Lions edge Blue Jays in double overtime thriller

Article by Ian Grande

Minot – The Stanley Blue Jays and Bishop Ryan Lions made sure that the afternoon fans at the North Dakota Class B State Tournament got their monies worth.

The game got off to an incredibly slow start with only 38 combined points in the first half, with a majority of the excitement coming when Wyatt Hanson threw down two monstrous to get the fans on their feet.

Wyatt Hanson dunk vs. Bishop Ryan (Photo by Ian Grande)
The Lions held a lead for a majority of regulation, but the Blue Jays held them at arms length and finally took the lead themselves with a little over 3 minutes left. The rest of regulation was back in forth. Sophomore Seth Hetzel raced down a Lions player on a fast break and stole the ball with under a minute remaining, on the ensuing possession Wyatt Hanson scored a tear drop jumper to tie the game. Jacob Bohl responded for the Lions with a basket of his own to take a 49-47 lead. The Blue Jays would have one last chance to answer and senior Logan Aadnes came through, converting on a driving lay-up, sending the game to overtime–a very similar play to the one he scored on to vault the Blue Jays to victory in the opening round of the Region 8 Tournament.

Junior Matt Patten got things going for the Blue Jays by converting a 3 pointer a few seconds into the first overtime. Ben Bohl responded a minute later, the sophomore scored 2 quick baskets and came up with a key steal to put the Lions ahead 55-52. Wyatt Hanson would add a quick basket to cut the lead to just 1 point a few seconds later. The Blue Jays would get a key stop, giving Aadnes another opportunity to play hero once again. The senior would get fouled on the ensuing possession and convert one of two free-throws to tie the game. The Lions would miss their last second attempt, sending the game to a second overtime.

The second overtime was back and forth until the Jacob Bohl converted a basket to put the Lions ahead 64-60 with 17 seconds remaining. The Blue Jays would attempt a long 3-pointer but it wouldn’t fall. Eli Stewart added two last second free-throws for Bishop-Ryan to make the final score 66-60.

Wyatt Hanson poured in a game high 27 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Eli Stewart paced the Lions with 21 points. Jacob Bohl picked up a double-double 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Bishop Ryan will face the Dickinson Trinity Titan in the 5th place game at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

The Blue Jays will face Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky in the 7th place game at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

#5 Bishop Ryan Lions 11 11 15 12 6 11 (66)

Stanley Blue Jays  6 10 18 15 6 5 (60)

Final Double OT

Stanley: W. Hanson 27, Aadnes 13,  K. Hanson 12, Patten 6, Nesheim 2

BR: Stewart 21, Hedberg 13, J. Bohl 12, B. Bohl 10, Feist 5, Sowitch 3, Udekwe 2

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. Feel free to reach out with any comments/concerns (

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