March 19, 2010

Warriors win Region 8 crown

Warriors win Region 8 crown
Strong 3rd quarter lifts Mandaree over New Town

By MARVIN BAKER
EDITOR

David Dobbs sank three consecutive three-pointers to open the third quarter giving Mandaree the momentum it needed to win the Region 8 title against the New Town Eagles last Thursday night at Williston State College.
After battling it out in the first half, Mandaree took control, winning the contest 70-56 setting up a Class B State Tournament date with the Carrington Cardinals in the Minot State University Dome.
Dobbs was sluggish in the first half, but caught fire in the third nailing his three treys to go along with a Michael DeVille three-pointer.
Following that explosion, Mandaree went into a sort of a stall to eat up some of the clock knowing New Town was certainly capable of coming back from a deficit as they have shown all season long.
And indeed, that is kind of what happened.
New Town was down 60-40 when the fourth quarter opened but the Eagles began chipping away at that big lead and at one point cut their deficit to 11 points.
But then Dobbs hit yet another three-pointer and DeVille worked several fast breaks to add to Mandaree’s cushion.
Late in the fourth New Town’s Preston Smith showed his strength underneath with a couple of spectacular buckets, but the clock ran out.
The game in the first half was much different as both teams played neck and neck with Mandaree taking a 33-30 lead into the halftime locker room.
In fact, there were nine lead changes and four ties in the first half of basketball. Not to be outdone by Dobbs, Justin Many Ribs hit three consecutive three-pointers to start the second quarter and give the Eagles a 23-20 lead.
 


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