Ray – The Kenmare Honkers held off a late charge from the Stanley Blue Jays to pick up a 54-50 victory in the first round of the North Dakota Class B District 16 Basketball team.
The Honkers built a seven point lead in a first half that was riddled with turnovers by both squads. The Blue Jays would rally to tie it up in the 3rd quarter, but the Honkers would pull away once again in the fourth quarter, building a 9 point lead halfway through the 4th quarter. At that point it looked like the Honkers had wrapped up the victory with ease, but the Blue Jays would muster up a rally in the final two minutes to make things very interesting down the stretch.
Freshman Taylor Dean hit a couple of clutch 3 pointers down the stretch to close the deficit to . Dean had a game high 20 points, including a career high five 3-pointers.
The Blue Jays would shoot fourteen free-throws in the 4th quarter, but they would convert only 3 of them. Those missed free-throws would be the difference in the end and the Blue Jays would come up four points short in their comeback attempt.
The Blue Jays have a 2nd round bye and will play at 6pm on Saturday. The Honkers will face Powers Lake in the semifinals tomorrow night at 6pm.
Kenmare 10 15 12 17 (54)
Stanley 10 8 17 15 (50)
Kenmare Jensen 11, Handeland 10, Johnson 9, Overton 8, Medlang 6, Schoemer 5, Kostad 5
Stanley Dean 20, Iverson 15, Enger 7, Lapica 5, Vachal 2, Meyer 1
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