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Forum staff reports, Published February 19 2013

Enderlin, Maple Valley secure region tournament berths

FARGO – A 17-year-old streak came to an end on Tuesday at the Fargo Civic Center during the North Dakota Class B, District 2 boys basketball tournament.

The 17-year drought of not making the Region 1 tournament has ended for Enderlin. The Eagles defeated Richland 62-53 during a Region 1 qualifying game thanks in large part to a surge in the second half.

“It is just a big step,” Enderlin 6-foot-3 senior Coltin Huss said of the win. “We have been working hard all season to get to this point. We tried to get that win against Oak Grove, but we couldn’t do it. A win is a win here, and we are hoping to get some win next week.”

The last time Enderlin made the Region 1 tournament was 1996, when it won and went to state.

The Eagles (14-8) will be the No. 4 seed from District 2 at next week’s Region 1 tournament set to begin on Monday at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Enderlin plays District 1 top-seeded Milnor.

Enderlin and Richland entered halftime tied 26-26, but the Eagles went on an 11-0 run in the third quarter to pull away. The run was capped by a field goal from senior Thomas Lindgren, which also marked the 1,000th point of his career.

Lindgren’s bucket came with 1 minute, 50 seconds left in the third quarter and gave Enderlin a 43-32 lead.

“It was a big thing for us to come here and get this win,” Enderlin first-year head coach Calvin Kraft said. “We played our hearts out against Oak Grove on Saturday night and we didn’t want to have a letdown. We picked their zone apart toward the end of the game and gutted it out.”

Huss led all scorers with 25 points, shooting 9 of 11 from the field and finishing with nine rebounds.

Richland junior Kayne Griffith scored 20 points to lead the Colts, who finish the season 10-11.

R 5 26 39 53

E 10 26 47 62

RICHLAND (10-11): Dufner 2 0-0 4, Bolme 0 3-4 3, Griffith 7 5-6 20, Haverland 1 0-0 3, Meyers 1 1-2 3, Hage 3 1-2 10, Paczowski 4 2-4 10. Totals: 18 12-18 53.

ENDERLIN (14-8): Huus 9 7-11 25, D. Lindgren 5 3-4 13, T. Lindgren 5 5-6 15, Luther 1 0-0 2, Kittelson 1 0-0 2, Hurlburt 1 0-0 3, Dixon 1 0-0 2. Totals: 23 15-21 62.

Halftime: E 26, R 26. 3-pointers: Griffith, Haverland, Hage, Hurlburt. Total fouls: R 17, E 13. Rebounds: R 15 (Griffith 5), E 29 (Huss 9). Turnovers: R 7, E 12. Steals: R 8 (Griffth 4), E 5 (Huus, D. Lindgren 2). Assists: R 8 (Griffith 4), E 8 (D. Lindgren 3).

Maple Valley 63, Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 41

Maple Valley made it five straight on Tuesday at the Fargo Civic Center.

The Raiders defeated Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 63-41 to seal their fifth consecutive trip to the Region 1 tournament. The Raiders will be the No. 3 seed from District 2 and will play District 1 No. 2 seed Lidgerwood-Wyndmere.

Maple Valley (17-4) held off a threat from the Spartans early in the second half, recovering to outscore F-S-H-P 23-15 in the third quarter. The Raiders kept the pressure on in the fourth, starting the fourth quarter with a 9-2 run.

“We talked at halftime about being the aggressor and being the attacker,” Maple Valley head coach Jay Kocka said. “I thought we did that a lot better in the third and fourth quarters.”

Maple Valley junior center James Richman scored a game-high 19 points with 14 rebounds. Junior Brady Behm added 17 points for the Raiders and senior Jordan Haseleu posted 11 points and nine assists. Behm was a perfect 7 of 7 from the floor and only missed 1 of 2 free throws in the game.

Maple Valley led 27-21 at halftime.

Lucas Montag scored a team-high 16 points for the F-S-H-P, who ends the season 7-15.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game the whole way,” F-S-H-P head coach Rob Ressler said. “They have a couple kids like Jordan Haseleu and Brady Behm that can shoot the ball. I thought defensively we did a really good job in the first half. … They got some things figured out offensively and pulled away.”

F-S-H-P’s Matt Thorson – a senior with Down syndrome – attempted a 3-pointer with seconds remaining in regulation. Thorson missed, but ends his prep career with three total points after hitting a 3-pointer in a game against Fargo Oak Grove on Feb. 1.

FSHP 14 21 36 41

MV 17 27 50 63

F-S-H-P (7-15): Erickson 1 0-0 2, C. Montag 1 0-4 2, L. Montag 5 6-10 16, Archer 6 2-2 14, Bring 3 1-2 7. Totals: 16 9-18 41.

MAPLE VALLEY (17-4): Preston 1 1-1 3, C. Richman 3 1-4 7, McGough 2 0-0 4, Behm 7 1-2 17, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Haseleu 4 2-2 11, J. Richman 7 5-8 19. Totals: 25 10-17 63.

Halftime: MV 27, FSHP 21. 3-pointers: Haseleu, Behm 2. Total fouls: FSHP 15, MV 13. Rebounds: FSHP 25 (Archer 6), MV 32 (J. Richman 14). Turnovers: FSHP 14, MV 9. Steals: FSHP 5, MV 9 (J. Richman, Behm 3). Assists: FSHP 8 (Bring 3), MV 15 (Haseleu 9).


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