BISMARCK -- If Thompson’s Hayden Overby had any rust from the layoff between the end of the high school basketball season in March and Monday’s Lion’s All-Star Basketball Game, he -- and his Class B teammates -- left it in the locker room at Legacy High School.
Overby scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, and the Minot Bishop Ryan combination of Ben Bohl and Mason Hedberg led a fast start as Class B rolled over the Class A all-stars 84-72 in the first game of the two-game series. Game two is tonight in West Fargo.
“They’re all here for a reason. This is a group that just gets along. They’re fun,” Class B coach Brandy George said. “You never know what it’s going to be like when you put 12 kids on the floor and how they’re going to work offensively or defensively.”
Class B worked well for the most part, playing tough defense and getting points in transition and in the half-court offense.
Hedberg looked like he’d been on the court a lot since the state Class B tournament in March. He hit a series of pull-up jumpers to score all eight of his points early as Class B got out to a 10-point lead.
Bohl then got hot, and with 8:53 left in the first half, he scored on a breakaway layup to give Class B a 30-8 lead. Bohl had nine points at the break, which ended with Class B up 46-28.
Overby was just getting started with six points, but the message had been sent.
“We were hitting our shots early and our transition helped us,” Overby said. “We knew they were going to be a very physical team and we couldn’t back down.”
Class A struggled against a physical defense that challenged every shot and limited the bigger school to five second-shot opportunities. Class A was just 9-for-37 from the field in the first half.
The only bright spot for Class A was Bismarck High’s Joe Jahner, who had three of his four 3-pointers and 11 of his 16 points in the first half. But no matter what Class A did, Class B had an answer, despite 18 turnovers.
Bismarck Century’s Treyton Mattern was scoreless in the first half, but he would go off after halftime with 21 points. He was 9-for-9 from the line.
“In this kind of game, you gotta share the ball … I got in a rhythm the second half and knocked some shots down,” Mattern said.
Mattern’s 3-point play with 17:11 left shaved the deficit to 14 points. It never got any closer until Jahner’s 3-pointer with seconds left made it a 12-point game.
“Give them credit, they got a lot of open looks in the first half and knocked them down,” Mattern said. “We got a little selfish with the ball.”
Mattern said despite the deficit, Class A didn’t feel out of it at the break.
“Obviously there’s a lot of game to be played. We made a little run but they kept making shots,” he said.
No one more than Overby. The 6-foot-6 former Tommie had 12 points after half, while Class A dropped into another long dry spell, going 1-for-14 at one point.
“I just looked at my options. I had a good team and they did a good job of getting me the ball,” Overby said.
“It’s a lot of fun to play against all of these guys. It’s kind of the pride thing -- Class A against Class B. But no matter the outcome it’s always going to be a great time.”
Bohl finished the night with 14 points and Dalton Albrecht of Grafton added 10.
Fargo Davies’ Braeton Motschenbacher, St. Mary’s Ben Schmidt and Devils Lake's Leif Nelson had seven points each for Class A.
The win was the second straight one-sided triumph by Class B, which won last year’s second game 82-64 in West Fargo. That ended a four-game winning streak by Class A.
The last time Class B swept the series was 2001 when B won 89-74 in Bismarck and 90-83 in Fargo.
Class B 84, Class A 72
Class B -- Cadyn Schwabe 13, Mason Hedberg 8, Ben Bohl 14, Seth Hetzel 9, Isaac Undlin 4, Michael Two Hearts 4, Cody Perkins 2, Alton Albrecht 10, Hayden Overby 18, Luke Tupa 2, Macauley Young 2. Totals: 36 FG, 7-10 FT, Three-pointers: Schwabe 3, Hetzel 3), 18 Turnovers.
Class A -- Christian Kuntz 5, Braeton Motschenbacher 7, Jared Kallenbach 4, Treyton Mattern 21, Leif Nelson 7, Joe Jahner 16, Julien Parisien 2, Mason Walters 7, Ben Schmidt 3. Totals: 24 FG, 15-24 FT, Three-pointers: Jahner 3, Mattern 2, Kuntz, Schmidt, Motschenbacher.