Jaeden Jenson's shot had every intention of going into the bucket.
As time expired from the Minot Municipal Auditorium scoreboard on Saturday and Berthold's senior gunner uncorked from the foul stripe, it looked possible - perhaps probable - that his heave would extend Berthold's district dominance, at least for the regular season.
"When he put it up," Des Lacs-Burlington point guard Cole Edwards said, "I thought it was good."
Des-Lacs Burlington sophomore Brett Schaefer prepares to launch a floater at the end of the first half of the Lakers’ 64-60 overtime win against Berthold Saturday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. Berthold’s Cale Neshem, right, and Austin Lee are also pictured.
Somehow Jenson's shot rattled out, enabling the Lakers to extend the game and eventually overtake last year's region champs 64-60 in overtime at the Aud.
It was only fitting that more time be left for DL-B's Tanner Holte and the Bombers' Austin Lee to settle things. When one of them hit a shot, the other typically answered in quick succession. After Lee's 3-pointer with four minutes left gave Berthold (15-2 overall, 5-1 District 12) a 48-46 lead, Holte answered with a 3 to erase the deficit. Eighteen seconds later, Lee hit a trey from NBA range before Holte followed with a basket 13 seconds later to tie it up once more.
"They're just both competitors," Lakers coach Doug Wagner said. "I can't speak for (Lee) but I can speak for Tanner. He's just a competitor. He wants to do what he can to help his team be successful. He's willing to take the big shot."
Both Lee and Holte had one more big 3 in them before regulation wound down. Lee's trifecta with a minute, 16 seconds left followed Holte's bucket a few seconds earlier.
"We just had to stay confident," Holte said. "Those 3s kept us in the game."
In the extra frame, Berthold showed fatigue and Holte didn't budge. While Lee's run was mainly in the fourth quarter (he had eight of his 15 points in the period), Holte was on point most of the game. He scored six more in overtime and totaled 14 of his game-high 29 points since the beginning of the fourth quarter.
The win clinches the No. 1 seed at Feb. 14's district tournament for the Lakers, who sprinted off the court after the postgame handshakes into the locker room.
The ensuing screams and exclamations moments later were audible from the hallway.
"It's a very big win," Holte said. "It gets us the No. 1 seed in the district. ... I cannot remember the last time we beat (Berthold)."
That last win, according to Wagner, took place in either 2008 or 2009. And Edwards, a prototypical pass-first player, was eager to change that stat.
With DL-B (15-2, 6-0) trailing by a point entering halftime, Edwards came out firing in the third quarter, hitting three 3-pointers and scoring nine of his 13 points in the stanza to helping the Lakers build a five-point lead entering the fourth.
"I have a lot of confidence in my shot," Edwards said. "I know I can shoot the ball. ... When we need buckets and I'm getting wide-open shots I gotta take them."
It was the first in what could be three meetings in the next few weeks. The two could match up in both the district and region tournaments.
"You can't just beat a team once and rest on your laurels," Wagner said. "You have to come back and sharpen your skills a little bit and be ready for the test again."
Kenmare 63, Glenburn 49
Kenmare limited the production of Glenburn gunner Houston Lavachek. By doing so, the Honkers cruised to an easy win.
Lavachek scored just 10 points, enabling the Honkers (4-12 overall, 2-4 District 12) to build a double-digit lead early on. By halftime, it was 42-22. After the third quarter, it was 59-32. Kenmare coasted from there and the Honkers had four players finish in double figures. Mason Ankenbauer and Jace Helmers had 16 points apiece. Tyler Ellsworth tallied 12.
Hunter Harris scored 11 points for the Honkers but left midway through the third quarter with an apparent leg injury.
Devin Korynta led the Panthers (9-7, 2-4) with 19 points.
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 48, Bishop Ryan 44
Unhappy with most of the starting lineup's performance on Saturday, Bishop Ryan head coach elected to play the entire fourth quarter with bench players Tyler Daws, Brenden Backes, Nick Berentson and Matt Niess joining starting point guard Brody Bosch.
"The other four were awful," Medalen said. "Turnovers, poor shots, couldn't play defense. Not ready."
Ryan (9-8 overall, 3-3 District 12) cut an 11-point deficit entering the frame down to three at multiple points. But it wasn't enough to overtake the Mavericks and Sam Carlson, who scored 10 points in the final frame.
"That's what we've been battling all season," MLS coach Matt Undlin said. "We're not deep enough to go the full quarters. ... The thing tonight was we were able to build that, give a few guys some breaks and at the end we still had enough energy to finish that game off."
Bosch finished with a game-high 31 points. Jared Will's one point was the only other scoring from the starting lineup. Medalen promised to start a different set of five at Our Redeemer's on Tuesday.
Carlson and Blaine Cook each had 18 points for the Mavericks (5-12 overall), who earned their first district win of the season in their sixth contest.
Our Redeemer's 74, Surrey 58
Our Redeemer's led the whole way and built a margin as large as 22 in its win against Surrey.
Four Knights were in double figures. Micah Jacobsen scored 16 points to lead the team. He was closely followed by Logan Sorum (15), Josh VanLith (12) and Davis Koppinger (10).
Austin Gleave was the lone bright spot for Surrey (6-11 overall, 1-5 District 12), which never got the margin under 13 in the second half. He scored a game-high 24 points.
ORCS (12-6, 4-2) hosts Bishop Ryan on Tuesday.