Marshall Hogue said he's always been comfortable with the 15-foot baseline jumper, and he proved it against Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood on Thursday.
The 6-foot senior forward from Our Redeemer's Christian School hit the shot repeatedly, finishing with 12 points, and teammate Tanner Strand poured in a game-high 24 as fifth-seeded Our Redeemer's Christian knocked off fourth-seeded Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 59-53 in the opening round of the District 12 tournament at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
"This is our first district (tournament) win in four years," Hogue said. "Hopefully, we can move on."
Our Redeemer’s junior Logan Sorum, right, drives into the defense of Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood senior Spencer Olson during the teams’ District 12 tournament matchup Thursday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
The Knights punched their ticket to today's semifinals and play top-seeded Berthold (20-0) at 6 p.m. M-L-S drops into loser-out action against Kenmare at 3 p.m.
"We know (Berthold) has lots of weapons," ORCS coach Jeremy Feller said.
Hogue proved to be a valuable asset, holding his position on the baseline and taking kick-outs from penetrating players like Strand and senior Logan Sorum.
"It's been one of my favorite shots since I was a kid," Hogue said. "It felt good to get 'em."
As a team, the Knights felt right at home, shooting 25-of-44 for 57 percent. Strand, who did most of his damage around the free-throw line, finished 10-of-13 shooting.
"We like to call that Strand-land," Feller said. "It makes my job easy as a coach when he goes 10-of-13."
Sorum was also in double figures with 10 for the Knights (8-12), who trailed just once in the game when M-L-S led 2-1 in the first minute of action. However, it was a battle for both teams as pesky M-L-S showed why it was able to beat the Knights 62-54 in the regular season.
The Mavericks (10-10) cut the deficit to four points with 57 seconds remaining thanks to a big fourth quarter from Spencer Olson. The 6-1 senior forward had 13 of his team-high 20 points in the final stanza.
But the Mavericks turned it over on the next possession, and Sorum hit a pair of free ones with 8.4 seconds left to secure the win. The Mavericks got 13 points from standout Anthony Scherr and finished 21-of-57 (39 percent) from the floor.
Feller said a big key was getting off to a good start. The Knights had just one turnover in the first quarter, four by halftime and finished with 12.
"We talked early about taking care of the ball," Feller said. "I definitely thought that we came out with lot of energy that we lacked last time."
Des Lacs-Burlington 76, Glenburn 54
Tanner Holte's game-high 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting helped the second-seeded Lakers advance to the semifinals with a convincing win over seventh-seeded Glenburn.
DL-B rallied from a 21-point deficit for a 78-75 win when the two teams squared off in the regular season, but Lakers coach Doug Wagner said he made sure Glenburn standout Houston Lavachek didn't get off to a hot start this time.
"(Last time), Lavachek hit a ton in the first half. We didn't focus on taking him away," Wagner said. "Here, we stayed even, came out and closed the door."
DL-B (13-7) led by two after the first quarter and 31-28 at halftime before a 9-0 run in the third quarter put the Lakers up 49-34. Glenburn (8-11) never got back into the game.
"I think a lot of it was our defensive intensity out of the chute," Wagner said.
Ethan Erickson finished with 22 points, and Cole Edwards added 10 for the Lakers, who shot 28-of-62 for 45 percent. However, it was their defense that set the tone, forcing 19 turnovers in the second half and 28 for the game.
Lavachek had a team-high 24 on 8-of-21 shooting. The 6-6 junior was also 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. The Panthers shot 21-of-46 for 47 percent, but didn't get as many chances because of turnovers.
Berthold 68, Kenmare 30
The No. 2 state-ranked Bombers, top-seeded in the tournament, used stifling defense to cruise past eighth-seeded Kenmare. Berthold did so without the services of first-team all-state forward Daniel Yale, who was home sick.
"He's still hurting pretty bad," Berthold coach Brock Teets said. "I don't know what's gonna happen. If not, we'll go with what we have. I'm proud of my kids. They came to play."
Ahead 12-6, Berthold (20-0) used an 11-0 run that started in the first quarter and went deep into the second to run away from the Honkers, who dropped to 4-16.
Alex Bloms had a game-high 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Mitchel White added 12 for Berthold, which shot 29-of-62 (47 percent) and had just three turnovers, zero in the fourth quarter.
Kenmare, which dropped into today's loser-out game at 3 p.m., was led in scoring by Mason Ankenbauer's nine points. Jon Essler, who entered with a per-game average of 17, was held to just two points on 1-of-11 shooting. The Honkers shot 12-of-43 for 28 percent and had 14 turnovers including six in the third quarter.
Bishop Ryan 58, Surrey 49
The Lions (11-9) advanced to the semifinals with a 14-2 run that started with Mason Kramer's driving layup at the end of the third quarter and was capped by Will DeCoteau's jumper from the free-throw line with 2:26 to go in the game.
DeCoteau had a team-high 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and Brody Bosch and Austin Eggl each added 11 for the Lions, who got a steal and layup from Chase Fugere early in the second quarter to take a 13-11 lead and never trailed thereafter.
"We'd dunk it into Will and get some give-and-goes by the basket," Ryan coach Scott Medalen said. "Taking what the defense gives us, that's a testament to the guys."
The Lions' rotation found itself rather thin, as starter Alec Burgard missed the game with a concussion, and Kramer is still nursing a sore ankle. Medalen said Burgard, a senior, could miss the entire district tournament, while Kramer continues to play limited minutes.
Ryan finished with just six turnovers and shot 22-of-40 for 40 percent.
Surrey (8-12) was led by Austin Gleave's game-high 17 points. Tayler Wallstrum added 13 for the Mustangs, who had 15 turnovers and were 17-of-49 from the field for 35 percent.
Ryan plays DL-B in the semis in a rematch of a 49-47 DL-B regular-season win at the auditorium. Medalen said the key is containing Holte.
"We have Will, but guarding (Holte) on the 3-point line with him takes away a rebounding advantage (for us)," Medalen said. "We need to control the boards and shoot well."
District 12 tournamentat Minot Municipal Auditorium
1) No. 1 Berthold 68, No. 8 Kenmare 30
2) No. 5 Our Redeemer's 59, No. 4 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 53
3) No. 2 Des Lacs-Burlington 76, No. 7 Glenburn 54
4) No. 3 Bishop Ryan 58, No. 6 Surrey 49
5) Kenmare (4-16) vs. M-L-S (10-10), 3 p.m.
6) Glenburn (8-12) vs. Surrey (8-12), 4:30 p.m.
7) Berthold (20-0) vs. Our Redeemer's (8-12), 6 p.m.
8) Des Lacs-Burlington (13-7) vs. Bishop Ryan (11-9), 7:30 p.m.