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Eric Peterson, Published February 20 2012

Kindred rolls to victory at Region 1 tournament

FARGO – Jack Plankers provided the power while Eric Bachmeier added some finesse. That Kindred combination was clicking Monday at the Fargo Civic Center.

Plankers and Bachmeier combined for 31 points in the first half to help spark the Vikings to a 75-54 victory against Hankinson in the opening round of the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 boys basketball tournament.

“They’re really good friends and they play well together on the court, which is nice to see,” Kindred head coach Brad Woehl said. “It’s kind of a nice inside-out combination which is what good teams need to go deep in tournaments.” Kindred (16-7) plays Fargo Oak Grove (14-9) at 6 tonight in the region semifinals.

“We needed to limit those guys’ touches tonight, Bachmeier and Plankers,” Hankinson head coach Mike Gaukler said. “We did not play well on the defensive side of the floor. You have to give them credit. They are a good basketball team.”

Kindred powered its way to a 41-21 halftime lead and rode that strong start to victory.

Plankers and Bachmeier both shot better than 60 percent from the field through the first two quarters. A 6-foot-8 senior, Plankers was 6 of 9 (67 percent) from the field in the first 16 minutes and had 13 points and 10 rebounds by halftime. A 6-foot-3 sophomore, Bachmeier was 7 of 11 (64 percent) from the field en route to 18 points at halftime.

Plankers used his big frame to score in the paint, while Bachmeier scored from the perimeter or on slashing drives to the basket.

“Bachmeier can definitely shoot the ball and when he gets hot, it’s tough to stop him,” said Plankers, who finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.

The Vikings pulled away at the end of the second quarter. Kindred ended the half on a 16-2 run. Bachmeier scored eight points during that game-changing stretch. A Nick Milbrandt layup capped the surge and gave the Vikings a 41-21 lead with 1 minute, 5 seconds to play in the second quarter.

“We were spreading the ball around,” said Plankers, who has signed to play football at North Dakota State. “A lot of shots were going in. It was a team effort in the second quarter. … Really everything just clicked today.”

H 11 21 32 54

K 18 41 60 75

HANKINSON (10-13): Lenzen 1 0-0 2, Geffre 5 6-8 17, S. Mauch 1 0-0 2, Asp 4 4-4 12, Birnbaum 4 1-2 5, Gulan 0 0-0 0, Veit 0 0-0 0, C. Mauch 2 0-0 4, G. Mauch 1 3-4 5, Theede 1 1-3 3. Totals 19-66 15-22 54.

KINDRED (16-7): Olien 1 0-0 2, Kappes 2 0-0 4, Bachmeier 7 2-2 18, Holland 0 0-2 0, Moffet 0 0-0 0, Reinke 4 2-2 10, Nyhof 2 1-2 5, Milbrandt 3 0-1 6, Andel 1 0-0 2, Staton 0 0-0 0, Cramer 1 0-0 3, Ness 4 0-0 8, C. Plankers 0 0-0 0, J. Plankers 7 3-3 17. Totals 32-66 8-12 75.

3-point goals: Bachmeier 2, Cramer, Geffre. Total fouls: H 11, K 17. Rebounds: H 30 (four players with 5), K 38 (Plankers 13). Turnovers: H 6, K 13.

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