The Bismarck Lions wrapped up the Second Annual Farmers Bank and Trust Shootout Saturday night against the Centerpoint Knights, but the Lions were unable to overcome a first quarter slump that put them in a deep hole to start the game.
The Lions could not get a shot to fall in the first period, garnering only a single three-pointer, while the Knights’ shots fell like rain for a 27-3 lead after eight minutes.
The second period was much better for the Lions as they added 19 points while holding their opponents to 13 to cut their deficit to 18, 40-22.
Both teams fought back and forth after the break, but the Knights retained the lead, 51-32, with eight minutes left in the game.
The Knights were able to hold the Lions to only a single bucket in the final period as they added nine to secure the 60-34 win.
Cameron Davis led the Lions with 10 points on the night.
Jansen Hardage put up 9, and Colton Davis added 5.
Ian Jenkins and Chance McMillan had four, and Jared Compton two.
The Lions will be back in action Thursday as they travel to Mt. Ida to face the Lions in their final game before kicking off their conference season. Tip-off will follow the junior and senior girls games.