Tommies hold off Minot Ryan, advance to state Class B title game
MINOT—If you missed Friday's performance of the Hayden and Cadyn Show, don't worry, it has one more act to play tonight at the North Dakota state Class B boys' basketball tournament.
Cadyn Schwabe made four free throws in the last 20 seconds and Hayden Overby intercepted an inbounds pass with seconds left to lift top-ranked Thompson over Minot Bishop Ryan 68-65 in the semifinals. The Tommies will play Shiloh Christian in tonight's title game. Both teams are seeking their first state title.
"We've got a chance to do something (tonight) 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 nine-man football championships it won in the past year.
Schwabe had 22 points, including the clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds left. Overby added 21 points and 10 rebounds and stepped in front of the inbounds intended for Ben Bohl.
Minot Ryan's tandem of Bohl and Mason Hedberg led the Lions to the brink of the title game. Both had 23 points, but Hedberg had only two points in overtime and Bohl was scoreless.
"It was a heck of a basketball game and you've got two good teams going head to head," George said. "I happy we're on the right end of it by all means."
Overby's short jumper from the lane with 1:30 was the basket that sent the game into overtime.
As expected, Bohl took the last shot in regulation but missed with six seconds left and Schwabe had the ball knocked away on the trip up the floor leading to overtime.
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. That was Ryan's final points.
Pierce Cooper had a free throw with 58 seconds left and after Hedberg misfired on a runner from the free throw line, Schwabe was fouled and made two free throws.
The Lions worked the clock till eight seconds remained but Bohl missed a jumper. Schwabe then made two free throws with 4.1 seconds left and Overby intercepted the inbounds to Bohl and time ran out.
"I knew they were going to either Ben or Mason and I saw it and had to go for it," Overby said. "We've worked hard for this all year and it's a great feeling knowing in past years we've come up short and this year we overcame it."
It wasn't easy.
Thompson led 30-28 at half and the game went back and forth the rest of the way.
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 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.
The fourth quarter was a see-saw affair. Overby's basket with 1:30 left sent the game to overtime and Thompson to the verge of history.
Thompson 68, Minot Ryan 65, OT
THO 15 15 19 12 7 --68
M-R 13 15 23 10 4 --65
Thompson—Cadyn Schwabe 22, Hayden Overby 21, Marcus Hughes 7, Chance Danner 6, Pierce Cooper 6, Clay Odenbach 6
Minot Ryan—Ben Bohl 23, Mason Hedberg 23, Logan Merck 4, Chinaza Udekwe 15
Seventh—Ellendale vs. Powers Lake, 1 p.m.
Fifth—New Rockford-Sheyenne vs. Beulah, 2:45 p.m.
Third—Minot Ryan vs. Kindred, 6 p.m.
Championship—Thompson vs. Shiloh Christian, 8:15 p.m.