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Michael Savaloja, Published March 20 2010

ND Class B boys basketball: Bombers bounce Kidder County

MINOT, N.D. – The Berthold Bombers held Kidder County scoreless for 4 minutes, 21 seconds in the second period during a 12-0 run, and coasted to a 63-47 victory over the Pirates in the semifinals of the state Class B tournament here on Friday.

“Hustle plays. A steal here and there and offensive put backs,” Berthold coach Brock Teets said of his team’s game-changing run. “We just feed off that energy and feed off each other.

A host of players got into the action in the first half, but nobody shined brighter for the Bombers than 6-foot-3 sophomore center Daniel Yale. Yale led Berthold with 17 points and racked up six of his 10 rebounds before the end of the first half.

The Bombers led 35-19 going into the locker room.

“He’s so explosive off the rim,” Teets said. “When Danny’s focused he’s a beast down there.”

“I don’t think we anticipated the rebounding power of (Yale),” Kidder County coach Paul Olson said. “We wanted them to beat us deep and they didn’t beat us deep. They beat us by offensive rebounds and put backs.”

Yale also drew the assignment of guarding Kidder County’s 6-4, all-state senior guard Adam Randall. The sophomore rose to the occasion, limiting Randall to 6 points in the first two periods.

“Adam Randall is a great basketball player and being able to guard him was an honor,” Yale said. “I was happy I could help the team out.”

Randall scored just a single free-throw in the second, but ended the contest with a game-high 22 points after hitting three three-pointers in the second half.

The all-stater, however, hit just 7 of 24 total shots from the field.

“(Randall) struggled shooting the ball early on,” Olson said. “When he struggles, we struggle.”

“(Daniel) did everything for us tonight. He guarded one of the best players in the state and did a good job on him,” Teets said. “He’s energized right now and has been a star for us these last two games.”

Yale posted 23 points in Thursday’s 91-82 double overtime victory over Fargo Oak Grove in the quarterfinals.

The Bombers dominated the glass all evening, outrebounding Kidder County 40-29, with 13 of those coming on the offensive end. The Pirates also struggled to find the hoop, converting just 15 of 53 shots from the floor for 28 percent.

“It’s a hard game win you’re shooting 19 percent at halftime,” Olson said. “They murdered us on the boards in the first half. We did better in the second half, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

Kidder County 12 19 32 47

Berthold 18 35 47 63

KIDDER COUNTY (20-6): Wahl 0-2 0-0 0, W. Nicholson 2-6 0-1 6, Miller 1-7 2-2 4, N. Nicholson 1-4 3-4 5, Randall 7-24 5-7 22, Kalianoff 4-9 2-3 10, Leier 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-53 12-17 47.

BERTHOLD (26-1): Brown 2-4 0-0 5, Bloms 4-8 0-0 10, Birdsall 1-1 1-2 3, Langan 1-2 0-1 2, Axelson 1-3 0-0 2, White 3-5 4-6 11, M.Yale 5-10 3-4 13, D.Yale 8-14 1-2 17. Totals: 25-47 9-15 63.

3-pointers – Kidder County 5 (W.Nicholson 2, Randall 3), Berthold 4 (Brown, Bloms 2, White). Rebounds – Kidder County 29 (Kalianoff 9), Berthold 40 (M.Yale 11). Assists – Kidder County 7 (Wahl 2, Randall 2), Berthold 11 (M.Yale 5). Total fouls – Kidder County 18, Berthold 18.

Fouled out – Kalianoff.

Michael Savaloja is a writer for the Jamestown Sun, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.