M/P-B boys hoops show off clutch gene in 49-46 win over Washburn

Jan. 5—JAMESTOWN — The game between Medina/Pingree-Buchanan and Washburn was competitive through the entire game as a potential game-tying three from the Cardinals hit off the rim and stayed out in a 49-46 Thunder win on Friday, Jan. 5, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

"We talked about before the game that this is kind of our home court and we kind of look at it like that, that this is our home court," Thunder head coach Bob Young said. "We don't play nearly as many games here this year as we did last year because the Stutsman County Tournament ended but we look at this as a place where we want to be playing our best basketball and trying to win basketball games. So, we usually have a big crowd in the Civic Center. So, we just want to come here and play some of our best basketball. We did that at moments today."

The Thunder (5-3) got out to a quick 6-2 lead before the Cardinals responded with a run to tie the game up at 12 late in the first. The back-and-forth nature of the game continued into the second quarter as the Thunder's Chase Ova hit a layup to push his team's lead out to 16-13 before the Cardinals were able to cut the deficit to 18-17. The teams were tied heading into the half again this time at 24.

"They played through the contact and adjusted to that," Cardinals head coach Josh Sharp said. "I coached Class A for a number of years, it was officiated fine, this wasn't anything wrong with the officiating but we had to adjust to the contact and that's when we turned it around, when we adjusted to how the contact was being allowed."

The Cardinals (4-1) took the lead early in the third at 26-24 before the Thunder again tied it up at 26. Late in the third quarter, the Thunder took the lead at 36-35. The Thunder were able to stretch their lead out to 47-41 midway through the fourth quarter but the Cardinals called a timeout and came storming back to cut the deficit to 47-46. The Cardinals had a chance to send the game to overtime but a three at the buzzer bounced off the rim and stayed out.

The Thunder are back in action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, when they host Napoleon/Gackle-Streeter.

WHS 46, M/P-B 49

WHS: 12 11 11 11-46

M/P-B: 14 10 12 13 — 49