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Michael Weber / Bismarck Tribune, Published July 24 2012

Fraase powers Class A boys at Lions All-Star game

BISMARCK – Tom Fraase was for the most part quiet in the first half of the Lions All-Star boys basketball game on Tuesday night.

However, the Bismarck Century graduate and Concordia basketball commit made lots of noise in the second half. So did the rest of the Class A all-stars, for that matter.

Fraase, a 6-foot-3 guard-forward, scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the final 20 minutes – 10 in a pivotal 21-7 run – as Class A rolled to a 105-72 victory over the Class B all-stars at the Bismarck Civic Center.

Fraase came to life after Class B rallied from a 19-point deficit and closed within four, 49-45, with 17 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the second half. He started a 21-7 run with back-to-back baskets and later finished it off with a 3-pointer with 10:35 left. Along the way he netted a 3-pointer with 12:30 left, giving Class A a 64-52 advantage.

“I had some good shots in the first half that just weren’t falling for me, but I stayed confident,” Fraase said. “My confidence grew after I got a couple to go in. My teammates did a great job getting me the ball for good looks. It was a team effort.”

Class A cruised from there, opening up an 85-61 advantage after Class B got within 72-57. Fraase had a three-point play in that 13-4 run.

“Things really clicked for us after halftime,” Fraase said. “I like the team chemistry we have. We’ve only been together a short time, but we had some great practices. These are all-stars who are very competitive and want to win. We went after it tonight.”

Five other Class A players scored in double figures: Andre Maund of Mandan 15, Landon Poss of Fargo South 14, Mack Arvidson of Grand Forks Red River 13, Sean Norton of Grand Forks Central 12, and Jeremy Bontjes of Wahpeton 10.

Half: Class A 44, Class B 35.

CLASS A: Bontjes 10, Fischer 2, Maund 15, Coyle 8, Poss 14, Norton 12, Arvidson 13, Nicklaus 6, Fraase 16, Werner 9.

CLASS B: Dwyer 1, Langstaff 16, Duppong 6, Luger 1, Purintun 4, Yale 18, McCloud 14, Mosbrucker 6, Paulson 4, Thielges 2.