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Top-ranked Thompson needs overtime to top Minot Ryan in Class B boys basketball semifinal game

Thompson's Hayden Overby drives the baseline against Minot Ryan's Benjamin Bohl during Friday night's North Dakota Class B boys state basketball tournament semifinal game at the Minot State Dome. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

MINOT, N.D. – Cadyn and Hayden outdueled Ben and Mason to lead top-ranked Thompson to a 68-65 overtime win over Minot Bishop Ryan Friday night in the Class B boys state basketball tournament semifinals at the Minot State Dome.

Cadyn Schwabe made four free throws in the last 20 seconds and Hayden Overby intercepted an inbounds pass with seconds left to secure the win for top-ranked Thompson. The Tommies will play Bismarck Shiloh Christian in Saturday night’s championship game. Both teams are seeking their first state title.

“We’ve got a chance to do something that’s never been done in school history and we’re excited about that,” said Thompson coach Brandy George, whose team is hoping to add a basketball title to the American Legion baseball and 9-man football titles it already owns.

Schwabe finished with 22 points and Overby added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Tommies (25-1). They outdueled Ryan’s Ben Bohl and Mason Hedberg, who each had 23 points.

The game was close throughout and with 2 minutes, 13 seconds remaining, Chinasa Udekwe – who had 15 points – hit a 3-pointer to give the Lions a 61-59 lead. But the Tommies tied it on Overby’s layup with 1:30 remaining.

Ryan worked the ball for a last shot but Bohl’s pull-up with six seconds left missed and Schwabe had the ball knocked away as time ran out in regulation tied at 61.

Hedberg and Overby exchanged baskets right away in overtime but it took two minutes before Logan Merck scored on a fast break to put Ryan up 65-63. Those were the Lions’ last points.

With 58 seconds left, Pierce Cooper hit a free throw. That was followed by four straight Schwabe free throws and Overby’s steal.

“I knew they were going to either Ben or Mason and I saw it and had to go for it,” Overby said.

Just as it had been in Thursday’s opening round, Ryan’s offense was a two-headed monster with Bohl and Hedberg scoring 11 of the Lions’ first 13 points. The Tommies were more balanced and led 15-13 despite Hedberg’s end-to-end layup with one second remaining.

Clay Odenbach’s layup with 6:04 left in the first half gave the Tommies their largest lead at 23-15. Thompson had shot 56 percent from the field up to that point.

With 22 seconds left, Schwabe pulled up and buried a fadeaway 3-pointer from the corner for a 30-25 lead. But Hedberg beat the clock again with a 3-pointer from straight away as time ran out in the half to make it a two-point game.

Bohl and Hedberg came out on fire to start the third quarter. One or the other scored on six of Ryan’s first seven possessions. Thompson retook the lead on Pierce Cooper’s 3-pointer with 1:11 left but the Lions got their third buzzer-beater of the game on Bohl’s 3-pointer with 3 seconds left for a 51-49 lead.

MR 13 28 51 61 65

T 15 30 49 61 68

MR: Merck 4, Bohl 23, Hedberg 23, Udekwe 15.

T: Hughes 7, Schwabe 22, Danner 6, Overby 21, Cooper 6, Odenbach 6.