South Border holds on for 51-50 win over Griggs-Midkota in R3 tourney

The Mustangs longest run in this game was 11-0.

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South Border's Connor Kosiak (11) arches a shot over Dylan Johnson (42) of Griggs-Midkota during the Region 3 tournament Monday, March 7, 2022, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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Despite a late push from the No. 3 seeded Griggs-Midkota Titans (8-15), the No. 2 seeded South Border Mustangs (10-13) were able to push the game away at the free throw line, going 16-19 in the second half, to get a 51-50 win in the first round of the Region 3 tournament on March 7, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The first two and a half quarters were tight, and the last nine minutes of the game were no different with the Mustangs’ Trevor Schmidt hitting a jumper to cut the deficit to 31-30 with 30 seconds to go in the third quarter. The Titans’ Jaxon Gronneberg responded by catching an inbounds pass and hitting a jumper to push his team’s lead out to 33-30 at the third quarter buzzer.

The Mustangs answered back by opening up the fourth on a 11-3 run to take a 41-36 lead.

The Mustangs' fight to get the win in this game was part of their DNA according to head coach Corey Bader.

“They were relentless and that’s how they have been all season,” Bader said. “That group in the locker room will not lay down ever. They will keep fighting no matter if we’re down or we’re up. They will keep digging and that was all heart and pride. That’s all that was.”


The Titans were not dead however as Logan Topp hit a three to cut his team’s deficit to 46-42 with 53.8 seconds to go in the game. After a free throw pushed it back out, Gronneberg splashed a three with 30 seconds to go to cut the deficit to 47-45. Two made free throws later, saw the score go to 49-45 where the Titans’ Logan Topp drove in and hit the layup with 15.1 to go in the game to cut the deficit to 49-47.

After the game, Titans head coach Kyle Mehus spoke somberly when reflecting on the season.

“It’s very tough,” Mehus said. “I had a really good group of seniors this year. They’ve been a lot of fun to coach. I couldn’t have asked for a better first year group, that’s for sure. It’s hurting right now.”

The Mustangs now move on at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, when they face LaMoure/Litchville-Marion in the second round of the Region 3 tournament.

G-M 50, SB 51

G-M: 11 10 12 17—50

SB: 9 12 9 21—51

Points leaders:


G-M: Jaxon Gronneberg 16, Logan Topp 14, Brady Haugen 8, Carter Spitzer 6, Dylan Johnson 4, Wyatt Spickler 2

SB: Kaden Bader 16, Trevor Schmidt 14, Connor Kosiak 8, Kaleb Thiery 7, Luke Scherbenske 5, Seth Wolf 1

Assists leaders:

G-M: Gronneberg 2, Spickler 2, Ashton Smith 1, Logan Topp 1, Haugen 1

SB: Schmidt 3, Kosiak 2, Scherbenske 1, Bader 1

Leading rebounders:

G-M: Smith 7, Haugen 5, Gronneberg 5, Topp 4, Spickler 3, Spitzer 2, Johnson 2, Eli Larson 1

SB: Schmidt 13, Bader 6, Thiery 3, Wolf 3, Kosiak 3, Scherbenske 1


Region 3 Boys Basketball Tournament: 

March 7:

No. 1 LaMoure/Litchville-Marion 62 vs. No. 6 Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter 37

No. 2 South Border 51 vs. No. 3 Griggs-Midkota 50

No. 1 Linton/Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock vs. No. 4 Carrington, 6 p.m.

No. 2 Ellendale vs. No. 3 Medina-Pingree/Buchanan, 7:30 p.m.

My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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