Corey's Corner 1/17

Posted 1/17/18 (Wed)

               We had a great mix of the college and high school game on BEK this past week, as we got a taste of hoops from across the Peace Garden State. So let’s jump right in with our basketball buffet.

               We start out with some NJCAA action as the Bismarck State Mystics took on Dakota College. And the Mystics got going fast. Faith Dionne was almost unstoppable for BSC, while Jaycee Walter got running as well. Each of them had massive first halves, powering the Mystics way out in front. Kennedy Sondrol did roll from beyond the arc for the Jacks, and Madison Erickson anchored the coverage underneath. But BSC never let up. Nicole Bunting got in on the action, and the Mystics stayed the course. BSC would take the women’s game with ease.

               We stick with the college game, but bump it up to the NCAA ranks as Mary Marauders took on their rival from the other side of the NSIC: Minnesota State. The Mavs fell to Minot State the day before their trip to Bismarck, so they came in angry. Still, the division leaders got all they could handle from the Marauders, who themselves had a tough loss in comeback fashion to CSP. The first few minutes were a showcase for Cameron Kirksey and the Mavs, as their athleticism really jumped off the court. He wound up with 26. But the night was really exemplified by Chris Kendrix, who didn’t miss a single three (took five) and wound up 6/6 plus 4/4 from the stripe. Overall, the Mavs shot over 60 percent from the field. You don’t lose too many when you play like that. It’s frustrating for Mary, as they had a good shooting night for the second night in a row. Keith Hunter had a huge weekend, and Connor Hellebust got going in the second half. Those two kept Mary in it, and MSU never really pulled away. It was a hard fought game, but it was simply too much offense for the Mavericks. They got their bounceback win, and held on to their division lead. Meanwhile, the youth for Mary continues to step into the spotlight and make a difference for the Marauders.

               Our final game in this look back brings us to the high school ranks, specifically the Eastern Dakota Conference as the Valley City Hi-Liners took on the Bruins of Fargo South. The boys game showcased a South team that is still working towards its new identity with the absence of Kaleb Johnson. An outstanding point guard, like a great QB, is a pivotal piece. Still, Fargo South has the talent to continue to make plays. They did. Kiir Mabor got off to an outstanding shooting start, then he flowed into the assist column with ease. The transition from guard play to success in the key was seamless for South. Dawson Weisenberger and Charles Bennington were a dynamic duo underneath, and they controlled the game. South got out in front early, and didn’t look back. Matthew Lyter had a great game for the Hi-Liners, but South had too many weapons in this one. The Bruins got their win heading into the toughest part of their schedule. Meanwhile, Valley continues to grow after a big group of seniors departed last year.