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JHS boys win wild affair

A school-record performance couldn't stop Jamestown on Tuesday night at the Devils Lake Sports Center. The Blue Jays overcame nine 3-pointers and 31 points off the bench from Devils Lake's Mason Kostecki in a 92-82 triumph in Class A boys basketb...

A school-record performance couldn't stop Jamestown on Tuesday night at the Devils Lake Sports Center.

The Blue Jays overcame nine 3-pointers and 31 points off the bench from Devils Lake's Mason Kostecki in a 92-82 triumph in Class A boys basketball action.

All-state forward Noah Wanzek dumped 30 points and nine rebounds on the Firebirds, while teammate Tanner Lunzman had 24 points, 11 assists and four steals.

Jamestown had 22 assists total, distributing the ball like it did in a win over Valley City last week.

"We've preached that a lot as far as sharing the basketball and looking for the open man," Jamestown coach Luke Anderson said. "Tanner is all in on that. He's been a huge part of that."

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Jake Reuther also had a standout performance with 21 points. It's his third straight game in double figures.

"We've had big plans for him, and we still do," Anderson said of Reuther. "Everybody is starting to see what we see in practice."

Kostecki had broke the school record for 3-pointers with nine in a win over West Fargo Sheyenne last week, and he did it again vs. Jamestown. The Firebirds had 15 3-pointers as a team. All-state guard Jacob Mertens had 24 points.

"That was all we talked about this week," Anderson said of the 3-pointers. "Getting a hand in the face. We just played really poor defense."

Still, the offense couldn't be stopped as constant penetration kept Jamestown ahead on the scoreboard. The Blue Jays let Devils Lake get within one three times, but never trailed. They led 54-40 at halftime.

"We wanted to make sure we didn't settle for 3s," Anderson said. "Attack as hard as we can. The kids bought in. Seven minutes in, I felt the tempo picked up enough that our aggressiveness carried us from there."

Jamestown (3-3) had a shooting performance to remember, especially in the first half. The Jays shot 22 of 27 for 81.4 percent, finishing 36-of-50 for 70 percent. They've won three of their last four after an 0-2 start.

"This the second positive step in a row for us," Anderson said. "We've shown flashes as a team of what we're capable of being. We start to do that consistently, we have a chance to be a good team."

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Girls

Devils Lake received 23 points from senior Emily Schafer and 17 from freshman Mattea Vetsch in getting its second win of the season with a 74-67 victory over Jamestown.

Jamestown was paced by Bailey Lamp, who poured in 15 of 20 points in the first half. Megan Gaffaney had 15 and Taylor Schmeichel added 11.

Jamestown was within three points at 62-59 after a Meghan Orr 3-pointer with around 4 minutes to play, but the Firebirds responded with six straight en route to the win.

Devils Lake led just 35-34 at halftime, and Jamestown was ahead for a time in the second half, leading by four at 51-47 on a 3-pointer by Taylor Schmeichel with nine minutes to go.

However, a 13-3 run put Devils Lake out front for good.

The Blue Jays (3-3) were again good from beyond the arc, sinking eight 3-pointers.

Jamestown heads to Wahpeton on Saturday for a doubleheader.

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Boys

Jamestown 92, Devils Lake 82

Jamestown: Noah Wanzek 30, Tanner Lunzman 24, Jake Reuther 21, Josh Schulz 8, Andrew Hornung 7, Ben Hanson 2. Totals 36-50 14-21 92.

Devils Lake: Mason Kostecki 31, Jacob Mertens 24, Zach Dahlen 11, Hunter Fee 6, Nik Desai 6, Josh Frelich 2, Ben Shepherd 2. Totals 31-64 5-8 82.

Halftime: Jamestown 54-40. 3-pointers: J 6-10 (Lunzman 3, Schulz 2, Hornung 1), DL 15-28 (Kostecki 9, Mertens 4, Dahlen 2). Rebounds: J 27 (Wanzek 9), DL 25 (Mertens 9). Assists: J 22 (Lunzman 11), DL 16 (Frelich 5). Steals: J 13 (Lunzman 4). Fouls: J 10, DL 19. Turnovers: J 16, DL 18.

Records: Jamestown 3-3, Devils Lake 4-3.

Girls

Devils Lake 74, Jamestown 67

Jamestown: Bailey Lamp 20, Megan Gaffaney 15, Taylor Schmeichel 11, Meghan Orr 8, Emily Reiten 5, Chloe Dunn 5, Genna Bruns 3. Totals 22 15-24 67.

DL: Emily Schafer 23, Mattea Vetsch 17, Kylie Skadsem 8, Mikayla Wallace 7, Averi Ziegler 5, Mattisyn Barendt 5, Hannah Pesek 4, Morgan Pedeliski 3, Jenna Windjue 2. Totals 27 13-20 74.

Halftime: DL 35-34. 3-pointers: J 8 (Orr 2, Schmeichel 2, Gaffaney 2, Bruns, Lamp), DL 7 (Wallace 2, Schafer 2, Barendt, Vetsch, Pedeliski). Turnovers: J 19, DL 15.

Records: Jamestown 3-3, Devils Lake 2-4.

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