MINOT – The 2018-19 school year has seen Thompson win Class B state championships in 9-man football and volleyball.
On Saturday night, it added boys basketball to the list.
The No. 1-seeded Tommies outscored No. 2 Shiloh Christian 12-2 in overtime and walked off the Minot State University Dome court with a 57-47 victory and the school’s first Class B boys basketball state championship. Thompson, in its first-ever boys basketball state tournament, missed a chance to win the game in the closing seconds of regulation, but dominated the extra session to cap off a 26-1 season.
“We knew we had the kind of team that could get this far. It took a lot of work, but we got it done,” said Thompson’s Hayden Overby, a 6-foot-6 senior forward. “We’re proud that we were the first Thompson team to get to the (boys basketball) state tournament, and I can’t tell you how much it means to us and to the community to win the state championship.”
It was 45-45 heading into overtime and it stayed that way until the 3:07 mark when Shiloh’s 6-foot-9 center, Macauley Young, fouled Marcus Hughes on a 3-point attempt. Bad news for the Skyhawks. It was the fifth foul for Young, who had 25 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots. Hughes went a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe to give the Tommies a 48-45 lead.
Trey Brunelle pulled the Skyhawks within one, 48-47, with 2:35 remaining, but Shiloh didn’t score again. Meanwhile, Overby – taking advantage of Young’s absence -- netted a pair of baskets in a span of 44 seconds to make it 52-47 with 1:36 left. Overby, who finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, later added a free throw with 38.1 seconds remaining to extend Thompson’s lead to six, 53-47.
After a Shiloh miss, Cadyn Schwabe went 2-for-2 from the free-throw line with 19.9 seconds left, and teammate Pierce Cooper added two charity tosses following a Skyhawks turnover to close the scoring.
“It was such a hard-fought game. Both teams wanted it bad, but in the end we were the team that kept it together and finished strong,” Overby said. “A lot of us have played in a lot of big games before and I think our mental toughness was one thing that got us through. But give Shiloh credit. They’re a great team.”
The see-saw battle saw the Skyhawks carry a 37-35 lead into the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands eight times before a Hughes’ free throw evened the score at 45-45 with 30.9 seconds remaining. After the inbounds pass, Schwabe tipped the ball away from Matthew Reep, whose immediate foul stopped the clock at :22.7. Later, with time winding down, Schwabe attempted a 3-pointer from the right wing that bounced off the rim and into the arms of Young with one second remaining.
Schwabe, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and Hughes added 15 and 10 points, respectively, for the Tommies. Coach Brandy George was named Class B coach of the year.
It was a rough ending for Shiloh’s Young, a senior, who posted his third double-double of the tournament. With Thompson’s man-to-man defense limiting Shiloh’s dangerous perimeter game, the Skyhawks went to Young early and often. He scored 18 points in the second half, including 12 in the third, when Shiloh outscored Thompson 17-10.
However, no other Skyhawk tallied more than seven points.
“You have to give Thompson credit. They played great defense and took away a lot of what we do well,” said Shiloh coach Brad Miller, whose team finished 23-4. “We had success inside with Macauley, but he got into foul trouble and that wound up hurting us in the end. But the kids played hard and battled the whole way. We have a lot to be proud of.”
Ted Allmaras scored the go-ahead points with 24.7 seconds remaining and No. 5 seed New Rockford-Sheyenne held on to defeat Beulah 56-53 in the fifth-place game.
Allmaras, a senior guard, broke a 53-53 tie with a layup and drew a foul in the process. He went on to make the free throw to make it 56-53.
Later, the Miners’ Trey Brandt missed a 3-point attempt from the left corner, with the rebound caroming out of the bounds off a Beulah player with 13.1 seconds left. Allmaras was fouled a second later, but completely missed the basket on the front end of a bonus, giving the ball back to the Miners. After a timeout, New Rockford-Sheyenne’s Bo Belquist stole the inbounds pass and the Rockets played keep away until Nathan Holzwarth was fouled with two seconds remaining. Holzwarth missed the front end of a bonus, as well, but Allmaras later forced a turnover to seal the victory for the Rockets.
The game was tight from start to finish as the largest lead by either team was five points – 38-33 Beulah midway through the third quarter. The Miners led at all stops 12-10, 27-26 and 45-44, and went ahead 53-51 with 3:24 remaining in the game on a Brandt basket. Holzwarth evened the score at 53-53 1:30 later.
Allmaras and Tucker Longnecker, also a senior, led the Rockets (24-4) with 13 points apiece. Belquist added 12 points and five assists.
Brandt, a freshman, topped the Miners (20-6) with 14 points. Senior Sean Gierke contributed 13 points. Senior Chad Morsette, Beulah’s leading scorer, tallied nine points before leaving the game with 3:31 remaining in the third quarter with a leg injury.
In the game for third place, five Richland players scored at least nine points as the No. 3-seeded Colts downed No. 4 Minot Ryan 62-47.
Cole Myers led the way with 18 points, and Colten Evanson, Carter Lingen, Gavin Reiland and Hunter Lentz followed with 12, 11, 10 and nine, respectively.
All five players scored in a late 13-1 run that turned a 49-46 Richland lead into a 62-47 advantage. Ryan’s Ben Bohl completed a three-point play with 5:20 remaining to make it 49-46, but the Lions didn’t score again until Bohl went 1-for-2 from the free-throw line with just under three minutes left. That trimmed the deficit to eight, 55-47.
The Colts (23-3) led 14-13 at the end of the first quarter, 30-23 at halftime, and 43-37 with eight minutes to play. They held a 47-38 lead early in the fourth quarter, but an 8-2 run pulled the Lions within three, 49-46, with 5:30 remaining.
Myers also had 16 rebounds.
Bohl, a Mr. Basketball finalist, netted 16 points in his last high school game. Teammate Mason Hedberg added 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Lions, who finished 23-5.
A key 12-2 third-quarter run propelled Powers Lake to a 56-42 victory over Ellendale in the seventh-place game.
After an Austin Molan basket pulled Ellendale within three, 26-23, early in the third quarter, Aiden Nordloef, Kyle VanBerkom and Isaac Nordloef connected for back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to extend Powers Lake’s lead to 12, 35-23, with 5:44 remaining. Ellendale’s Scott Wagner ended the Ranchers’ run with a pair of free throws, but moments later, Isaac Nordloef netted another 3-pointer to make it 38-25 with 3:45 left in the third. The quarter ended 42-33.
Powers Lake, in the state tournament for the first time since 1939, led by as many as 15 points (54-39) in the fourth quarter.
VanBerkom and Isaac Nordloef led the Ranchers (21-7) with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Noah Fredrickson added 11.
Molan tallied 12 points for Ellendale (15-13). Scott Wagner contributed eight points and 15 rebounds.