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Tom Mix, Published March 12 2014

ND Class A state boys basketball tournament capsules

NORTH DAKOTA CLASS A BOYS BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT

QUARTERFINALS

AT MINOT STATE DOME

2 p.m. – Fargo Shanley vs. Bismarck Century

Bismarck Century Patriots

Head coach: Darin Mattern

Record: 21-1 (West Region No. 1 seed, Western Dakota Association regular-season champions)

Key Players

G: Tyler Rudolph, 6-6, Sr. (17.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg)

G: Robert Hutchins, 6-0, Sr. (12.8 ppg, 2.4 apg)

G: Alex Quist, 5-11, Sr. (7 ppg, 2.2 apg)

F: Ramey Schatz, 6-1, Sr. (7.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg)

G: Dalton Feeney, 6-3, Soph. (6.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg)

F: Ben Holen, 6-2, Sr. (7.1 ppg, 3 rpg)

Facts and stats

The No. 1-ranked Patriots are shooting 48 percent from the field as a team. … Century has outrebounded its opponents 654-474 this season. … Century is making its 21st state tournament appearance and has won two Class A titles (1984, 2011). … Century is allowing 48.9 ppg – the lowest average in Class A.

Fargo Shanley Deacons

Head coach: Shane Alderman

Record: 9-13 (East Region No. 4 seed)

Key Players

G: Patrick Strom, 6-2, Sr. (27.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg)

F: Chase Montplaisir, 6-2, Sr. (5.5 ppg, 3 rpg)

F: Garang Garang, 6-5, Jr. (5.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

G: Spencer Jacobson, 6-0, Jr. (11.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg)

G: Tre Fort, 5-8, Jr. (5.2 ppg, 2 rpg)

G: Brandon Schott, 5-11, Sr. (5.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg)

Facts and stats

Shanley – the defending state champion – is making its 28th state tournament appearance. … Strom, a St. John’s (Minn.) basketball recruit, has scored 1,836 points in his career, which puts him fourth on the unofficial Class A career scoring list. … The Deacons are averaging 75.1 ppg – third-best in Class A. … Shanley has won three state championships (1997, 1998, 2013).

4 p.m. – Wahpeton vs. Bismarck St. Mary’s

Wahpeton Huskies

Head coach: Jeff Ralph

Record: 17-5 (East Region No. 2 seed)

Key Players

G: Carson Zarak, 6-0, Soph. (8 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

F: Jack Christensen, 6-2, Sr. (15 ppg, 8.1 rpg)

G: Thomas Nelson, 6-2, Jr. (6.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

F: Blaze Irwin, 6-5, Jr. (18.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

C: Derek Meyer, 6-5. Sr. (6 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

C: Michael Dassenko, 6-4, Sr. (3.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

Facts and stats

Wahpeton is making its 42nd state tournament appearance. … The No. 4-ranked Huskies have won 12 of their last 13 games and are averaging 66.7 ppg. … Wahpeton has won four Class A state titles with the last championship coming in 1979. … The Huskies average 34.5 rpg and have outrebounded their opponents 759-557 this season.

Bismarck St. Mary’s Saints

Head coach: Brent De Kok

Record: 18-4 (West Region No. 3 seed)

Key Players

G: Ben Weisbeck, 6-1, Sr. (21.6 ppg, 7 rpg)

G: Darius Sparks, 6-1, Sr. (18 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

G: Brian Obritsch, 6-1, Sr. (4.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

C: Daniel Neff, 6-5, Sr. (6.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

C: Scott Nagel, 6-3, Sr. (9.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg)

G: Ross Kopp, 5-10, Sr. (5.5 ppg, 3.8 apg)

Facts and stats

Bismarck St. Mary’s is making its 25th state tournament appearance … The No. 3-ranked Saints opened the season on an eight-game winning streak. … St. Mary’s has won seven of its last eight games. … The Saints are averaging 75.2 ppg. … St. Mary’s has won three state championships (2004, 1972, 1951). … Weisbeck is a returning first-team all-state selection. … Sparks was a second-team selection a year ago.

