stat line with 15 points, 6 boards and four assists.
“We tried to come out focused and just play really hard on defense,” Young said. “We can’t have any bad games now.”
Miller said it’s right back to work.
“We’re taking it one game at a time, one possession at a time,” the Shiloh coach said. “We’ll enjoy this for five minutes, then start getting ready for our next opponent.”
Tate Bertolotto had a strong game for Washburn. The junior guard led the Cardinals in points (16) and assists (4). Sophomore Matthew Leidholm sank 3 of 5 from long distance and finished with 12 points for Washburn, which ended its season at 12-10.
TL-M-M 53, New Salem-Almont 48
Trapper Jacobs has confidence he can knock down a shot no matter where he is on the court.
The Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky standout showed it on Tuesday.
Jacobs buried a 25-footer from the top of the key to give the Trojans a 14-point fourth quarter lead and they held off a late surge from New Salem-Almont in a 53-48 win.
"I was feeling it, I guess," said Jacobs, who poured in 24 points. "I have confidence from anywhere, honestly ... just let it fly."
Jacobs and Seth Laframboise combined for 42 of TL-M-M's 53 points. They needed all of them as the Holsteins surged late.
Back-to-back triples from Tayden Soupir and Brandon Schroeder cut the deficit to 51-48 with 12 seconds left. But Jacobs was fouled and coolly sank two free throws.
It wasn't a thing of beauty, but it didn't need to be.
"We're not playing real well right now," said TL-M-M coach Joi Anderson. "We're not clicking. It's almost like we clicked too early in the season."
Although, he is happy to coach another game, or two, this season.
"Everybody knows everybody nowadays. There are no easy games," Anderson said. "We knew it'd be a tough game. (New Salem-Almont) plays hard. They don't quit."
Laframboise did a lot of everything for the Trojans. The 6-2 senior had 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocked shots.
To go with his 24 points, Jacobs grabbed four rebounds and dished out 3 assists.
"We were sloppy at times. We need to clean some of that stuff up," said Jacobs, who had a 50-point game earlier this season. "We got the win. That's all that really matters."
Soupir led the Holsteins with 11 points and four assists. Schroeder added 10.
Shiloh Christian is up next for the Trojans in a matchup of 17-5 teams. Jacobs, a junior, said it's a stiff test, but they know what to expect.
"We can't be turning the ball over because they're going to be our shorts," he said of Shiloh's pressure defense. "We need to get as many possessions as we can, limit Macauley (Young) to one shot and just come ready to compete for four quarters.
"This is it. We can't leave anything in the tank. We have to bring everything we've got."