HASKELL - Four Bismarck Lions scored in double figures as the team set a season-high with 12 3-pointers in a 64-54 victory over the Haskell Harmony Grove Cardinals at Dan Henley Fieldhouse in Haskell on Tuesday night.
Brady Depriest led Bismarck with five 3-pointers and 15 points, while Zach Webb had four 3-pointers for the Lions and finished with 14 points. Gunnar Calhoun had nine rebounds to go with 13 points and Cade Beckwith had 11points and six rebounds, four of which were on offense.
“It was a good win for us on the road and it was a conference game, so we really needed that,” Bismarck head basketball coach Chase Reid said. “I felt like they really outworked us in the first half and played well. In the second half, I thought we responded well and showed better fight.”
Depriest opened the game with a 3-pointer, but was answered Jason Gatti answered for Harmony Grove. Webb hit a 3-pointer from the deep left corner for Bismarck and made his second trey from the same spot nearly 40 seconds later. After a Harmony Grove turnover, Depriest hit a 3-pointer for a 12-3 Bismarck lead with 4:20 to play in the first quarter.
The Cardinals made two free throws, but Webb hit his third 3-pointer in a row for the Lions to make it 15-5. Seth Limoges made a 3-pointer for Harmony Grove and Gatti made a basket before Limoges finished out the quarter with a basket and a 3-pointer to tie the game 15-15.
Limoges gave the Cardinals the lead with a 3-pointer to start the second quarter, but Sawyer Hardage came in off the Lions bench and made a 3-pointer. Jayden Howell made a free throw for a 19-18 Bismarck lead, but Gatti completed a three-point play and Limoges made a 3-pointer to put the Cardinals up by four points, 23-19.
Beckwith hit a 3-pointer for Bismarck from the top of the key and hit a second one from the same area with 3:05 to play in the first half to tie the game at 25-25. Harmony Grove took a two-point lead, but a free throw from Dylan Clayton and a basket inside by Calhoun put Bismarck back in front 28-27 with 1:01 to go in the half. Limoges put in a basket and the Cardinals added two free throws to take a 31-28 lead at the break.
The Lions made eight of 12 3-point shots in the first half against the Cardinals.
“That is more than we hit in the last two games combined,” Reid said.
However at halftime, Harmony Grove had the lead and was led by Limoges’ 16 points.
In the third period, Beckwith opened it by making two free throws and Webb hit his fourth 3-pointer of the game. Webb drove the lane for a short jump shot to put the Lions up 35-21 and Depriest made another 3-pointer to keep the Lions in front by four points. Calhoun made a steal and passed to Howell for a basket and a 40-34 Bismarck lead with 3:52 to go in the period. Calhoun put in three free throws and added a basket to make it 45-36, but Harmony Grove completed a 3-point play to cut the Lions lead to 45-39 by the end of the third.
Harmony Grove made a 3-pointer to start the fourth quarter and cut the lead to three points, but Depriest answered with a trey for Bismarck. The Cardinals made another 3-pointer and put in an offensive rebound basket that cut the Lions lead down to 48-47 with 6:01 to play. After a timeout, Depriest connected on another 3-pointer for Bismarck and Calhoun made two baskets inside to put the Lions up 55-49 with 3:34 left.
Harmony Grove hit a 3-pointer, but Howell scored for Bismarck. Clayton and Beckwith made two free throws apiece to build the Lions lead to 61-52 with 1:05 to play. Calhoun broke free for a dunk in the final 20 seconds and Beckwith added a free throw to bring the Bismarck lead to 10 points with 6.9 seconds remaining.
“Brady Depriest shot the ball really good tonight and we’ve been needing that,” Reid said. “He also played really good defense in the second half and didn’t let their scorer have any points. And Zach Webb, he hasn’t gotten too much playing time, but he has really stepped up his game. I can’t say enough about what he has done out there.”
Limoges finished the game tied with Logan Whitley with 16 points for Harmony Grove. The Cardinals suffered 14 turnovers against Bismarck’s defense.
“The defense was the main thing,” Reid said. “The were outworking us and getting too many second chances, but we finally got some key stops there at the end.”