For Dunseith, Saturday afternoon couldn't come soon enough.
Just hours before, the Dragons dropped an ugly 3-point game to previously 1-9 Velva.
"(It left) a really bad taste," Dunseith coach Eric Morin said. "Our shooting was 2-for-24 from 3-point range. What do you do? You can't do anything about shots not going in."
Dunseith’s Jalen Davis goes up for a layup over Kenmare’s Mason Ankenbauer during Saturday’s game at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
Dunseith (7-4) didn't have that problem against Kenmare in the first game of the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Super Saturday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. The Dragons hit five 3s and their fair share of layups in a 69-56 win.
In a matchup of two teams that like to run, Dunseith did it best, hitting baskets at one end then constantly forcing turnovers that led to easy buckets the other way.
"We played physical and we got it in the post," senior Jalen Davis said. "We got good looks, good shots. We pressed them, we knew they were going to come out and play physical with us. We just wanted to push it to them."
The Dragons were led by Davis and 6-foot-3 post Trace Azure, each of whom had 19 points, and Devon Davis, who scored 17.
Azure, the soft-spoken freshman who leads the team in scoring and rebounding, served as an inside presence to balance out the perimeter attack. He had 15 boards and was a constant force in transition.
"He's somebody we didn't know was going to develop as quick as he is," Morin said. "We have a nice group of guards so if we learn to develop our inside game to go with our outside game then we're going to be more effective."
Dunseith never trailed, part of which can be attributed to Azure's early game success. The big man had eight points in the opening frame, including the team's last six in the quarter.
"For me it's unreal to see a freshman doing some of the things he's doing," Morin said. "He needs to keep improving, he's got a nice future ahead of him."
Tyler Ellsworth led Kenmare (3-9) with 11 points.
Glenburn 69, Parshall 61
Houston Lavachek scored 38 points, but it still took the Glenburn Panthers some late scoring to come away with the win in their game against Parshall.
The Braves (3-7) rallied to tie the contest at 58-58 in the fourth quarter before Lavachek struck again. He scored 12 points in the final frame and tallied six points in a row for the Panthers (7-5) to increase their lead to 68-61 late.
Dean Foote led Parshall with 20 points.
Des Lacs-Burlington 69, Tioga 49
For most of the day, the Des Lacs-Burlington boys basketball team was offensively dominant in its game against Tioga.
Tanner Holte paced the No. 10 Lakers with 30 points and DL-B scored 24 points in both the first and fourth quarters. Tioga (6-5) slowed the Lakers up somewhat in the second frame, creeping within 32-30 at the half.
DL-B (10-2) responded after the break, limiting Tioga to six third-quarter points while scoring 13 to up the margin to 45-36.
Chris Duke ended up with 17 points and Cole Edwards was the other Laker in double figures with 10.
Michael Lund scored 10 to lead Tioga.
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 42, Stanley 28
Not a single 3-pointer was hit by either Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood or Stanley in the Mavericks' victory Saturday.
There weren't a ton of two-point baskets, either. The two teams combined for just 25 field goals in a game the Mavericks (4-8) trailed only once. Sam Carlson led M-L-S with 18 points. His teammate Blaine Cook (11 points) was the only other player in double figures.
Seth Meyer led Stanley (2-9) with seven points.
Berthold 83, Bottineau 34
The Berthold Bombers scored 48 second-half points en route to a blowout win against Bottineau in the day's final game.
Austin Lee led the Bombers, who never trailed, with 22 points. Two other players, Mitchel White (13 points) and Adam Knudsvig (12) scored in double figures.
Berthold (12-1) hit 11 3-pointers and 30 shots from the field.
Garrett Pollman led Bottineau (4-9) with 14 points.