Knights inch past Aggies, set up rematch with Ryan

Al Christianson/Special to the MDN Our Redeemer's guard Tayten Reid (1) puts up a shot, while Velva's Nicholas Effertz (3) defends him during a Region 6 boys basketball game Tuesday at the MSU Dome.

When the Our Redeemer’s boys basketball team needed big plays Tuesday, Tayten Reid delivered.

The 6-foot-2 senior guard was 10-of-12 from the floor, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc, for a game-high 25 points in the Knights’ 66-61 Region 6 tournament quarterfinal victory against Velva at the MSU Dome.

“It was a really incredible performance considering Tayten didn’t get to play these guys the first time we played,” ORCS coach Mark LaCroix said. “The next time we played them, he was also coming off a bum ankle. He finally got to play them healthy, and he was ready to go. That’s what you expect out of a senior. He wanted the moment and really carried us at times.”

The victory marked the third time this season the Knights beat Velva. ORCS took down the Aggies 54-36 on Dec. 16 and 66-47 on Feb. 15.

“It’s a tough team across the board,” LaCroix said. “They’ve gotten better as the year has gone on. We saw them right away, then the middle of the year and now the end. They’re scrappy all the way through and this is one of those wins that you have to be proud of as a program.”

With the win, the Knights face Bishop Ryan in what figures to be a highly anticipated Region 6 semifinal matchup at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the MSU Dome. In the inner-city rivals’ lone meeting this season, Ryan bested ORCS 66-45 on Jan. 23.

“It’s going to be a fun night across the board,” LaCroix said. “You have Des Lacs-Burlington and Rugby in first game, and a rivalry game between Ryan and us in the second. You just love this time of year. You have to scrap to win and find a way to win.”

By the end of the first quarter, Velva seized all the momentum with an 11-0 run en route to a 17-12 lead entering the second. Each team scored 15 points in the next quarter, giving the Aggies a 32-27 halftime lead.

The Knights outscored Velva 19-12 in the third, re-taking the lead, 46-44, entering the fourth.

With Velva trailing 62-59 with 30 seconds remaining, the Aggies couldn’t get a mid-range shot to go, then ORCS guard Noah Abel made two free throws to seal the victory.

Abel scored 15 points for the Knights on a 5 of 9 shooting effort, while Leyton Lang scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds. ORCS shot 47 percent from the floor, 6-of-10 from the 3-point line and made 12 of 14 free throws.

Hayden Lee had a team-high 20 points for the Aggies, while Nicholas Effertz added 16 points and seven boards, while Ethan Schepp recorded 14 points and five rebounds. Velva shot 54 percent from the floor, 6-of-10 from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Knights 30-19.

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