DLB caps lopsided first round with 70-43 win over Berthold
On a day when all four of the District 12 tournament first round boys basketball games were decided by 20 points or more, No. 3-seeded Des Lacs-Burlington (14-6) took down No. 6 Lewis & Clark-Berthold, 70-43, at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
A balanced offense, with nearly six players scoring in double figures, carried the Lakers to the District 12 semifinals.
“We talk often about the different ways we can score and they different guys that can score,” DLB coach Tyler Ystaas said. “So, to see that we are eager to make the extra pass to the open man is good to see. Anytime you can move the ball that well and trust each other, that’s always a great thing to see.”
DLB was led in scoring by senior Joshua Knutson (16 points), followed by sophomore Dante Gunville (12), senior Arron Grandy (11), senior Eddie White Bear (11), senior Josh Duke (9) and senior John Koronka (9).
The Bombers (5-15) had no answers in slowly DLB down.
“We tried a lot,” LCB coach Chris Brown said. “We tried zone. We tried man. They played really well together and they are not afraid to make the extra pass. And they hit shots. You can tell they play a lot of basketball together.”
Grandy came out firing with a pair of made 3-pointers coming from opposite corners of the court.
Bombers junior Thomas Burke did everything in his power offensively to keep Berthold close. He scored 17 out of LCB’s 26 first half points. Burke finished with a game-high 26 points.
Nobody else had more than five points for the Bombers.
“We got to work the ball around a little better,” Brown said. “When we do have the opportunity to score, we got to score. But, kudos to them. They played great team defense tonight. They swarmed and we were one-and-done when we did shoot it.”
DLB finished the first three quarters with shots going in right before the buzzer sounded. In the first and third quarters, it was Koronka making a splash with 3-pointers. Going into halftime, Gunville buried an NBA-range triple.
The Lakers led 37-26 at the intermission with everybody getting in on the scoring action.
“None of that is calls for any one individual player,” Ystaas said. “The guys are working the ball and finding each other. We know that any of us can hit a shot. It just depends on the natural flow of the offense and who has got the ball in their hands when the opening comes.”
After a crafty spin move by White Bear for two points, Knutson earned his team-high in points by scoring the Lakers last eight points. That included two 3-pointers.
In earlier District 12 action, all the top seeds advanced: No. 1 Bishop Ryan over No. 8 South Prairie (69-18), No. 4 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood over No. 5 Glenburn (74-42) and No. 2 Our Redeemer’s over No. 7 Surrey (67-47).
The Lakers move on to face ORCS in the District 12 semifinals at roughly 7:30 p.m. this evening.
LCB gets Surrey in the loser-out round at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon.
“I told them this is the last time this season that I can say we have another day,” Brown said. “We have to show up tomorrow with our backs against the wall, but it’s still anyone’s game.”
Alex Eisen covers Minot High School, Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.