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Thompson claims first Class B boys state basketball title with win in overtime

Thompson's boys basketball players celebrate after winning Saturday night's North Dakota Class B state championship in Minot. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune
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MINOT, N.D. -- In the end, there could be only one, and that one is Thompson.

Hayden Overby had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-ranked Thompson to a 57-47 overtime win over Bismarck Shiloh Christian Saturday, March 16, in the championship game of the Class B boys state basketball championship in the Minot State Dome.

Thompson (26-1) won its first state basketball championship in its first trip to state and sent Shiloh (23-4) home without a crown for the 13th time.

The Skyhawks played the last 3 minutes of overtime without 6-foot-9 post Macauley Young, who fouled out on Marcus Hughes’ 3-point attempt. Hughes boke a 45-45 tie by making all three free throws and Shiloh never led again.

“I can’t even process all this right now,” coach of the year Brandy George of Thompson said. “I want to cry, I want to scream, I want to yell. It’s unreal.”


The Tommies’ defense took away Shiloh’s best weapon -- the 3-pointer. One night after making 14 of 33 attempts, the Skyhawks were just 2-for-15.

“When they hit 14 of them last night, that was the focus of ours,” George said. “Young got away from us a little bit, but Chance Danner battled him all night. He ended up with his points. I thought we did a good job on their guards.”

Young was the only Shiloh player in double figures and he scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half. It was his third double-double of the tournament. Young took charge of the game in the third quarter scoring Shiloh’s last 10 points and 12 in all. His layup with 15 seconds left gave Shiloh a 37-35 lead with one quarter to play.

“He’s a good player and has good body control,” Overby said.

The second half was a game of runs. Young scored 14 points in a row for the Skyhawks in the third and fourth quarters. Overby countered with a run of six and 10 of 15. More dramatically, the lead changed hands on seven straight baskets and Young’s two free throws with 1:03 left.

Schwabe’s 3-pointer with 7:12 left in the game gave Thompson a 38-37 lead and started the run.

Marcus Hughes made one of two free throws with 30.9 seconds left to tie it at 45 and Schwabe had a steal with 22.7 seconds left. The Tommies worked the clock own before Schwabe missed a 3-pointer with a second left and the game went into overtime.

Young missed a shot to open overtime and raced downcourt where he tried to block Hughes’ shot from the corner and knocked Hughes over, leading to the pivotal free throws.


Thompson’s first priority was defending the three without ignoring. Shiloh looked determined to get Young involved early as he scored Shiloh’s first points, blocked a shot and got fouled and went to the line where he made both shots in the first 5:12 of the game.

Thompson trailed 9-6 after one quarter but started the second on an 11-4 run. It took the lead on Overby’s layup with 6:19 to play in the half and Young picked up his second foul on Thompson’s next trip down the floor and left for the last 5:06 of the half.

Chance Danner’s short jumper with 18 seconds left gave Thompson a 25-17 lead. But Josh Lardy’s 3-pointer at the buzzer made it 25-20 at the break. One night after making 14 of 33 shots from 3-point range, Danner’s 3-pointer was the Skyhawks’ first of the game on just six tries.

“Our game plan worked,” Schwabe said. “We didn’t want to let them get going from three.” Schwabe, who was named tournament MVP, had 15 points. It was fitting since he had played a key role in Thompson’s remarkable year.

The Tommies already had a banner before the basketball postseason.

In May, the Tommies played in their second straight state Class B baseball championship game. It lost for the second straight year to Park River-Fordville-Lankin after winning titles in 2016, 2005, 1999, 1985 and 1983.

In November, Thompson beat New Salem-Almont 42-28 for its second state nine-man football championship in three years.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” Overby said. “It’s something we’ve been working so hard for so many years to, first of all get to it, then win a title is amazing.”


T 6 25 35 45 57

SC 9 20 37 45 47

T: Danner 4, Overby 21, Hughes 10, Schwabe 15, Dick 4, Cooper 3.

SC: Mitzel 6, Young 25, Fagerland 2, Reep 4, Brunrelle 7, Lardy 3.


Richland 62, Minot Ryan 47

MR 13 23 37 47

R 14 30 43 62

MR: Merck 4, Bohl 16, Hedberg 10, Udekwe 9, Feller 8.

R: Evanson 12, Lentz 9, Lingen 11, Myers 18, Reiland 10, Wulfekuhle 2.


New Rockford-Sheyenne 56, Beulah 53

NRS 10 26 44 56

B 12 27 45 53

NRS: Belquist 12, Allmaras 13, Thompson 3, Longnecker 13, Granger 5, Holzwarth 7.

B: Gierke 13, Brandt 14, Yeager 8, Morsette Jr. 9, Larson 9.


Powers Lake 56, Ellendale 42

E 9 21 33 42

PL 15 26 42 56

E: Molan 12, S. Wagner 8, Thorpe 8, I. Wagner 4, Henningsen 5, Durheim 3, Blondo 2.

PL: I. Nordloef 16, A. Nordloef 7, VanBerkom 18, Fredrickson 11, Gehring 2, Rystedt 2.


Ben Bohl, Minot Ryan; Mason Hedberg, Minot Ryan; Hayden Overby, Thompson; Cole Myers, Richland; McCauley Young, Shiloh Christian; Kyle VanBerkom, Powers Lake; Trey Brandt, Beulah; Teddy Allmaras, New Rockford-Sheyenne; Austin Molan, Ellendale; Cadyn Schwabe, Thompson.

Most valuable player: Cadyn Schwabe, Thompson.

Senior athlete of the year: Ben Bohl, Minot Ryan.

Coach of the year: Brandy George, Thompson.

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