6 p.m. – Fargo Davies vs. Minot

Fargo Davies Eagles

Head coach: Bart Manson

Record: 20-2 (East Region No. 1 seed, Eastern Dakota Conference regular season champions)

Key Players

G: Tanner Kretchman, 5-11, Sr. (28.7 ppg, 4.9 apg)

G: Andrew Kozlowski, 6-2, Sr. (19.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg)

G: Collin Larson, 5-11, Jr. (8.6 ppg, 41% 3-pointers)

G: Dylan Berg, 5-11, Sr. (4 ppg, 5 rpg)

F: Grant Geffre, 6-5, Sr. (5.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg)

G: Austin Schultz, 6-0, Jr., (6.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

Facts and stats

The No. 2-ranked Eagles are on a 12-game winning streak – the longest active streak in the state. … The Eagles’ last loss was on Jan. 24 to West Fargo. … Davies is making its second state tournament appearance. … Kretchman has 1,827 career points. … Kozlowski has 1,574 career points … Davies averages 84.6 ppg – the highest average in Class A. … Davies has eclipsed 100 points five times this season.

Minot Magicians

Head coach: Dean Winczewski

Record: 16-6 (West Region No. 4 seed)

Key Players

F: Noah Bosh, 6-4, Sr. (12.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

G: Nick Soltis, 6-1, Jr. (5.23 ppg, 1.7 rpg)

G: Dakota Halvorson, 5-8, Jr. (13.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

C: Braydon Lund, 6-4, Soph. (10.1 ppg, 7 rpg)

C: Kolton Larson, 6-2, Sr. (7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

F: Colter Hustad, 6-5, Sr. (11.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

Facts and stats

The Magicians are making their state record 73rd state tournament appearance. … Minot has 15 state championships – the last coming in 1999. … Minot is averaging 69.6 ppg and allowing opponents 63.2 ppg. … The Magicians are shooting 44.4 percent from the field this season. … The Magicians lone loss in Minot this season was a 61-43 setback to Bismarck Century on Jan. 17.

8 p.m. – Fargo South vs. Bismarck

Bismarck Demons

Head coach: Steve Miller

Record: 16-6 (West Region No. 2 seed)

Key Players

F: Taylor Shafer, 6-1, Sr. (19.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg)

G: James Iron Eyes, 5-9, Sr. (9.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

C: Dylan Werner, 6-3, Sr. (6.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

C: Stanley Jones, 6-4, Sr. (3.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

C: Jon Tharaldson, 6-1, Jr. (5.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

Facts and stats

The Demons have qualified for the last 21 state tournaments and are making their 66th overall appearance. … Bismarck averages 65.1 ppg and allows its opponents 54.7 ppg – the third-fewest in Class A. … Bismarck is the only team in the tournament field to have defeated West Region top seed Bismarck Century (67-57 on Feb. 28). … The Demons had an eight-game winning streak snapped by the Patriots in the West Region championship game.

Fargo South Bruins

Head coach: Mike Hendrickson

Record: 14-8 (East Region No. 3 seed)

Key Players

G: Colton Lloyd, 5-10, Sr. (21 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

G: Dontae Gardner, 6-2, Sr. (12.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

F: Zach Kellen, 6-5, Sr. (7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg)

G: Noah Poss, 6-1, Sr. (13.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

C: Drew Fahrman, 6-4, Sr. (8 ppg, 7.5 rpg)

Facts and stats

Fargo South is making its 20th state tournament appearance and first since 2011. … The Bruins have won two Class A state titles (1986, 1989). … South is the only team in the tournament field to have defeated East Region top seed Fargo Davies this season (79-68 OT on Jan. 11). … South is averaging 68.2 ppg and is allowing 63 ppg … The Bruins had its season-long four-game winning streak snapped by Davies in the semifinals of the East Region tournament.