Lamoureux nearly ties MHS single game 3-point record in win

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Minot High's Peyton  Lamoureux (24) surveys the passing options at the top of the key during a boys high school basketball game Tuesday.

Garrick Hodge/MDN Minot High's Peyton Lamoureux (24) surveys the passing options at the top of the key during a boys high school basketball game Tuesday.

Minot High junior guard Peyton Lamoureux had a performance on Tuesday he won’t soon forget.

The 5-foot-11 sharpshooter almost etched his name into the MHS record books, knocking down nine 3-pointers to complete a 27-point performance in a 102-68 win over Turtle Mountain in Minot. Lamoureux was 9-of-11 from beyond the arc for the No. 1 rated Magicians.

“My teammates got me the ball when I was hot,” Lamoureux said. “Couldn’t have asked for a better night. We have a lot of great drivers and they were able to pitch me the ball tonight.”

But Lamoureux’s night wasn’t the only near milestone for Minot. The Magicians made 15 threes as a team, one away from matching the program’s single game record of 16.

“We did a great job of sharing the ball,” MHS coach Dean Winczewski said. “I thought we had a variety of kids contribute and make shots tonight. That’s a good team we just beat. They’re athletic and play hard so it was good to build a lead like that.”

The Magi got off to a slow start from the three-point line and let the Braves hang around in the opening minutes as the score sat at nine apiece with 12:30 left in the first half.

“They caused problems,” Winczewski said. “Their coach has done a good job. We had to regroup and once the shots started falling we relaxed a little bit.”

Two Lamoureux threes and a couple other Magi baskets later and MHS had quickly taken a 25-13 lead with 6:53 remaining in the opening half.

“Peyton is a tremendous shooter,” Winczewski said. “But the best thing about the whole night to be honest with you is how unselfish our kids were in finding him. He didn’t dribble down and shoot it himself, our kids did a lot of dribble help situations and he knocked down the shots when they were open.”

Minot took a 48-27 lead into halftime and outscored the Braves 54-41 in the second half to complete its dominating win. MHS remains undefeated on the season at 9-0.

“I think they take pride in the fact they’ve gotten to this point,” Winczewski said. “It’s about being unselfish, being hard and our kids have bought into that. They really care about the team having success rather than themselves.”

Justin Engg had 20 points for MHS, while KyJuan Johnson pitched in 13 points and seven assists and Chandler Albertson and Trevor Banks each contributed 10 points. The Magi shot 62.9 percent from the floor and 60.9 percent from long range.

Seth Gillis had 21 points for Turtle Mountain, which shot 54.8 percent from the floor.

MHS is back in action at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against Mandan, while Turtle Mountain (5-3) plays Bismarck St. Mary’s at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home.

Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @Garrick_Hodge. ¬

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