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Eric Peterson, Published February 24 2014

Oakes stuns Kindred in Region boys BB quarterfinals

FARGO – Brody Bartholomew had an inkling his last-second shot would settle into the basket Monday night at the Fargo Civic Center. The Oakes sophomore’s intuition was correct.

Bartholomew made a 17-foot jump shot with nine seconds remaining to lift his team to a dramatic 61-60 upset victory against Kindred in the first round of the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 boys basketball tournament.

“I found the open spot on the floor,” said Bartholomew, who finished with 13 points and five rebounds. “I just chucked it up there and hoped for the best.”

The game-winning shot caught the front of the rim before settling into the net.

“That’s my favorite shot to take so I had a lot of confidence taking the shot,” Bartholomew said. “I was pretty confident it was going in.”

Kindred (15-8) had its six-game winning streak snapped after winning the District 2 tournament last week.

“It’s too bad for the kids,” Kindred head coach Brad Woehl said. “I’m proud of their efforts this year. Nobody expected us to win a district championship and we did. We talked all week about not being satisfied. It wasn’t meant to be.”

The Vikings had a chance for the win in the closing seconds. Kindred senior Eric Bachmeier, the team’s leading scorer, had a 15-foot jumper rim out with a few seconds remaining. Bartholomew secured the rebound moments before the final buzzer sounded.

“I was a little nervous because he (Bachmeier) had a head full of steam there on the sideline,” Oakes head coach Brandon Bata said of the final sequence. “He took a tough shot with hands up. I’ve seen him hit that shot … it just happens for us that he missed it this time.”

The No. 4 seed from District 1, Oakes (11-12) lost its first seven games this season. The Tornadoes have won three of their past four games to advance to tonight’s region semifinals.

“We’ve been tested all season,” Bata said. “From that 0-7 start we know that you have to finish games. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”

Kindred took a 47-40 lead into the final quarter after Bachmeier sank two foul shots with 1 second to play in the third quarter. That set the stage for a roller-coaster fourth quarter. Oakes forced five Kindred turnovers in the first 90 seconds of the fourth to spark a 19-3 run. Tornadoes junior Bryce Meehl had nine points during that game-changing surge. The 6-foot-1 Meehl scored a basket in the middle of the lane to give Oakes a 59-50 lead with 3:09 remaining.

“They put some pressure on us and we didn’t do a very good job of executing,” said Woehl, whose team had eight turnovers in the fourth quarter. “Give them credit for doing a good job of executing. We did not execute.”

Kindred recovered from its slow start in the fourth quarter with 10 consecutive points during one stretch. Bachmeier helped spark that run with a 3-point play. The Vikings took a 60-59 lead after junior Austin Olien scored a layup with 1:07 to play. Kindred, however, was unable to protect that one-point lead as Bartholomew hit the game-winner about a minute later.

“We just got our heads back together and came back together as a team,” Bartholomew said.

“We didn’t lose our cool,” Bata said of Oakes losing its nine-point lead in the final three minutes. “We had time on the clock and we took a shot that was open and just happened to hit it.”

Oakes 11 24 40 61

Kindred 12 28 47 60

OAKES (11-12): C. Zetocha 2 1-2 5, E. Zetocha 2 0-0 4, Meehl 6 3-5 15, Bartholomew 5 1-2 13, Quandt 5 1-2 11, Meier 3 1-2 7, Tyre 1 0-0 3, Belyayev 1 0-0 3, Scheuring 0 0-0 0, Kuipers 0 0-0 0. Totals 25 7-13 61.

KINDRED (15-8): Olien 5 0-0 10, Bachmeier 4 11-13 20, Lingen 2 5-10 9, Moffet 4 1-3 9, Andel 5 0-0 10, Staton 1 0-0 2, Holland 0 0-0 0, Tallakson 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 17-26 60.

3-point goals: Bartholomew 2, Tyre, Belyayev, Bachmeier. Total fouls: OHS 21, KHS 14. Fouled out: Tyre. Rebounds: OHS 26 (Bartholomew 5), KHS 38 (Lingen 15). Turnovers: OHS 9, KHS 18.

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