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Eric Peterson, Published February 20 2012

Layup sends Maple Valley past Lidgerwood-Wyndmere

FARGO – A clutch player made the clutch play in the closing seconds Monday night at the Fargo Civic Center.

Jordan Haseleu scored an acrobatic layup with three seconds remaining to lift No. 9-ranked Maple Valley to a 50-48 victory against Lidgerwood-Wyndmere in the first round of the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 boys basketball tournament.

“He didn’t make an easy layup,” said Lidgerwood-Wyndmere head coach Todd Hosford. “I told our guys if they watch it on film, they won’t feel as bad about themselves. That was a highlight-reel, last-second shot.”

Maple Valley (21-2) plays No. 3-ranked Central Cass (23-0) in tonight’s semifinals at the Fargo Civic Center. The Raiders lost the Central Cass during the regular season.

“Central Cass is a great basketball team and this group of young men wanted a shot at them and we’ll get it,” said Maple Valley head coach Jay Kocka.

Lidgerwood-Wyndmere (15-8) led by as many as four points in the final five minutes. However, the Raiders scored eight of the game’s final 10 points. Haseleu scored four of those points.

Lidgerwood-Wyndmere played a box-and-1 defense on Haseleu on Maple Valley’s final possession. Kocka said the final play was called ‘Kindred’ because Kindred had played some box-and-1 defense on Haseleu earlier this season.

Haseleu beat his defender off the dribble near the 3-point circle and exploded toward the basket in the game’s closing seconds. The 5-foot-11 junior was met by a pair of Warbirds’ defenders when he got near the hoop. Haseleu double-clutched in the air and then banked in an off-balance layup with three seconds remaining.

“I seen (Jeff) Illies and I don’t remember the other guy,” Haseleu said of the Warbirds defense. “Illies is a good shot blocker so I had to change it a little bit.” The Warbirds called time out after Haseleu’s layup and had 2.7 seconds to set up a length-of-the-court final play. Illies had a halfcourt heave at the final buzzer that was off the mark.

Illies scored a game-high 24 points and added 11 rebounds.

“Our guys left everything they had on the floor,” Hosford said. “Their heart was there all the way through the game.” The Warbirds took a 46-42 lead after senior Adam Bell drained a 15-foot jumper with 4 minutes, 28 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. Maple Valley countered with the next six points and that helped set the stage for Haseleu’s game-winner.

Senior forward Ethen Preston paced the Raiders with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

“It was a gutsy effort by our guys,” Kocka said.

MV 7 22 38 50

LW 13 22 38 48

MAPLE VALLEY (21-2): Beilke 0 0-0 0, Sours 0 0-0 0, Smith 4 0-0 10, Lerud 1 0-0 2, Steidl 2 1-2 5, Preston 6 3-4 15, Haseleu 6 2-3 14, Richman 1 2-2 4. Totals 20-56 8-11 50.

LIDGERWOOD-WYNDMERE (15-8): Vasquez 2 0-0 4, Bell 4 0-0 8, Hollingsworth 1 0-0 3, Jelinek 0 0-0 0, Sanden 0 0-0 0, Woodbury 3 0-0 6, Illies 10 2-2 24, Grumbo 1 0-2 3. Totals 21-55 2-4 48.

3-point goals: Smith 2, Hollingsworth, Illies 2, Grumbo. Total fouls: MV 9, LW 8. Rebounds: MV 31 (Preston 11), LW 28 (Illies 11). Turnovers: MV 7, LW 6.

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