Kenmare – The Stanley Blue Jays claimed their second consecutive District 16 Tournament crown in dramatic fashion, beating the Powers Lake Ranchers 52-50 on a last second shot.
The Blue Jays couldn’t seem to pull away from the pesky Powers Lake Ranchers, whose swarming defense helped to keep the high flying Blue Jay offense in check all game.
The game was full of dramatic plays, with buzzer beaters in the second, third and fourth quarters.
Senior standout Wyatt Hanson hit a pair of buzzer beater three pointers in the game. The first one gave the Blue Jays a 31-27 lead at halftime, the second gave the Blue Jays a 7 point at the end of the 3rd quarter.
The Ranchers would claw back to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, and with 35 seconds left the Ranchers had the ball with the game tied 50-50. Stanley would force the Ranchers into a tough corner three-point attempt. That attempt would miss the mark and fall right into the hands of Stanley senior Matt Patten with 5 seconds remaining. Patten quickly sprinted up the court and narrowly beat the buzzer with a tough move to the basket, sealing the game and the title for the Blue Jays.
“Last night was a well contested battle between two good teams,” said Stanley coach Kory Anderson. “We both seemed to have the momentum at different times of the game. We really struggled to get a good flow on offense so we stressed the importance of getting stops.”
Audio replay of last play (Stanley Gazette Radio):
“Matt Patten made a constant effort all night to rebound the basketball, something that has been one of our down falls all year,” said Anderson. “It was very fitting that he would get the final defensive rebound of the night and take it end to end for the game winning basket.”
Patten finished with 19 points and a team high 12 rebounds.
Aiden Nordloef had a team high 13 points to pace the Ranchers.
The victory was Stanley coach Kory Anderson’s 100th career win.
The Blue Jays will face North Shore/Plaza in the opening round of the Region 8 Tournament.
“Regions are going to be very tough,” said Anderson. “Any team will be capable of winning it this year.”
Stanley: 16 15 17 4 (52)
Powers Lake: 11 16 14 9 (50)
Stanley: W. Hanson 20, Patten 19, K. Hanson 9, McIntosh 2, R. Hanson 2
Powers Lake: Aiden Nordloef 13; Kyle VanBerkom 9; Luis Passos 9; Noah Schroeder 7; Noah Fredrickson 5; Terek Enget 5; Robert Englund 2
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