MHS boys stifle Legacy 62-47

Garrick Hodge/MDN Minot High’s Alex Schimke (25) pulls up for a jump shot during a boys high school basketball game Thursday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

Minot High boys basketball coach Dean Winczewski couldn’t stop praising his team’s defensive performance Thursday night.

A week after dropping a heartbreaker to Mandan, the Magi held Legacy to 38.8 percent from the field in a 62-47 win at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

“We went out and guarded people tonight,” Winczewski said. “I’m very happy with our defensive effort. I thought we were really smart, we really moved and covered a lot of stuff up to take stuff away. We rebounded much better in the second half and we did enough to gut out a win tonight.”

Minot (8-3, 6-3 WDA) only trailed once the entire game after Legacy (5-7, 5-4) scored the first basket of the night, but the Magi responded by forcing six straight turnovers en route to using a 13-0 run to take an 11-point lead.

“Our defense was what started that,” Winczewski said. “We left some points on the board, but that’s a really good basketball team we’re playing. We had our opportunities to take advantage of things, but we set the tone defensively and that’s what we have to continue to do.”

Garrick Hodge/MDN Minot High’s Chandler Albertson (1) drives to the basket Thursday.

After taking a 26-18 lead at halftime, MHS senior guard Peyton Lamoureux scored 10 points in the first 8 minutes out of the break, pacing the Magi to a 43-36 lead. Lamoureux scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half.

Legacy reduced the deficit to five early in the second, but couldn’t keep up with Minot’s three-point shooting down the stretch. MHS made 6 of 12 3-pointers in the second half and 8-of-19 total. Minot shot 47.1 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Sabers 32-27.

“Peyton made some big baskets in the second half,” Winczewski said. “People were smart enough to find him. Everybody really made plays down the stretch. Chandler (Albertson) got to the rim and Lofton (Klabunde) was big tonight. That’s when we’re good, when a variety of guys are getting their feet set.”

Senior forward Lofton Klabunde scored 15 points and pulled down eight boards for the Magi, while Chandler Albertson chipped in 14 points and four assists. Rhett Clements and Austin Wolf each had 11 points for Legacy, which shot 7-of-23 from beyond the arc and 19-of-49 from the floor.

“We’re getting better and continuing to grow,” Winczewski said. “We’re finding out who we are and the things we do well. That’s really a growth process. It’s time for our young guys to realize they’re not guys anymore, and we have to clean up mistakes.”

MHS is back in action at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in a road matchup against Williston.

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