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Ulmer's jumper lifts 'A' team

BISMARCK - Mr. Basketball provided the key performance and a clutch shot, and was only outdone by a role player from the Class A state champions who made a clutch shot in the waning seconds.

BISMARCK - Mr. Basketball provided the key performance and a clutch shot, and was only outdone by a role player from the Class A state champions who made a clutch shot in the waning seconds.

Down 67-66, Class A's Michael Ulmer of Bismarck High hit a jumper from just inside the left elbow to send his team to a thrilling 68-67 win over Class B in the 2008 Lions All-Star Classic Tuesday at the Bismarck Civic Center.

"That was one of the best feelings of my life," Ulmer said.

"He made a tremendous shot," said Class A coach and state champion Bismarck High coach Steve Miller. "Michael made a good play."

The shot spoiled a spectacular effort from Killdeer senior Austin Dufault, who was Class B's first Mr. Basketball since Hunter Berg in 1995.

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With 20 seconds remaining and Class A holding on to a 66-64 lead, Dufault nailed a fadeaway 3-pointer from the left wing to give his team a 1-point lead.

"When it left my hand, it felt good," Dufault said. "I was hoping it would stay down."

The shot stayed down, capping a 24-point, 10-rebound performance from the University of Colorado recruit.

"I was definitely disappointed with the loss," Dufault said. "We thought we had it and we lost. It was a great shot by (Ulmer)."

Class B had an early lead in the first half and looked impressive, getting out to a 17-10 lead. However, Class A fought its way back with a 10-0 run with less than 7 minutes remaining in the first half. From there, it was a battle for both teams as they struggled to get ahead by more than five points.

Dickinson's Taylor Bruhschwein finished with six points on two 3-pointers. He had a third made 3-pointer called off by an offensive foul away from the ball.

Bruhschwein, who was on the court, said he was praying for Ulmer's shot to go in.

"I was thinking 'please, go in'," Bruhschwein said. "He's been knocking down those jumpers in practice."

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Class A was led in scoring by Ryan Malm of Bismarck High, who had an excellent game. He finished with a team-high 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

"Ryan did a good job of picking his spots," Miller said.

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