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- Page 18 The Star Above: James Keplin flies in for an easy lay-up. Below: Hous- ton Davis get twoon a put-back against Williston. ‘ Braves 1 (Continued from Page 11) City for a re—match with Minot. Ear— lier this season, the Magicians got by Belcourt on their home court. l, On Friday, Turtle'Mountain will face off against Bismarck Century in the capitol city, looking to avenge a SEQ-point home loss last month. Saturday's game will take the Braves t0 Jamestown. In the last match-up, the Blue Jays won by 20. As of today (Monday), the Braves are sitting in eighth place in the 11— team West Region. Minot is in first with only one loss on the year and Jamestown is second at 10—2. Turtle Mountain's other opponent this week, Bismarck Century, is 8-4 and in fifth place. Bulldogs took a 24—21 lead into the half. The third quarter opened with a new plan for Rolla and it worked to near perfection. Coach Chad Leas put full—court pressure on the Comets and it led to a breakdown in Rolette’s offense and a boost for Rolla’s. Led by Mears’s and Andre Elick’s two three—pointers each and the re- emergence of Leas’s scoring ability, the Bulldogs blotted up the score- book with 21 points while holding Rolette to a mere eight. The press put the lights out in R0- lette as Rolla bounced back from a very physical loss to North Star Tues- day night. Leas and Xavier Mitchell 'led Rolla with 13 points each. Mears added 11 . The Elick twins and Deryk Thomas each had six points. Eight players scored for the Comets with Josh Belgarde leading ‘ the way with nine. Blake Mattson and Ben Kraft had eight while Montgomery Grant, Carter Casavant and Nate Tastad all putting in four. Rolette closed out their busy week with a road game on Saturday in Bot- tineau. The hometown Braves picked up a 70-39 win. The Bulldogs opened the week with a wild district matchup against North Star. The game could be a pre- view of the type of action teams will see when the district tournament rolls around in a couple of weeks. Both squads had chances to win, but a familiar lull early in the third quarter proved to be Rolla’s undoing in a 91-83 defeat. After feeling each other out in the games first couple of minutes, Rolla caught fire from beyond the three— point arch. Senior Xavier Mitchell got it started with a triple. Sopho- more Mitchell Leas followed with back-to-back treys and junior Deryk Thomas added a fourth for the Bull— dogs. The scoring barrage helped the Bulldogs get off to a 25-20 lead after the first quarter. Both teams stayed hot in the ‘sec- 0nd quarter but North Star used some effective free throw shooting to keep things close. The Bearcats made 19- 29 free throws in the game and only trailed by seven, 44-37 at halftime. Throughout the season one of Rolla ) Head coach ‘ Chas Leas’ biggest cdncerns has been his teams slow start to the second half. Al— though Rolla led by seven at the start of the third quarter, they would trial by a deuce when it was Over. Rolla actually didn’t start too slowly. Thomas came out and hit a triple on the first possession and Leas followed with a bucket to give the Bulldogs a 49-39 lead. The next three minutes, however, would be dominated by the Bearcats. North Star orchestrated a 12-0 run to turn a 10-point deficit into a 2—point advantage. Rolla was hit with back- to-baek turnovers during the run while the Bearcats offense hummed at a highly efficient rate. A layup by Leas snapped the scoring drought but a three-point basket by North Star freshman Dane Hagler helped the Bearcats maintain control of the game. Rolla trailed through much of the fourth quarter and in the waning mo- ments, the Bearcats’ lead swelled to seven points. Rolla made one last push with a quick 5-0 spurt by Leas. The Bulldogs needed a stop on de- fense but Hagler was left too open and buried a three-point basket, es- sentially sealing the game. Mitchell and Leas paced Rolla with 29 points each. Thomas added 19 in the loss. Ben Wagenman led all scorers with 32 tallies, including eight in the Bearcats decisive third quarter spurt. Hagler dropped 30 in the win. The Bulldogs capped off the busy week with an 80-66 win over Max. The visiting Cossacks came to Rolla without a win this year, but thanks to some hot shooting kept the outcome in question throughout the game. Max got off to a good start and led 20—17 after the first quarter. The Bulldogs cranked up the pres- HOP LocAL. EAT LocAL. SPEND LOCAL, ENJOY LOCAL. IT TAKES You T0 START TIIE TREIIII. SUPPORT THE LOCAL BUSlNESSES HO SUPPORT THE AREA WHERE YO. LIVE, WORK AND PLAY. Above: Logan Elick flew around the defense of Nate Tastad for two in Rolla’s win over Rolette. ' At right: Carter Casavant, left, tries to shake loose from the defense of Xavier Mitchell. sure in the second quarter and grabbed control of the game. Rolla hung up 23 points while limiting Max to only six in the stanza. The Bulldogs used a pressing defense to force some Max turnovers while also knocking the Cossacks out of their ‘ ilhythm offensively when they did manage to get the ball down the floor. Rolla opened the lead to 20 points in the second half but Max got right back into the game thanks to a 7-0 scoring spurt. Just as fast as Rollla gave up the big lead, they regained control and led the rest of the game. 3 Mitchell Leas cut and drove his way to, a game-high, 34 points. Xavier Mitchell added l7 and fellow seniors Logan Elick added nine, Mathias Brien finished with eight and Andre Elick dropped four in the win. FEBRUARY “Support allocal. charity this \ Giving Hearts l . Bulldogs (Continued from Page 11) . 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