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Boys basketball: Riders slip past Bruins

Holding the ball for the last possession and a chance to win the game, there wasn't a lot of secrecy to Grand Forks Red River's final shot. "We knew Luke (Schreiner) would be taking the shot," Fargo South coach Mike Hendrickson said. "Granted, ev...

Holding the ball for the last possession and a chance to win the game, there wasn't a lot of secrecy to Grand Forks Red River's final shot.

"We knew Luke (Schreiner) would be taking the shot," Fargo South coach Mike Hendrickson said. "Granted, everyone in the gym knew that's who they wanted to take the shot."

Forget deception. Schreiner still came through for the Roughriders.

With 4.8 seconds left, Schreiner was fouled on a drive to the basket and his resulting free throws lifted the Riders to a 77-75 win over the Bruins on Friday in the Red River gymnasium.

"We wanted to isolate Luke a little bit," Red River coach Jason Gregory said. "He did such a great job of passing all night that when he drove this time there wasn't much defensive help on him and he was fouled."

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After losing three straight games to start the season, Red River has won three straight, including a win over No. 2-ranked Fargo North.

"The key for us is getting everyone involved," said Gregory, who had four players in double figures against the Bruins. "We've been pretty good with that the last three games and that's why we've won three in a row."

Schreiner, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, led the way with 21 points, while Tyler Thompson had 15, Mack Arvidson had 12 (all in the first half) and Matt Lee had 11.

Schreiner's play in the final two minutes helped the Riders salvage a win after allowing a 15-point lead slip away.

Despite leading 46-31 late in the first half, the Bruins took a 71-66 lead with 3:15 remaining in the second half. South went on a 10-0 run, behind four points apiece from Ronny Kazane and Andrew Okland, between 6:15 left and 3:15 remaining.

However, Thompson knocked down two big 3-pointers to reverse momentum and give the Riders a 72-71 edge.

"Tyler showed a lot of senior leadership and mental toughness there," Gregory said. "I told him in the huddle that he was going to knock down the next shot he took, so I guess he listened to his coach."

The Bruins, though, weren't finished yet. Kazane, who was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line, made two free throws with 2:44 remaining to give the Bruins a 73-72 lead.

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The Riders responded with a three-point play by Zach Soleim to retake a two-point lead. Schreiner drew defensive attention on a drive and slipped a pass down low to Soleim, who scored and drew the contact.

Okland made two free throws with 34 seconds left to tie the game at 75 and set up Schreiner's heroics.

The Bruins had one final shot, but Matt Wawers' 35-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer went off the back iron.

"Our whole season has gone that way," Hendrickson said. "We have a lead, we lose a lead . . . We played our hearts out, but we have to learn to sustain. (Red River's) a good club on their home court, but it's still a loss."

South's Landon Poss, who fouled out on a charge call late in the second half, finished with a team-high 19 points. He was joined in double figures by Brad Shaw (15) and Frank Rutter (13).

The Bruins dropped to 2-6.

GF Red River 77,

Fargo South 75

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Key play: Luke Schreiner's two free throws with 4.8 seconds left.

Key player: Schreiner, game-high 21 points.

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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