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Forum staff reports, Published March 09 2012

St. Mary's, Bismarck prevail at ND Class A state boys basketball consolation

FARGO – Benjamin Weisbeck scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to pace Bismarck St. Mary’s to a 66-61 win over West Fargo during the consolation semifinals of the North Dakota Class A boys basketball tournament on Friday at the Bison Sports Arena.

Darius Sparks added 16 points for the Saints, who play Bismarck in the fifth-place game at 11:30 a.m. today at the Fargodome.

Justin Heisler paced the Packers with 15 points. Travis Schock and Andy Young scored 11 and eight points, respectively, for West Fargo, which finishes its season 12-12.

WEST FARGO (12-12): Heisler 5 4-5 15, Schock 4 2-4 11, Young 2 3-4 8, Wolden 2 0-0 5, Johnson 2 1-2 5, Uetz 2 0-0 5, Rotert 1 1-2 4, Evenson 1 0-0 3, Sufi 1 0-0 2, Hogenson 0 2-2 2, Althoff 0 1-2 1. Totals 20-43 14-21 61.

ST. MARY’S (15-9): Weisbeck 8 6-6 23, Sparks 5 4-5 16, Tescher 3 0-0 9, Neff 1 4-4 6, Nagel 2 1-2 5, Obritsch 0 4-6 4, Bohan 1 0-0 3. Totals 20-53 19-23 66.

Halftime: SM 35, WF 31

3-pointers: Heisler Schock, Young, Wolden, Uetz, Rotert, Evenson, Weisbeck, Sparks 2, Tescher 3, Bohan. Total fouls: WF 18, SM 20. Rebounds: WF 21 (Hogenson, Heisler 4), SM 19 (Weisbeck 7). Assists: WF 10 (Heisler 3), SM 9 (Tescher 3). Turnovers: WF 22, SM 14.

Bismarck 71, Minot 61

Dexter Werner scored 25 points and ripped down 12 rebounds to spark Bismarck to a victory Friday against Minot in the consolation semifinals at the North Dakota Class A state boys basketball tournament at the Bison Sports Arena.

The 6-foot-6 Werner, who has signed at North Dakota State, made 8 of 21 shots from the floor, adding three assists and four blocked shots. Sophomore Taylor Schafer added 22 points for the Demons.

Brandon VanDusen paced Minot with 16 points.

MINOT (13-11): VanDusen 7 0-0 16, Quist 3 4-5 12, Gerding 4 1-1 11, Mackey 3 0-3 6, Hustad 3 0-0 6, Frank 2 0-0 6, Krueger 1 0-0 2, Albertson 0 2-2 2, Jechort 0 0-0 0, Bloms 0 0-0 0. Totals 23-64 7-11 61.

BISMARCK (20-4): Werner 8 9-10 25, Schafer 5 10-10 22, Fitterer 4 1-2 11, Clairmont 3 0-0 7, Schirado 0 4-5 4, Jolliffe 1 0-2 2, Unruh 0 0-0 0, Seibel 0 0-0 0, Dewald 0 0-0 0. Totals 21-56 24-29 71.

Half: BHS 32, Minot 27. 3-point goals: VanDusen 2, Quist 2, Gerding 2, Frank 2, Schafer 2, Fitterer 2, Clairmont. Total fouls: Minot 24, BHS 13. Rebounds: Minot 31 (Mackey 7), BHS 38 (Werner 12). Assists: Minot 11 (Gerding 4), BHS 8 (Werner 3). Turnovers: Minot 9, BHS 9.