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BOYS BASKETBALL: Grafton rally comes up short

MINOT--Grafton rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to force overtime Saturday. But Cody Springer dominated the extra session as Northern Cass beat the Spoilers 64-61 in the consolation championship of the North Dakota Class B boy...

MINOT-Grafton rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter to force overtime Saturday. But Cody Springer dominated the extra session as Northern Cass beat the Spoilers 64-61 in the consolation championship of the North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball tournament.

Grafton was down 38-25 in the third quarter and 44-37 entering the fourth. The Spoilers outscored Northern Cass 17-10 in the fourth quarter. Marcus Niemann hit a layup with 1:20 left in regulation to tie the score at 54 and force OT.

The Spoilers were up 59-56 early in the extra session. But Springer hit a pair of free throws, put the Jaguars ahead with a layup off an offensive rebound, then hit two more free throws. Springer finished with a season-high 32 points after scoring 31 on Friday.

Grafton got back within 62-61 on a pair of Niemann free throws. But a blocked shot and rebound by Logan Nelson with 12 seconds left set up Dawson Hayden for two free throws to ice the win.

Brant Bohmert added 14 points for the Jaguars.

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Grafton playmaker Jason Garza fouled out with 2:19 left in OT, as did leading scorer Landon Droog with 40 seconds left and the Spoilers trailing by one.

"Without Jason and Landon on the floor, that made it tough for us,'' Grafton coach Riley Lillemoen said. "They're huge parts of our offense. When we score, it's usually from Jason making things happen off the dribble.

"We knew we could make enough stops (when trailing by 13) to make it interesting. And our offense picked it up at that point.''

Niemann scored 20 points, Droog 19 and Andrew Schaan 15 for the Region 2 champion Spoilers, who finished the season with an 18-10 record.

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