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Jays fall in West Region title game

Jamestown's Mason Walters looks to the basket thru the arms of Century's Stevie Kraljic Saturday during the WDA championship game at the Bismarck Events Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Jamestown's Boden Skunberg move the ball into play Saturday during the WDA championship game at the Bismarck Events Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

BISMARCK—The Bismarck Century boys basketball team used every inch of the key Saturday night at the Bismarck Event Center.

The Patriots scored 27 baskets inside the 3-point arc, lifting Century to the West Region title in a 71-29 victory over Jamestown.

The Patriots (21-2) earned the West Region's No. 1 seed for the upcoming state tournament, while Jamestown (11-12) will get the second seed.

"We felt coming in we just wanted to make it difficult on every possession," said Century coach Darin Mattern. "That's been our mission all season and we've taken a lot of pride defensively in our program."

The Blue Jays will face West Fargo High School inside the Scheels Center in Fargo on March 8 at 8 p.m.

"We get another week," said Blue Jay coach Jacoby Lloyd. "There's a lot of teams in the WDA that don't and would like to be getting another week."

Century keyed-in on Boden Skunberg throughout the entire contest. The sophomore was held to two points after averaging 24 over the first two games.

"They face-guarded Boden," Lloyd said. "He had 35 points yesterday and we didn't make a very good adjustment during the game."

Century gradually increased its lead in the first half. Kade Lynch tipped in a shot at the buzzer to give the Patriots a 36-22 lead at the break.

The contest began to get out of hand as Century outscored Jamestown 35-7 during the final 18 minutes.

"We couldn't box anybody out," Lloyd said, referring to Century's 18 offensive rebounds in the game. "That's all attitude and effort, and we'll clean that up this week."

Josh Sipes led with a game-high 24 points, with 10 baskets scored inside. Kade Amundson scored 15 and Treyton Mattern contributed 11.

Mason Walters scored 12 points in the first half to keep the Blue Jays in the contest but was held scoreless during the final 18 minutes. The rest of Jamestown combined for 17 points from six different players.

Now the Blue Jays will turn its attention to the Packers (21-3) on Thursday.

"They're a long, athletic team," Lloyd said. "They have the leading scorer in the East Region. They're a good team."

Century 71, Jamestown 29

JAM 22 7 -- 29

CEN 36 35 -- 71

JAM—Mason Walters 12, John Horgan 7, Dawson Douty 4, Ryder Lunzman 2, Boden Skunberg 2, Bryan Mosolf 1, Carson Lamp 1. Totals: 10-42 FG, 0-5 3-PT, 9-15 FT, 28 Rebounds, 16 Turnovers.

CEN—Josh Sipes 24, Kade Amundson 15, Treyton Mattern 11, Kade Lynch 9, Mason Peterson 2, Edward Jones 2, Stevie Kraljic 2, Cade Feeney 2, Devyn Vance 2, Oakley Martin 2. Totals: 31-67 FG, 4-19 3-PT, 5-10 FT, 46 Rebounds.

Records: JAM 11-12. CEN 21-2.

Mitchell Johnson

Hometown: Enumclaw, WA; College: Central Washington University

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