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Michael Webber / Bismarck Tribune, Published July 24 2013

Class A boys avoid sweep

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Class A boys all-stars came out Wednesday night determined to gain a split in this year’s Lions All-Star basketball series. And gain a split they did.

Fargo Shanley’s A.J. Jacobson tossed in a game-high 22 points, and Devils Lake’s Nathan Mertens and Mandan’s Erron Collins added 14 and 12, respectively, as Class A held off Class B 82-77 at the Bismarck Civic Center.

Class A dropped an 84-80 decision on Tuesday night in Fargo, and Collins said the goal Wednesday was to deny Class B its first series sweep since 2001.

“We did not want to get swept. They’re a great team and all, but we did not want to get swept,” said Collins, who also had six rebounds and three assists. “We wanted to come out, play hard, have some fun and finish this off with a win. We had a great team effort tonight.”

Minot’s Kyle Gerding drained a 3-pointer to put Class A ahead 66-65. Later, a Hagler 3-pointer with 4:13 to play evened the score at 70, but Jacobson scored five points in an ensuing 7-2 Class A run that made it 77-72 with 2:06 remaining.

A 3-pointer by Wyndmere-Lidgerwood’s Jeff Illies pulled Class B within two, 79-77, with 59 seconds to play, but Class B went scoreless from there, going 0-for-4 from the floor.

Class A now holds a 45-22 advantage in the series.

CLASS A (82): Caleb Albertson 0-4 1-2 1, Erron Collins 4-9 2-4 12, Paxton Lloyd 1-4 0-0 3, Nathan Mertens 4-7 6-10 14, Troy Hausauer 4-7 0-0 9, Mack Kroeplin 1-6 0-1 2, Jordan Kreig 2-6 0-0 4, Kyle Gerding 1-4 0-03, Brandon Van Dusen 2-5 0-0 5, Derek Hogenson 2-5 1-2 5, A.J. Jacobson 8-11 6-6 22, Chase Carpenter 1-1 0-0 2. Totals: 30-69 16-25 82.

CLASS B (77): Jared Meiklejohn 2-4 0-0 5, Jacob Hagler 5-13 4-4 17, Jordan Haseleu 2-4 2-3 6, Tyler Christianson 1-3 0-0 2, Daniel Grande 1-5 2-2 5, Austin Longie 1-4 0-0 3, Houston Lavachek 3-11 2-2 8, Jeff Illies 5-11 2-2 13, Jacob Volk 3-9 1-3 8, Trevor Zacher 2-8 4-5 8, Jade Bentz 0-2 0-0 0, Tyler Bates 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 26-77 17-21 77.

Halftime: Class A 43, Class B 32.

3-pointers: A 6 (Collins 2, Lloyd, Hausauer, Gerding, Van Dusen), B 8 (Hagler 3, Meiklejohn, Grande, Longie, Illies, Volk). Rebounds: A 54 (Jacobson 9), B 43 (Haseleu 6). Assists: A 8 (Collins 3), B 15 (Haseleu 4, Christianson 4). Steals: A 2 (Collins 1, Lloyd 1), B 3 (Grande 1, Illies 1, Volk 1). Turnovers: A 14, B 10. Fouls: A 17, B 19. Fouled out: None.