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Back-to-back Burros: Hillsboro-Central Valley hits overtime buzzer-beater to win Class B boys state championship

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Cade Baesler, facing front, screams in celebration as his Hillsboro-Central Valley teammates hoist Ryan Troftgruben on their shoulders as he thrusts his arms in the air after making the game winning basket over Minot Ryan in overtime for the North Dakota Class B boys basketball state championship Saturday night at the Bismarck Event Center. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune2 / 5
Carson Henningsgard (3) of Hillsboro-Central Valley shoots over Minot Ryan's Anthony Vetter (32) in the first half of the North Dakota Class B state boys basketball title game at the Bismarck Event Center on Saturday. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune3 / 5
Jack Camrud (44) of Hillsboro-Central Valley drives the baseline past Minot Ryan center Jacob Lizotte before dishing it off to a teammate in the first half of the North Dakota Class B state boys basketball title game at the Bismarck Event center on Saturday. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune4 / 5
Hillboro-Central Valley forward Landon Reed, back, attemps to steal the basketball from Mason Hedberg of Minot Ryan in the first half of the North Dakota Class B state boys basketball title game at the Bismarck Event Center. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune5 / 5

BISMARCK — Sixty-three points was enough to earn Hillsboro-Central Valley a state championship last year. It simply delayed the inevitable this year.

Ryan Troftgruben's 3-pointer with three seconds to play in overtime gave the Burros a 73-71 win over Minot Ryan on Saturday in the championship game of the North Dakota Class B state boys basketball tournament at the Bismarck Event Center.

Troftgruben took a feed in the corner and knocked down his third 3-pointer of the game to give the Burros their second straight state title. He finished with 11 points.

"Every time I shoot it, I feel good. You've got to have that as a shooter," Troftgruben said. "I felt just like money."

Tournament MVP Carson Henningsgard led the Burros with 22 points. Jack Camrud had a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds. It was his third double-double of the tourney. Cade Baesler and Tyler Bergstrom each added 11 points.

Ryan got off the deck in the fourth quarter and outscored the defending state champs 17-5 down the stretch to force overtime.

"It was a special championship game," Ryan head coach Jeremy Feller said. "The kids didn't give up. Kudos to our kids."

Mason Hedberg's 3-pointer with nine seconds to go in regulation sent the game into overtime tied at 63-63. His two free throws with seconds remaining in overtime would have been the game-winners for Ryan had Troftgruben not connected.

Hedberg finished with 21 points to lead the Lions, while Ben Bohl added 24 and Anthony Vetter 16.

Troftgruben said the Burros were composed heading into overtime.

"It was a totally new game at that point. It wasn't like we were down by any means, we just had to play it like any game," Troftgruben said.

The Burros became the first Class B team since May-Port-CG in 2002 and 2003 — and just the 11th all time — to win two straight state championships. The Burros accomplished the feat once before, in 1973 and 1974.

Ryan (25-3) struggled from the field as the game got underway. It hit just two of its first nine shots while the Burros got six quick points from Baesler to take a 13-5 lead. The Lions got within 13-10, but still trailed 15-10 after the first quarter.

Hillsboro-CV led 23-21 after Bohl banked in a 3-pointer with 3:05 left in the half. But Henningsgard had a 3-pointer and free throw down the stretch and Baesler added a jumper to give the Burros a 29-23 lead at half.

Hillsboro-CV closed the season with 19 straight wins after a 71-67 loss to Four Winds-Minnewaukan. Ryan had its 15-game winning streak snapped. The Lions, who won three other titles at St. Leo's, were bidding for their second title as Bishop Ryan, the first coming in 1994.

The state title was the sixth for the Hillsboro program, leaving it two behind the eight won by Mayville, including those with as co-ops with Portland, Clifford and Galesburg.

HCV 15 29 48 63 73

MR 10 23 41 63 71

HCV (26-1): Henningsgard 3 13-16 22, Suchor 1 0-0 3, Baesler 5 1-1 11, Troftgruben 3 2-2 11, Bergstrom 4 3-6 11, Reed 0 0-0 0, Camrud 5 5-6 15. Totals 21 24-31 73.

MR (25-3): Shean 1 1-1 3, Bohl 7 7-10 24, Hedberg 5 8-8 21, Burckhard 0 0-0 0, Udekwe 0 0-0 0, Vetter 6 4-9 16, Sowitch 2 0-0 5, Lizotte 1 0-3 2. Totals 22 20-31 71.

