North Border, North Star advance to meet in region championship

Mar. 5—DEVILS LAKE — North Border didn't rely on the 3-point shot in the North Dakota Division B Region 2 quarterfinals on Monday night as much as it usually does as an undersized team.

On Tuesday, the Eagles' penchant for 3-point shooting returned in the region semifinals.

North Border hit 10 3-pointers — including a long, banked-in triple from Grant Cosley with 1.4 seconds left on the clock — en route to a 43-40 win over New Rockford-Sheyenne at the region tournament.

Cosley's 3-pointer from about 30 feet came from the wing, directly in front of the North Border bench.

"We knew we'd have to hit some threes," North Border coach Dan Moore said. "A lot of our games this year, we've relied on hitting 10 3's. We've done that nine or 10 times, probably."

North Border advances to play No. 1 North Star in the region championship, which will begin 20 minutes after the 5:30 p.m. third-place game between New Rockford-Sheyenne and Langdon-Edmore-Munich.

Kaden Moore hit four 3-pointers to finish with 12 points, while Grant Cosley hit three 3-pointers as part of his team-high 16 points. North Border's Grayson Ohmann, who led the Eagles in the quarterfinal win over May-Port-C-G, finished with seven points.

Easton Simon had 14 points to pace the Rockets, who battled back after trailing 14-7 after the first quarter.

"We defended their size well," Moore said. "We were worried about getting beat up by the size. We didn't give up many second-chance points. It was a defensive-battle."

Simon was the Rockets' only player in double figures as Bennett Meier added eight points and Easton Benz had seven.

North Border lost to North Star by 13 in Walhalla during the regular season. The Rockets beat Langdon-Edmore-Munich by 17 at home in the regular season.

"They're huge," Moore said of North Star's size. "The last time we played, they shot the lights out. We're going to have to hit outside shots and hope they don't. We had 15 total rebounds the last time we played. If we shoot it well and push some pace ... anything is possible."

North Star 57, Langdon-Edmore-Munich 37: North Star standout Dane Hagler didn't have a dominant performance in the region semifinals. The Simon brothers showed they can carry the scoring load, too.

Karsen Simon scored a team-high 18 points behind five 3-pointers and Parker Simon had 14 points including eight in the fourth quarter as North Star pulled away from Langdon-Edmore-Munich.

Dane Hagler was also in double figures with 11 points.

The Bearcats, ranked No. 1 in the state, led just 25-20 at halftime but held the Cardinals to four points in the third quarter to take a 40-24 lead through three quarters.

Rayce Worley and Nickolas Kingzett each scored 11 points to lead Langdon-E-M.