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Chris Aarhus / Forum News Service, Published March 07 2013

Mund sparks Milnor rally in ND Class B state boys basketball

MINOT, N.D. – Determined to at least replicate Milnor’s 2004 performance at the North Dakota Class B state boys basketball tournament, Wyatt Mund put the Bison on his back.

The 6-foot-4 junior forward scored 19 of his game-high 32 points in the second half, including the game-winning bucket with 9 seconds remaining, as Milnor rallied past Bismarck Shiloh Christian 60-56 in quarterfinal action Thursday at the Minot State Dome.

Milnor (20-6) takes on LaMoure-Litchville-Marion at 6:30 p.m. today in semifinal action, while Shiloh (17-8) drops into consolation play against Dickinson Trinity at 1 p.m.

Milnor took second to Dickinson Trinity in 2004, a game Mund recalls viewing with his friends in elementary school.

“I remember watching it back in second grade,” he said. “The whole team just loved it. We’ve practiced hard. This is what we love.”

Mund scored 17 of his team’s 21 points during one stretch in the second half. He finished 11 of 16 from the field, also posting 16 rebounds.

“Wyatt’s been that player for a couple years,” Milnor coach Ben Nelson said. “We’ve played great team basketball all year. Wyatt hasn’t been concerned about how many points he’s scoring. Today when the opportunities were there, he took advantage of it. That’s a credit to him.”

Tied at 56 with only 17 seconds to go, Mund took the ball coast to coast and scored the layup for the Bison’s first lead of the game. Junior standout Briton Bussman stole the inbounds pass with 3 seconds to go and made the layup to secure the victory.

“I knew we had to be aggressive,” Mund said. “We missed open shots in the first half and second half. I knew they were gonna go for us, and they did.”

Shiloh Christian led 56-52 with 2 minutes, 22 seconds to go, but failed to score the rest of the way. The Skyhawks watched Milnor rally thanks to baskets from junior Briton Bussman and Colin Yagow. Bussman finished with 17 points.

Shiloh was led by Donovan Lambert’s 18.

The win is the first for a Region 1 team since North Sargent took fourth in 2009. The last three Region 1 teams (Oak Grove twice, Central Cass) went into state undefeated, only to lose the first round.

“We take a lot of pride being from District 1,” Nelson said. “We’re happy to get this win for (the region). We’ve had a couple good teams come in and get ousted in the first round.”

BSC 23 36 43 56

M 15 26 42 60

BSC: Lambert 18, Bearstail 11, Yellow Wolf 9, Emmel 8, Hartman 7, Inman 3.

M: W. Mund 32, Bussman 17, L. Mund 5, Yagow 4, Martinson 2.

Aarhus writes for The Jamestown Sun