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Thompson's Overby keys region win over Hatton-Northwood

The 6-foot sophomore hit six 3-pointers to lead the Tommies to the region semifinals.

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Thompson's Karter Peterson dribbles around Hatton-Northwood's Kelby Azure in the second half of their Region 2 quarterfinal game at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center Monday.
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GRAND FORKS — The brothers might be vastly different players, but the Thompson boys basketball team has another Overby scoring big at the North Dakota Region 2 boys basketball tournament.

Hayden Overby was a 6-foot-6 post who led the Tommies to a 2019 Class B state championship.

On Monday afternoon, Drew Overby showed he likes to get his points from the outside.

The 6-foot sophomore hit six 3-pointers en route to a team-high 18 points as the Tommies beat Hatton-Northwood 71-43 in the region quarterfinals at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

"Drew really has the ability, when his feet are set, to shoot it well," said Thompson coach Brandy George, whose team improved to 17-5 overall. "You never know in a bigger building like this how it'll go when you haven't played in one all year, so I was glad to see him do that.

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"Drew is built different and wired different (than Hayden). Hayden was a stretch-four, while Drew is more catch-and-shoot. There's not many shots he doesn't like."

No. 1 seed Thompson plays the winner of Grafton and May-Port-C-G at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the region semifinals

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Thompson's Drew Overby dribbles up the court against Hatton-Northwood Monday in the Region 2 quarterfinal Monday at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Tommies didn't need to rely on leading scorer Kyle Odenbach, a 6-4 senior who averages nearly 13 points per game.

Odenbach finished with four points.

After Overby's 18 points, 6-2 freshman Jakob Starcevic had 17 points and 6-foot senior guard Tyler Cunningham had 12.

The Tommies took control midway through the first quarter against Hatton-Northwood.

After falling behind 6-1, Thompson went on 14-0 run across just three minutes.

The run was jump-started by a couple of spinning moves in the paint by Starcevic. The rally was capped by an Overby 3-pointer and a Brayden Wolfgram basket to make it 15-6 with 2:30 left in the first quarter.

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Wolfgram, a 5-8 sophomore guard, finished with eight points.

"When they can hit those outside shots, it opens things on the inside for Jakob, Kyle and Karter (Peterson)," George said. "If you can't hit those, defenses are going to collapse. It's nice for us to have that outside option."

The Thunder were led by Kelby Azure, who finished with a game-high 21 points. Levi Jorgenson added 11.

Thompson 71,
Hatton-Northwood 43
Halftime: Thompson 38, Hatton-Northwood 25
Hatton-Northwood — Kaleb Braun 4, Levi Jorgenson 11, Austin Rygg 2, Derek Carpenter 5, Kelby Azure 21
Thompson — Drew Overby 18, Tyler Cunningham 12, Karter Peterson 7, Brayden Wolfgram 8, Connor Welsh 3, Thomas Schumacher 2, Jakob Starcevic 17, Kyle Odenbach 4

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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