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Ellendale, L-L-M win Region 3 qualifiers

It took a 3-pointer by Oakes' freshman guard Garret Meehl for the Ellendale boys basketball team to wake up Monday, Feb. 26, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Ellendale's Austin Molan makes his way through a host of Oakes' players Monday during the District 5 basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
Ellendale's Austin Molan makes his way through a host of Oakes' players Monday during the District 5 basketball tournament at the Jamestown Civic Center. John M. Steiner / The Sun
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It took a 3-pointer by Oakes' freshman guard Garret Meehl for the Ellendale boys basketball team to wake up Monday, Feb. 26, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

Meehl drained a shot from downtown with 2 minutes, 6 seconds left in the second quarter of regional play-in action of the District 5 tournament that erased a previous 16-point Cardinal lead.

Sophomore forward Hunter Thorpe responded 17 seconds later with a layup that sparked a 7-0 Ellendale run to end the half. The Cardinals led 37-30 at the break en route to a 74-63 victory over the Tornadoes.

"I knew they were going to be hot," said Ellendale junior Austin Molan about Oakes' comeback. "They're a streaky team so we had to just manage their runs, survive and limit them."

Ellendale will play Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter next Monday in the Region 3 tournament quarterfinals.

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"I think it's my third time going-second time as a starter-so I think we can do well," Molan said. "It's going to be harder this time around because we are a smaller team."

The Cardinals started off with a fast-paced 8-0 run two minutes into the contest and eventually got out to a 21-5 lead-their largest of the game-late in the first quarter.

"Run-and-gun is definitely our game so we did that tonight and it worked," Molan said.

Oakes outscored Ellendale 17-5 for the first six minutes of the second quarter to get back into the contest.

The Cardinals stayed in control during the second half to hold on for the win.

Molan finished with 27 points and an efficient 12 of 14 from the field. Lucas Hofer was right behind him with 25 points.

For Oakes, Tyler Voightman and Meehl tied for a team-high 16 points.

The Tornadoes will end their season with a 9-12 record, while graduating six players.

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L-L-M 63, BCN 39

The Jamestown Civic Center loves a good four-point play.

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion sophomore Rory Gentzkow drained a 3-pointer, while getting knocked down to the hardwood on the left side of the arc to give the Loboes the lead back over Barnes County North. After sinking the freebie, the 5-foot-6 guard came back up the floor and sank another triple-from nearly the same spot-to put L-L-M up 23-18.

The Loboes stayed out front the rest of the way in a 63-39 victory over the Bison. L-L-M will play Strasburg-Zeeland in the first round of the regional on Monday.

"I honestly didn't know the shot went in right away," Gentzkow admitted. "I couldn't really see where the basket was. I just heard the crowd screaming for me."

Jamison Kramer scored all 15 of his points in the second half for L-L-M-including 13 in a row to start the half-to help the Loboes pull away.

"He did good in the second half," Gentzkow said. "He's our best player on the team, he knows how to score and that's exactly what he did tonight."

Overall, the Loboes outscored the Bison 36-15 in the second half to pull away for the victory.

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Shay Ness led L-L-M with a game-high 19 points, Gentzkow and Kramer each scored 15.

Colby Bruner was the only double-digit scorer for the Bison with 14 points. Barnes County North will finish its season with a 9-13 record, while graduating lone senior Allen Contreras.

District 5 boys basketball tournament

Region 3 qualifiers

Ellendale 74, Oakes 63

ELL 23 37 55 74

OAK 12 30 42 63

ELL-Austin Molen 27, Lucas Hofer 25, Nathan Peterson 5, Cody Merkel 3, Cole Geehring 2. Totals: 28-47 FG, 6-13 3-PT (Hofer 3, Thorpe 2, Merkel), 12-15 FT, 24 Rebounds (Hofer 8), 15 Fouls, 11 Assists (Hofer 5), 13 Turnovers, 9 Steals (Hofer 6).

OAK-Tyler Voightman 16, Garret Meehl 16, Andy Castro 9, Cody Comeau 8, Drew Dethlefsen 8, Sam Huffman 6. Totals: 22-52 FG, 9-21 3-PT (Voightman 3, Meehl 3, Comeau 2, Dethlefsen), 10-17 FT, 24 Rebounds (Voightman 7), 15 Fouls (Meehl), 10 Assists, 15 Turnovers.

Records: ELL 16-6. OAK 9-12.

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion 63, Barnes County North

LLM 9 27 46 63

BCN 8 24 32 39

LLM-Shay Ness 19, Rory Gentzkow 15, Jamison Kramer 15, Jacob Ulmer 8, Caleb Hirschkorn 4, Maclaine Buerman 2. Totals: 21-40 FG, 13-17 FT, 8-12 3-PT (Gentzkow 4, Kramer 2, Ness 2), 23 Rebounds (Ulmer 6), 19 Fouls, 9 Assists, 6 Turnovers, 4 Blocks, 10 Steals.

BCN-Colby Bruner 14, Tristan Roaldson 9, Allen Contreras 5, Max Fehr 4, Tanner Soupir 4, Jacob Harstad 3. Totals: 12-38 FG, 10-17 FT, 5-16 3-PT (Roaldson 2, Bruner 2, Harstad), 27 Rebounds (Contreras 11), 18 Fouls, 4 Assists, 17 Turnovers, 1 Block, 3 Steals.

Records: LLM 15-7. BCN 9-13.

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