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L/L-M beats Ellendale 44-42 in Region 1 tourney

Mar. 5—JAMESTOWN — The No. 4-seed LaMoure/Litchville-Marion boys' basketball team had a big second half in a 44-42 win over No. 2-seed Ellendale in the Region 1 semifinals on Tuesday, March 5, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

In the second half, the Loboes outscored the Cardinals 27-19 and shot 40% from the field. The Cardinals shot 32% in the second half.

The first quarter got off to a slow start for both teams as the Cardinals (15-9) got out to a quick 6-2 lead. The Loboes were able to respond with a run to head into the second quarter up 9-8.

"We try to do that, we try to play fast and when we play fast, we look pretty good and when we are slow and scared like in the second half, we don't look so good," Cardinals head coach Brian Vance said. "That was the biggest thing, we want to play fast and we weren't cutting like we did the first half. ... We gotta play fast."

The teams combined to score 23 points in the second quarter. The Cardinals took an 18-13 lead before the Loboes (15-9) fought back to cut the deficit to 20-17 late in the first half. However, the Cardinals responded with a 3-pointer from Braxton Hokana in the dying seconds of the half to take a 23-17 lead into halftime.

The third quarter was all Loboes as they went on a run to take a 26-25 lead. The Cardinals cut the deficit to 29-28, but a floater by Max Musland put the Loboes up 31-28 heading into the fourth quarter.

The Loboes kept it up in the fourth quarter, taking a 39-33 lead early in the frame. The Cardinals got made it a three-point game at 42-39 with 11.4 seconds to go, but the Loboes hit two free throws to extend their lead to 44-39, which gave them the breathing room they needed to hold on after a Jack Bommersbach 3-pointer went in at the buzzer to cut the deficit to 44-42.

"We just battled," Loboes head coach Tyler Thielges said. "We just kept fighting. We maybe picked up a little bit of their tendencies and were able to take away some things that they wanted to do. I think it came down to us taking away a few of their tendencies and getting adjusted."

The Loboes return to the floor at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, when they take on the winner of the game between Edgeley/Kulm-Montpelier and Sargent County. The Cardinals are back in action at 6 p.m. Thursday when they take on the loser of the game between the Rebels and Bulldogs.

The new three-class system allows the losers of the regional semifinal games to have a path to the state tournament if they win the third-place game and a qualifying game.

After the game, Vance said his message was about the fact that their season is still alive.

"You gotta win two before you lose two," Vance said. "We're one down now so we gotta get two before we lose one."

EHS 42, L/L-M 44

EHS: 8 15 4 14 — 42

L/L-M: 9 8 14 13 — 44