3-point goals: Henningsgard 3, Suchor, Troftgruben 3, Bohl 3, Hedberg 3, Sowitch. Total fouls: HCV 25, MR 24. Fouled out: Reed, Camrud. Rebounds: HCV 35 (Camrud 17), MR 26 (Bohl 7, Sowitch 7). Assists: HCV 10 (Henningsgard 6), MR 8 (three players with 2). Turnovers: HCV 14, MR 7.

Third place

St. John 56, Carrington 52

Kyler McGillis poured in a game-high 27 points as St. John scored a 56-52 victory against Carrington to win third place.

Adam Jollie added 12 points and five rebounds for the Woodchucks.

Jayden Shipman led Carrington with 12 points and nine rebounds. Trey Rosenau added 11 points.

C 12 24 45 52

SJ 16 22 36 56

C (23-3): Johnson 0 0-0 0, Bickett 3 0-0 6, Page 3 1-2 7, Shipman 4 2-2 12, Nelson 3 1-2 8, Smith 1 0-0 2, Rosenau 5 1-2 11, Vetter 3 0-0 6. Totals 22 5-8 52.

SJ (24-2): Davis 1 1-1 4, Jollie 6 0-0 12, Gunville 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Prouty 1 2-2 4, Parisien 1 0-0 3, McGillis 12 3-6 27, Defender 2 2-3 6. Totals 23 8-12 56.

3-point goals: Shipman 2, Nelson, Davis, Parisien. Total fouls: C 13, SJ 8. Rebounds: C 36 (Shipman 9), SJ 38 (Prouty 13). Assists: C 9 (three players with 2), SJ 9 (Prouty 6). Turnovers: C 16, SJ 10.

Fifth place

Beulah 50, Shiloh Christian 47

Derek Ferebee scored 14 points and added four assists to help lift Beulah to a 50-47 victory against Bismarck Shiloh Christian for fifth place.

Logan Miller added 13 points for the Miners, while Michael Schmidt chipped in eight points and 11 rebounds.

Jaden Mitzel paced Shiloh Christian with 15 points.

B 9 24 39 50

SC 15 23 34 47

B (22-5): Dolbec 2 0-0 4, Vallejo 0 0-0 0, Miller 6 1-4 13, Gierke 0 0-0 0, Brandt 2 0-0 4, Ferebee 4 6-7 14, Weigel 2 2-2 7, Yeager 0 0-0 0, Schmidt 3 0-0 8. Totals 19 9-13 50.

SC (20-7): Fagerland 1 2-3 4, Reep 2 1-2 6, Kuehn 0 0-0 0, Walth 0 0-0 0, Brunelle 3 2-2 10, Lardy 0 0-0 0, Mitzel 5 4-4 15, Baker 0 0-0 0, Young 5 2-2 12. Totals 16 11-13 47.

3-point goals: Weigel, Schmidt 2, Reep, Brunelle, Mitzel. Total fouls: B 12, SC 16. Rebounds: B 35 (Schmidt 11), SC 34 (Young 14). Assists: B 8 (Ferebee 4), SC 10 (Reep 3, Kuehn 3). Turnovers: B 9, SC 10.

Seventh place

Wyndmere-Lidgerwood 65, Stanley 59 (ot)

Luke Foertsch scored 27 points to lead Wyndmere-Lidgerwood to a 65-59 overtime victory against Stanley for seventh place.

Wyatt Harles added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Warbirds.

Wyatt Hanson paced Stanley with 27 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals.

S 14 31 40 56 59

WL 16 22 38 56 65

S (22-5): Patten 5 0-0 10, W. Hanson 8 8-10 27, Gunderson 0 0-0 0, Bieri 0 0-0 0, McIntosh 0 0-0 0, Dauwalder 0 0-0 0, Lee 1 0-0 2, K. Hanson 7 2-6 16, Gorder 0 0-0 0, Wenger 0 0-0 0, R. Hanson 2 0-0 4. Totals 23 10-16 59.

WL (22-4): Foertsch 9 8-8 27, Jelinek 0 0-2 0, Frolek 0 0-0 0, Barton 1 0-0 3, P. Bohnenstingl 0 0-0 0, Braaten 4 0-0 8, Harles 6 1-2 16, Petermann 0 0-0 0, Buchholz 0 0-0 0, A. Bohnenstingl 3 2-4 8, Vasquez 1 0-3 3, Heitkamp 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 11-19 65.

3-point goals: W. Hanson 3, Foertsch, Barton, Harles 3, Vasquez. Total fouls: S 17, WL 13. Fouled out: McIntosh. Rebounds: S 47 (W. Hanson 12), WL 41 (Harles 10). Assists: S 11 (W. Hanson 6), WL 11 (Foertsch 4). Turnovers: S 22, WL 13.

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