MINOT - The top seeds all advanced to the semifinal round at the North Dakota boys Class B basketball tournament Thursday, but that doesn't mean it was easy.
Number one seed Thompson, making its debut at the state tournament couldn't shake a solid Ellendale team until the final moments to pull away for a 58-44 victory. Cadyn Schwabe sparked the Tommies with a game high 23 points, Hayden Overby added in 14 points to pace Thompson. Austin Molan had 23 points for the Cardinals who hung with the top team in the state into the fourth quarter.
Thompson improves to 24-1 on the season and will match up with Bishop Ryan in the semifinals. The Lions, playing next door to their school were inspired by Mr Basketball finalist Ben Bohl, who scored a game high 29 points, making four three-pointers. Fellow all-state player Mason Hedberg added 21 points as Bishop Ryan beat New Rockford-Sheyenne 62-56. Teddy Allmaras paced the Rockets with 16 points before fouling out.
Bishop Ryan and Thompson played earlier this season on December 29th in Minot, a 73-57 Tommie win.
Second seeded Shiloh Christian advanced to the semifinals with a 54-46 win over Beulah. 6'9 senior Macauley Young went for 17 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Skyhawks. Jaden Mitzel chipped in 13 points in the win. They will face Richland in the semis, after the Colts held off Powers Lake, 65-63.
Four Richland players were in double figures, led by Gavin Reiland's 19 points, Colten Evanson and Hunter Lentz each had 13 points. Powers Lake was led by Noah Frederickson's 18 points as the Ranchers ended an 80 year drought at the state tournament.
WDAY's coverage begins at 6:30 with Richland and Shiloh Christian, followed by Thompson and Bishop Ryan.