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Kade Amundson of Bismarck Century shoots over Camren Steckler of Mandan during the semifinals of the North Dakota Class A boys basketball tournament on Friday. The Patriots xxxx West Fargo Sheyenne in the title game on Saturday night.

It was a Century sweep Saturday night at the SHAC.

Playing in the state title game for the third time in four years, this time the Patriots finished it off.

Century defeated West Fargo Sheyenne 63-56 to win its first Class A state title since 2011 just a couple hours after the Patriots held off Mandan 55-51 in the girls championship game.

Due to the Tribune’s early deadline Saturday night, a full story and statistics on Saturday night’s state Class A championship game were not available at press time. The full story, along with tournament awards, can be found at bismarcktribune.com. Saturday night’s championship game story, and photos, will be published in Monday’s edition of the Tribune.

Century, which finished the season on a 21-game winning streak, ended the first half strong and rode the wave after the break.

Treyton Mattern and Kade Lynch connected from deep to put the Patriots up 29-22.

The hot-shooting continued after the break as Mattern and Josh Sipes strokes 3-pointers on Century’s first two possessions, ballooning Century’s edge to 38-22.

The Mustangs, coached by Century and University of Mary grad Tom Kirchoffner, kept it close in the second half, however.

A deep triple by Charles Dubois cut the Patriots’ lead to 43-37 with 10 minutes to go.

But Century always had the answer.

Lynch drained another 3-pointer and Sipes also knocked one down to pus the lead back to 50-37.

The Mustangs had one surge late. After cutting the gap to 60-54 a loose ball fell to Zachary Westphal, who uncorked a deep 3-ball, but it was short.

Free throws by Kade Amundson and Cade Feeney iced it.

Mattern led Century with 20 points. Lynch added 19 and Sipes 12.

The Mustangs were led by Christian Kuntz with 13 points.

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