Blue Jays top Wildcats, Rodin drops 49 points to propel Kenmare past Mandaree

Article by Ian Grande

Williston – Rhett Hanson dropped a career high 19 points to help lift the Blue Jays past the North Shore/Plaza Wildcats in the opening round of the Region 8 Tournament.

The sophomore hit a career high five 3-pointers, and seemed to give the Blue Jays a spark every time their offense started to get into a lull. “We’ve been telling Rhett he needs to look for his shot more and trust it,” said Stanley coach Kory Anderson. “He puts in a lot of extra shots after practice and is building confidence because of it. Coaching is always worth it when kids step up and play above themselves.”

The Blue Jays jumped out to a 22-point lead early in the third quarter before Kaedyn Hanson picked up his fourth foul. The next seven minutes would be all Wildcats and they would claw back to within 5 points, thanks in large part to some sharp shooting by sophomore Ty Edwards, who finished with 24 points.

Area scores: North Dakota Boys Basketball Area Scoreboard (Regions 6,7,8)

Stanley would get Kaedyn Hanson back for the fourth quarter run and his presence down low immediately helped open up the perimeter for the rest of the Blue Jays.

Wyatt Hanson had an excellent game on both ends of the floor, the senior standout scored 28 points, 9 rebounds and had a pair of huge blocks in the post.

“The boys played some really good team defense in the first half,” said Anderson. “We gave up 20 offensive boards last time we played and tonight we gave up 6. That was a big difference along with some sharp shooting from Rhett.”

The Blue Jays will face the Kenmare Honkers tonight (Friday) at 7:30 pm. You can listen to that game live on the Stanley Gazette website.

Stanley 16 20 13 25 (74)

North Shore/Plaza 10 8 23 20 (61)

Stanley: W. Hanson 28, R. Hanson 19, Patten 11, K. Hanson 8, Gunderson 6, McIntosh 2

NSP: Edwards 24, Hart Andes 21, Hayden 10, Jaros 4, Brown 2

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Williston -Keagan Lautensclager’s 30-foot buzzer beater vaulted the Kenmare Honkers to a 98-96 victory over the Mandaree Warriors in the opening round of the Region 8 Tournament.

***Video courtesy of Titus Stenberg***

Kenmare senior Jacob Rodin turned in one of the most impressive prep performances of the season, scoring 49 points, and grabbing 16 rebounds.

Mandaree junior Ashton Grady scored a team high 32 points, 25 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Kenmare will face Stanley at 7:30 pm tonight (Friday). That game will be audiocast live on the Stanley Gazette homepage.

Mandaree 21 21 18 36 (96)
Kenmare 28 17 25 28 (98)
Man: Grady 32, Chase 23, Lone Bear 17, Fox 13, Bear Claw 5, Lucio 2, Fox 2, Johnson 2
Ken: Rodin 49, Lautensclager 15, Chrest 11, Balvitsch 7, Stroklung 7, Houck 6, Holter 2, McNeiley 1

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