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Tom Mix, Published July 25 2012

Class A boys sweep Lions All-Star basketball series

FARGO – Jason Horner has seen that look before in Devin Coyle on a basketball court.

It is a look that is confident and it is a look that usually means field goals are coming.

Horner, who has coached the standout Coyle at Mandan the last four years saw that look on Wednesday and he knew it meant giving him a chance to open up the offense a little.

Coyle connected for three key 3-pointers during the second half of the Class A all-stars’ 87-83 victory over the Class B all-stars during the 36th annual North Dakota Lions All-Star boys basketball series at the Fargo Civic Center.

Coyle’s shooting display highlighted a 17-4 run by Class A. His final 3-pointer came in transition and was one that Horner gave the go-ahead.

“That was the first time I have ever told (Devin), like the (3-pointer) he hit in transition, that was the first time I told him in four years he had the green light,” Horner said. “He took advantage of it and made it. I’m a little more of a conservative coach, but he had the hot hand and I have seen him play enough that I know that when he hits a couple he is probably going to hit a third. He hits them in bunches.”

Coyle, who is committed to play football at the University of North Dakota, finished with a game-high 21 points.

“That’s how shooters feel,” said Coyle, who finished 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. “Soon as you hit that first one the others go in a little easier. I was in a rhythm there and it felt good.”

Class B stormed back late in the second half pulling within two points of the A all-stars with 49 second left in regulation after Justin McCloud made two free throws.

Coyle missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession giving Class B a chance to tie or go for the win.

Berthold’s Daniel Yale missed a 3-pointer that would have given Class B the lead in the final seconds.

“We had a transition situation that we liked, but we just didn’t get anything out of it,” Class B coach Jeremy Brandt said. “It was nice that we bounced back and played better tonight.

“We defended better tonight and other than that little run where Coyle hit some shots, if that doesn’t happen I like our chances, but he got on a roll.”

Class A defeated Class B 105-72 on Tuesday in Bismarck.

Linton’s Tanner Purintun paced Class B with 16 points and Yale added 12.

“We expected them to come out strong,” Coyle said. “It’s never two blowouts in a row and that first (game) they weren’t hitting their shots and we were. They came out strong tonight and played a good game and so did we.”

The Bismarck Century duo of Andre Maund and Tom Fraase scored 12 points each.

Danny Fisher of Jamestown added eight points for Class A. Fargo South’s Landon Poss scored 7 points.

The Class A boys lead the all-time Lions All-Star series 44-21.

CLASS A: Bontjes 0 4-4 4, Fischer 3 2-3 8, Maund 3 4-5 12, Coyle 7 2-4 21, Poss 3 0-0 7, Norton 2 1-2 6, Arvidson 2 0-0 4, Nicklaus 2 0-1 4, Fraase 4 2-2 12, Jordahl 2 0-0 4, Werner 1 3-6 5. Totals 29-64 18-27 87.

CLASS B: Dwyer 3 0-0 7, Langstaff 4 2-3 10, Duppong 2 3-4 7, Purintun 7 1-1 16, Yale 5 1-2 16, McCloud 1 2-2 4, Mosbrucker 3 2-2 8, Zimmerman 3 0-0 7, Paulson 3 1-2 8, Reed 2 0-0 4.

Halftime: Class A 41, Class B 41

3-pointers: Dwyer, Purintun, Yale, Zimmerman, Paulson, Maund 2, Coyle 5, Poss, Norton, Fraase 2. Total fouls: Class A 12, Class B 15. Rebounds: Class A 40 (Nicklaus 10), Class B 37 (McCloud 8).

Assists: Class A 12 (Nicklaus, Fraase 3), Class B 10 (Dwyer 3).

Turnovers: Class A 6, Class B 6.

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