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Tom Mix, Published February 17 2014

Kindred tops No. 2 Oak Grove in District 2 boys basketball championship game

FARGO – Kindred got off to a hot start Monday, but it needed to survive a wild finish in order to come away with a victory.

The Vikings defeated North Dakota Class B, No. 2-ranked Fargo Oak Grove 73-72 during the championship game of the District 2 boys basketball tournament at the Fargo Civic Center.

It was the Vikings’ first District 2 championship since 2007.

Kindred jumped out to a

25-14 lead after the first quarter and led most of the game. The Vikings held off several Oak Grove rallies in the second half and were up 71-61 with just over a minute left.

On the surface it appeared to be a comfortable lead, but Oak Grove scored eight points in 28 seconds to pull within two points of the Vikings with 43 seconds to play.

“It was definitely intense,” said Kindred senior Eric Bachmeier, who got a layup to fall with 12 seconds left to make it 73-69 Vikings. “There were ups and down, and it went back and forth with scores there at the end. We just wanted to keep our composure and I think we did that.”

Oak Grove junior guard Christian Adams responded with a 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining and when Kindred failed to cleanly inbound the ball on its next possession, the top-seeded Grovers had one last shot for the win.

With 1.7 seconds left, Oak Grove senior Nick Card attempted a 15-foot jumper that was off target.

“They got off to such a great start and hit a lot of good shots at the beginning,” Oak Grove head coach Kyle Card said. “It was just too big of a deficit for us to come back from, but I have to give my guys credit coming back from a 10-point deficit with a minute left.”

Kindred (15-7) enters next Monday’s Region 1 tournament as the No. 1 seed from District 2 and plays District 1, No.4-seed Oakes at 6 p.m. at the Fargo Civic Center. Oak Grove (20-2) earns the No. 2 seed from District 2 and meets District 1, No. 3 seed Lidgerwood-Wyndmere at 4:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

“We gave it 110 percent,” said Kindred junior Fletcher Andel. “We are going to tired tomorrow. That is for sure. It was a tiring, tough game. (Oak Grove) got us in our home gym earlier this year and we wanted to come back for some revenge. Our goal this tournament was to knock them off.”

Andel and Bachmeier each scored 23 points for the Vikings.

Card led the Grovers (20-2) with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

K 25 39 57 73

OG 14 32 53 72

KINDRED (15-7): Olien 3 1-2 8, Holland 1 0-0 2, Bachmeier 9 3-3 23, Moffet 2 1-1 5, Lingren 5 2-2 12, Andel 8 3-3 23. Totals: 28 10-11 73.

OAK GROVE (20-2): Kretchman 8 0-0 19, Dangerfield 2 0-1 4, Card 11 1-3 23, Adams 4 1-4 11, Promersberger 3 1-2 7, Olson 3 0-0 8. Totals: 31 3-10 72.

3-pointers: Olien, Bachmeier 2, Andel 4, Kretchman 3, Adams 2, Olson 2. Total fouls: K 13, OG 13. Rebounds: K 41 (Lingren 12), OG 29 (Card 12). Turnovers: K 13, OG 16.

All-District 2 team

Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page: Lucas Montag

Central Cass: Adam Breske

Richland: Matthew Workin

Northern Cass: Cody Springer

Maple Valley: James Richman, Brady Behm

Enderlin: Daniel Lindgren, Graham Hurlburt, Jared Kittelson

Kindred: Eric Bachmeier, Fletcher Andel, Josh Lingen

Oak Grove: Christian Adams, Carter Kretchman, Nick Card

Senior Athlete of the Year: Eric Bachmeier, Kindred

Coach of the Year: Kyle Card, Oak Grove

Athletic Director of the Year: Tom Milbrandt, Maple Valley

Central Cass 69,

Northern Cass 66

Central Cass overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half and hung on for a 69-66 win over Northern Cass during a region qualifying game.

The Squirrels – the seventh seed of District 2 – trimmed the Jaguars’ lead to 48-41 heading into the fourth quarter and made their move.

Central Cass (14-8) outscored Northern Cass (15-7) 28-18 in the final eight minutes. The Squirrels were 27 of 35 from the free-throw line in the game, and were 15-for-18 in the fourth quarter alone.

Junior Adam Breske scored 14 of his 20 points from the line and was one of three Squirrels to score in double figures.

Breske connected for a 3-pointer with 3:23 left to give Central Cass a 58-56 lead – its first of the second half.

The Squirrels enter the Region 1 tournament as the fourth seed from District 2 and will play District 1, No. 1-seeded Milnor at 3 p.m. next Monday in the quarterfinals.

N. Cass 14 31 48 66

Central Cass 18 29 41 69

NORTHERN CASS (15-7): Kyllo 5 0-0 12, Co. Springer 6 7-10 20, Ca. Springer 3 2-3 8, Goodman 3 2-2 9, Dickson 2 0-0 4, Ward 5 0-0 13. Totals: 24 11-15 66.

CENTRAL CASS (14-8): Breske 3 14-19 20, Bresnahan 5 5-6 16, Nelson 2 3-4 7, Voss 7 4-4 21, Rieniets 2 1-2 5. Totals: 19 27-35 69.

3-pointers: Kyllo 2, Co. Springer, Goodman, Ward 3, Bresnahan Voss 3. Total fouls: NC 24, CC 14. Fouled out: Goodman, Ward. Rebounds: NC 25 (Ca. Springer 8), CC 23 (Rieniets 7). Turnovers: NC 3, CC 6.

Enderlin 54,

Maple Valley 51

Daniel Lindgren split a pair of free throws with 5.2 seconds helping Enderlin to a 54-51 win over Maple Valley during a region qualifying game.

Maple Valley’s Brady Behm attempted a half-court shot at the buzzer, but it was off target.

The Eagles (15-7) trailed 41-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

Senior Austin Dixon scored six of his eight points in the final eight minutes of the game to lead the Enderlin comeback. Dixon connected for a layup with 1:25 left to give Enderlin a 49-48 advantage. The basket also marked the first time the Eagles led in the second half.

Lindgren led all scorers with 19 points. Enderlin advances to the Region 1 tournament as the No. 3 seed from District 2 and plays Sargent Central – the No. 2 seed from District 1 – at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals next Monday.

Behm finished with 17 points for the Raiders (9-13).

Maple Valley 12 25 41 51

Enderlin 9 26 34 54

ENDERLIN (15-7): Hurlburt 3 5-6 12, Lindgren 5 8-11 19, Dixon 4 0-0 8, Kittelson 3 3-6 9, Bartholomay 2 0-0 5, Gillund 0 1-2 1. Totals: 17 17-25 54.

MAPLE VALLEY (9-13): D. McGough 2 2-2 8, Behm 5 7-10 17, C. Richman 3 2-5 8, Johnson 3 3-5 9, Nudell 2 0-2 4, Combs 1 0-0 3, Steele 0 2-4 2. Totals: 16 16-28 51.

3-pointers: D. McGough 2, Combs, Hurlburt, Lindgren, Bartholomay. Total fouls: MV 16, E 22. Fouled out: Kittelson. Rebounds: MV 25 (Behm 7), E 30 (Hurlburt 11). Turnovers: MV 11, E 11.


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