Magi basketball ties school record in made 3-pointers, defeats Spearfish

SPEARFISH, S.D. — The lengthy road trip to South Dakota, with a stop in Dickinson, was a success for the Minot High School boys basketball team.

Following a 74-68 win over the Midgets on Friday, the Magicians (10-3) got on the bus and headed three hours south to face the Spearfish Spartans Saturday afternoon.

Travel fatigue had no effect on Minot, as they won 81-55 and made 16 triples to tie a school record. A feat that was last accomplished during the 1998-99 season against Williston.

“I thought we came out with a lot more energy in this game,” MHS coach Dean Winczewski said. “We had a better focus defensively, especially in the final three quarters. We didn’t shoot particularly well in the first half, but we did a lot of good things to get shots. The ball just didn’t go in.”

Peyton Lamoureux scored 12 his team-high 15 points with four 3-pointers. Jaxon Gunville also made four 3-pointers for 14 points. Chandler Albertson (13 points) and Alex Schimke (12 points) both sunk three triples. The other two 3-pointers came from Deven Forbes and Lofton Klabunde.

“A lot of it was coming off of unselfish plays,” Winczewski said. “They put us in situations where we were able to take those shots and we were fortunate that they went in. There were a few contested (shots), but we did a good job of finding the extra passes and getting people open shots.”

The Magi had a 33-24 lead at halftime and shot 48.4 percent from the floor in the second half to pull away. Minot made more 3-pointers (16) than field goals from inside the arc (11) or free throws (11 of 17).

Spearfish had two players finish in double figures: Dawson Sundsted (19) and Brady Greger (16). They were held to 21-for-57 (36.8 percent) from the field and made nine 3-pointers.

The Magi have a critical rematch with Bismarck Century on Tuesday at Minot High School. The Patriots dealt Minot its first loss this season, 79-50, on Dec. 16. Tip-off for the second rendition of last season’s state title match is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.