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Upset Special: Blue Jays sink No. 4 Mandan

BISMARCK -- The moment wasn't too big for Jamestown sophomore Boden Skunberg at the Bismarck Event Center Thursday night.

Skunberg drained the game-winning 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining to sink fourth-ranked Mandan 70-67 in the quarterfinals of the West Region tournament.

Sixth-seeded Jamestown will play seventh-seeded Bismarck St. Mary's Friday at 8:15 p.m.

"When he let it go I believed that was the best look we'd get at that moment in time," said Jamestown coach Jacoby Lloyd. "I trust Boden in late-game situations—he plays very well."

Easton Andresen missed the equalizer with a pullback 3-pointer as time expired so the Blue Jays could secure the victory.

Jamestown had come close to upsetting teams at home—like Minot, Century, Bismarck and Mandan in the final home game of the year. But this was the first big upset for the Blue Jays this season.

"This is not going to be our Super Bowl, we're still moving on," Lloyd said. "We're growing as a team."

Jamestown got out to a blazing start as it led Mandan by 15 points midway through the first half. Jared Kallenbach scored 10 points, John Horgan had six and Skunberg had four.

"Coach really stressed moving the ball around and we did that," Skunberg said. "We got good looks right away in the first half."

Mandan reduced the lead to 37-32 at the break after the Braves' offensive threats of Elijah Klein, Keaton Meschke and Keshawn LaFramboise got going late in the first half.

Jamestown got out to a 53-37 lead four minutes out of halftime after Horgan nailed three triples.

Mandan did not panic as the Braves slowly chipped away at the deficit and finally tied the game at 62-62—the closest they were since Jamestown led 3-2.

Trae Steckler tied the game two seperate times at 65 and 67 until Skunberg hit the game-winner.

Steckler and Elijah Klein tied for a team-high 16 points and Keshawn LaFramboise scored 14—including hitting multiple difficult shots.

"They're unbelievable," Lloyd said about the Mandan trio. "They are not only skilled but physical, they're athletic, aggressive and smart. Mandan is a talented team."

Kallenbach led with a game-high 18 points, John Horgan scored 15—including 5 of 10 from beyond the arc, Skunberg and Mason Walters combined for 27.

Jamestown will now turn its attention to St. Mary's, who the Blue Jays defeated 79-70 and 61-58 during the regular season.

Jamestown 70, Mandan 67

JAM 37 33 -- 70

MAN 32 35 -- 67

JAM—Jared Kallenbach 18, John Horgan 15, Boden Skunberg 14, Mason Walters 13, Dawson Douty 7, Ryder Lunzman 2, Noah Wegenast 1. Totals: 28-46 FG, 10-19 3-PT, 4-7 FT, 21 Rebounds, 15 Fouls, 13 Assists, 11 Turnovers.

MAN—Trae Steckler 16, Elijah Klein 16, KeShawn LaFromboise 14, Camron Steckler 8, Jaxton Wiest 6, Trey Wiest 5, Easton Miller 2. Totals: 26-50 FG, 4-11 3-PT, 11-16 FT, 25 Rebounds, 8 Assists, 10 Turnovers.

Records: JAM 11-11. MAN 18-4.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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