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Carrington holds off Lions

Bryce Edland and the Carrington Cardinals had to hold sixth-ranked Linton-HMB scoreless for 12.5 seconds on Tuesday night at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Carrington's Bryce Edland tries to pass out of a double team by Cole Vanderlaan (left) and Lance Weiser of Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock during Tuesday's Region 3 tournament semifinal game at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Carrington's Bryce Edland tries to pass out of a double team by Cole Vanderlaan (left) and Lance Weiser of Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock during Tuesday's Region 3 tournament semifinal game at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun

Bryce Edland and the Carrington Cardinals had to hold sixth-ranked Linton-HMB scoreless for 12.5 seconds on Tuesday night at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Finding out what legendary Linton coach Dan Carr would pull out of his bag of tricks had to feel like an eternity.

But the Cardinals didn't buckle under the pressure. A bank shot by the Lions' Jared Baumiller from the right block rimmed in and out, Carrington's Trey Rosenau grabbed the rebound, and the Cardinals defeated the Lions 53-52 in the Region 3 tournament semifinals.

Carrington faces Ellendale in the championship game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

"I got my first region win last night," Edland said. "It feels amazing to get more."

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Edland, the Cards' 6-foot-3 senior center, scored the game's final bucket in the paint with less than 13 seconds left of a back-and-forth final period. It was just his second field goal of the second half after his 11 points in the first two quarters had Carrington leading 24-23 at halftime.

"I have confidence in my teammates. Even when I'm down they can carry me through everything," Edland said. "They set me up great, and I had faith we could hold (Linton-HMB) to zero for 13 seconds."

Baumiller, one of the Lions' three seniors, drove to the bucket on Linton-HMB's first attempt to get back into the lead. But the ball was knocked out of bounds by the Cardinals with 5.6 seconds remaining.

Following a timeout, sophomore Cole Baumiller inbounded the ball to older brother Jared from the baseline. Jared Baumiller's shot was all but in when it jarred free of the hoop.

"We knew they were going to draw something up, and I honestly asked the guys," Carrington's first-year basketball coach Tim Ranum said. "I said, 'What do you guys think? They're going to take it to us. Can we get one more stop?'

"The kids looked at me in the eye and said they got it."

Rosenau's sixth rebound of the game was a biggie. He was quickly fouled, and Carrington inbounded the ball with less than a second left to win the game.

"It always comes down to a play or two when you're in a game like this," coach Carr said. "We played a quality team. Their kids shot really well, I thought, and executed well.

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"It was a great game for the spectators I suppose, but we'd have liked to come out on top."

The lead changed hands eight times in the second half, and the score was tied at 36-all to start the final period. Carrington's Garrett Bickett hit three 3-pointers in the second half and finished with a game-high 24 points.

Edland finished with 16 points and eight rebounds. The Cards forced Linton-HMB into 12 turnovers and held the Lions to 0-of-8 shooting from beyond 3-point range.

"They got a good shot at the end, and just fortunately it rolled off and we grabbed the board and that was it," Ranum said.

The Lions' 6-4 tandem of senior Cole Vanderlaan and junior Lance Weiser each scored 13 points. They combined for 12 of Linton-HMB's 16 points in the fourth period.

It just wasn't enough. The Lions will play Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter for third place at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

"I was proud of their effort," Carr said. "It just didn't go our way tonight."

It was Ranum's 19th career victory coaching the basketball team. That number is exactly 700 wins shy of Carr's number of victories.

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"After the game you can really reflect and ponder how special that is, because he's seen everything in his time," said Ranum, who has coached the Carrington American Legion baseball team to three consecutive state championships. "He's got a great program and we're pretty pleased that we've kinda arrived to the point where we can compete with them."

Carrington will be attempting to get back to the state 'B' basketball tournament for the first time since winning it all in 2010. Ellendale narrowly edged Carrington 56-53 in the District 5 title game on Feb. 27.

"(The state tournament) is something this group has never experienced," Ranum said. "We're really proud that we're here, but there's still something left out there that we want to take care of.

"We're going to be ready to go on Thursday, and hopefully we'll get the stops we got tonight."

Region 3 Boys Basketball Tournament

At Jamestown Civic Center

Tuesday's semifinals

Carrington 53, Linton-HMB 52

Carrington 13 24 36 53

Linton-HMB 11 23 36 52

Carrington-Garrett Bickett 24, Bryce Edland 16, Kolton Vetter 6, Trey Rosenau 5, Drew Page 2. Totals: 21-50 FG, 6-8 FT, 5-15 3-pointers (Bickett 4, Vetter 1), 23 Rebounds (Edland 8, Rosenau 6), 13 Fouls, 5 Assists (Jayden Shipman 4), 6 Turnovers, 2 Blocks (Edland 2), 6 Steals (Vetter 3).

Linton-HMB-Cole Vanderlaan 13, Jared Baumiller 13, Lance Weiser 12, Cole Baumiller 12, Parker Gerving 2. Totals: 22-46 FG, 8-8 FT, 0-8 3-pointers, 27 Rebounds (Weiser 9, Vanderlaan 9), 11 Fouls, 5 Assists (2 with 2), 12 Turnovers, 1 Block (Vanderlaan), 1 Steal (Vanderlaan).

Records: Carrington 19-4; Linton-HMB 20-3.

Savaloja is the sports lead writer for The Jamestown Sun.
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