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Ranchers cruise past Crusaders, Honkers and Braves set to meet in semifinals

Williston – The Powers Lake Ranchers led wire-wire en-route to a 57-33 victory over the Williston Trinity Crusaders in the opening round of the Region 8 Boys Basketball Tournament.

The Ranchers held the Crusaders to just 9 points in the first half, limiting the crusaders to just 22% from the field. Things wouldn’t get a whole lot better for the Crusaders in the second half, where they would shoot just 2 of 17 from 3-point range.

The Ranchers were strong defensively, they also got a game-high 16 points from sophomore Kyle Van Berkom to pace them offensively.

Senior Logan Klitzke chipped in 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Ranchers. Senior Beau Skurdal picked up a team high 13 points to lead the Crusaders.

The Ranchers will take on the Stanley Blue Jays in the semifinals at 6pm tomorrow (Friday).

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Powers Lake 57

Williston Trinity 33

PL: K. Van Berkom 16, Klitzke 13, Nordloef 9, Tate Enget 7, Hager 5, Terek Enget 4, J. Van Berkom 3

WT: Skurdal 13, Smith 10, Abuhl 6, Larsen 2, Zarling 2

Williston – Junior Jacob Rodin poured in a game high 27 points to go along with 11 rebounds to lead the Kenmare Honkers to a convincing 74-39 victory over the New Town Eagles in the opening round of the Region 8 Tournament.

The Honkers led wire to wire and were able to avenge their regular season 14 point loss to New Town (February 2nd ).

The Honkers were able to limit the Eagles to 2-23 from beyond the arc. Kenmare also claimed a decided advantage on the glass, outrebound New Town 43-22.

Kenmare will face the Parshall Braves in the semifinals at 7:30pm on Friday.

Kenmare 74

New Town 39

Kenmare: J. Rodin 27, Jesz 14, H. Rodin 12, Balvitsch 12, Holter 4, Houck 2, Chrest 2, Froseth 1

NT: Covey Hall 9, Steele 8, Headdress 7, LeBeau Jr. 7, Baker 3, Chace Hale 2, Mckenzie 1

Williston – The Parshall Braves advanced to the semifinals after topping the Burke County Titans 72-55.  Junior Billy Moran paced the Braves with 23 points, Senior Deyondre Simpson picked up a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Junior Josh Khile poured in a game high 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Titans.

The Braves will face the Kenmare Honkers at 7:30pm on Friday.

Parshall 72

Burke County 55

Parshall: Moran 23, Simpson 17, Foote 8, Jarski 4, Hart 2, Two Crow 2

BC: Khile 27, Hinds 9, Peterson 8, Dix 5, Baumann 4, Blue 2

See also: Blue Jays survive and advance

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com




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