MINOT -- In the end, there could be only one, and that one is Thompson.
Hayden Overby had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead top-ranked Thompson to a 57-47 overtime win over Bismarck Shiloh Christian Saturday in the championship game of the state Class B boys basketball tournament at the Minot State Dome.
Thompson (26-1) won its first state basketball championship in its first trip to state and sent Shiloh (23-4) home without a crown for the 13th time.
The Skyhawks played the last 3:07 of overtime without 6-foot-9 post Macauley Young, who fouled out on Marcus Hughes’ 3-point attempt. Hughes boke a 45-45 tie by making all three free throws and Shiloh never led again.
“I can’t even process all this right now,” coach of the year Brandy George of Thompson said. “I want to cry, I want to scream, I want to yell. It’s unreal.”
The Tommies’ defense took away Shiloh’s best weapon -- the 3-pointer. One night after making 14 of 33 attempts, the Skyhawks were just 2-for-15.
“When they hit 14 of them last night, that was the focus of ours,” George said. “Young got away from us a little bit, but Chance Danner battled him all night. He ended up with his points. I thought we did a good job on their guards.”
Young was the only Shiloh player in double figures and he scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half. It was his third double-double of the tournament. Young took charge of the game in the third quarter scoring Shiloh’s last 10 points and 12 in all. His layup with 15 seconds left gave Shiloh a 37-35 lead with one quarter to play.
“He’s a good player and has good body control,” said Overby.
The second half was a game of runs. Young scored 14 points in a row for the Skyhawks in the third and fourth quarters. Overby countered with a run of six and 10 of 15. More dramatically, the lead changed hands on seven straight baskets and Young’s two free throws with 1:03 left.
Schwabe’s 3-pointer with 7:12 left in the game gave Thompson a 38-37 lead and set the stage for a dramatic finish.
Marcus Hughes made one of two free throws with 30.9 seconds left to tie it at 45 and Schwabe had a steal with 22.7 seconds left. The Tommies worked the clock own before Schwabe missed a 3-pointer with a second left and the game went into overtime.
Young missed a shot to open overtime and raced down court where he tried to block Hughes’ 3-point shot from the corner and knocked Hughes over, leading to the pivotal free throws for the Tommies.
Thompson’s first priority was defending the three without ignoring Young. Shiloh looked determined to get Young involved early as he scored Shiloh’s first points, blocked a shot and got fouled and went to the line where he made both shots in the first 5:12 of the game.
Thompson trailed 9-6 after one quarter but started the second on an 11-4 run. It took the lead on Overby’s layup with 6:19 to play in the half and Young picked up his second foul on Thompson’s next trip down the floor and sat for the last 5:06 of the half.
Danner’s short jumper with 18 seconds left gave Thompson a 25-17 lead. But Josh Lardy’s 3-pointer at the buzzer made it 25-20 at the break. One night after making 14 of 33 shots from 3-point range, Lardy’s 3-pointer was the Skyhawks’ first of the game on just six tries.
“Our game plan worked,” Schwabe said. “We didn’t want to let them get going from three.”
Schwabe, who was named tournament MVP, had 15 points. It was fitting since he had played a key role in Thompson’s remarkable year.
The Tommies already had a banner before the basketball postseason.
Last summer, Thompson won an American Legion baseball title.
In November, Thompson beat New Salem-Almont 42-28 for its second state nine-man football championship in three years.
The only title missing among the three “majors” was in basketball. Until this season, Thompson hadn’t even qualified for the state Class B tournament. To get to Minot, the Tommies had to knock off two-time defending champion Hillsboro-Central Valley in the Region 2 championship game. The Tommies came to Minot ranked No. 1 and riding an 11-game winning streak. The only blemish on their record is a 64-63 loss to Larimore.
Thompson beat Ellendale 58-49 in Thursday’s opening round, then needed overtime to beat Minot Ryan in Friday’s semifinals. Schwabe and Overby were the key players in both games.
Shiloh had earned its first title appearance in its 13th try, beating Beulah 54-46 in the first round and Richland 64-51 on a barrage of 3-pointers. The Skyhawks were 14-for-33 on 3-pointers against the Colts and came into the title game 20-for-47. Thompson, on the other hand, had attempted just 26 in the first two games.
“It’s a surreal feeling,” said Overby. “It’s something we’ve been working so hard for so many years to -- first of all get to it -- then win a title. It is amazing.”
THO 6 19 10 10 12 --57
S-C 9 11 17 8 2 --47
Thompson -- Chance Danner 4, Hayden Overby 21, Marcus Hughes 10, Cadyn Schwabe 15, Jacob Dick 4, Pierce Cooper 3
Shiloh Christian -- Jaden Mitzel 6, Macauley Young 25, Canaan Fagerland 2, Matthew Reep 4, Trey Brunelle 7, Josh Lardy 3
N.D. Class B All-Tournament team: Thompson -- Cadyn Schwabe, Hayden Overby; Minot Ryan -- Ben Bohl, Mason Hedberg; Shiloh Christian -- Macauley Young; Richland -- Cole Myers; Powers Lake -- Kyle VanBerkom; Beulah -- Trey Brandt; New Rockford-Sheyenne -- Teddy Allmaras; Ellendale -- Austin Molan
Tournament MVP: Cadyn Schwabe, Thompson
NDHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year: Ben Bohl, Minot Ryan
NDHSCA Coach of the Year: Brandy George, Thompson