Article by Ian Grande
Minot – The Four Winds/Minnewauken Indians jumped out to a huge 29-14 lead in the first quarter and it looked like the rout was on. The Stanley Blue Jays had other plans and would spend the next three quarters clawing their way back to make things interesting in the final minutes.
The Indians shot 58% in the first quarter, but the Blue Jays would clamp down on the high flying Indians the rest of the way, limiting them to just 14-40 shooing from the field the rest of the way.
Tonight’s game featured a highly anticipated matchup between two of the top guards in the state, Four Winds/Minnewauken senior Tronis McKay and Stanley junior Wyatt Hanson. McKay was named a Mr. Basketball finalist earlier today and Hanson had the highest scoring average of any player in the tournament.
Neither McKay or Hanson disappointed. McKay along with the rest of the Indians were excellent throughout and demonstrated exactly why they were the tournament’s top seed. Hanson showed fans across the state what Region 8 fans have known all along, that he is one of the top players in the state, pouring in a game high 26 points on 10-17 shooting.
The Blue Jays trailed 40-26 at halftime but came out firing in the 3rd quarter. Wyatt Hanson picked up 8 of Stanley’s 21 points and the Blue Jays were able to cut the lead to 8 points by the end of the quarter.
The Blue Jays would make one final run late in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Seth Hetzel hit back to back three pointers to close the lead to 4 points with 50 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Blue Jays, the Indians were red hot from the free-throw line down the stretch and wouldn’t allow the Blue Jays to get any closer.
The Blue Jays put up a valiant effort against an outstanding opponent–a very strong showing for a Blue Jays team that is making just it’s first appearance at the North Dakota State Class B Tournament in 79 years.
With the win the Indians move on to the semifinals. They will face the winner of #4 Oak Grove and #5 Bishop Ryan at 8:15 p.m. on Friday.
The Stanley Blue Jays will face the loser of Bishop Ryan and Oak Grove at 2:45 p.m. on Friday.
#1 Four Winds-Minnewaukan (23-1) 29 11 15 15 (70)
Stanley (19-6) 14 12 21 17 (64)
FW: Black 23, McKay 18, Larock 12, Gourd 7, Redfox 5, Tomahawk 5
Stanley: W. Hanson 26, Aadnes 12, K. Hanson 11, Patten 7, Hetzel 6, Nesheim 2
*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. Feel free to reach out with any comments/concerns (StanleyGazette@gmail.com)
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