HASKELL - Bismarck’s Colton McMullin scored 23 of his team-high 26 points on Tuesday night to lead the junior Lions past the Haskell Harmony Grove junior Cardinals 46-39 at Dan Henley gymnasium in Haskell.
Collier Robertson added eight points, while Jacob Loy scored five for the Lions. Six different Bismarck players scored in the victory.
Harmony Grove opened the game with a 7-0 run through most of the first quarter. James Kegley made one of two free throws to put the Lions on the scoreboard with 1:09 left in the period. The Cardinals added another basket for a 9-1 lead by the end of the first.
Bismarck outscored Harmony Grove 11-5 in the second half to make a game of it. Loy put in two free throws and McMullin added one of two from the line. Robertson made a steal and Loy hit a 3-pointer for the Lions to complete a 7-0 run to get within two points with 4:30 left before halftime.
The Cardinals took a 12-7 lead before Colby Hurt hit a 3-pointer. McMullin tied the game at 12-12 with two free throws with 2:02 remaining in the half. Harmony Grove scored twice to take a 16-12 lead at the break.
McMullin scored for Bismarck to start the third quarter and Robertson made a shot to tie the game at 16-16. McMullin put in one of two free throws, but Harmony Grove took toe lead back with three straight points. McMullin added two more free throws and tied the game with a 3-pointer at 22-22 with 1:34 to go in the third quarter.
The Cardinals made a 3-pointer and added three more points to take a 28-22 lead in the final 25.5 of the period, but McMullin pu tin two free throws with 16.9 seconds left to get the Lions to within four points, 28-24.
McMullin stole a Harmony Grove pass and hit a 3-pointer for Bismarck to start the fourth quarter. The Cardinals retook the lead by three 30-27, but Robertson tied the game with a 3-pointer for the Lions. McMullin put in two free throws and give Bismarck the lead with 3:41 to play. Harmony Grove tied it at 32-32, but McMullin hit a 3-pointer and put in a free throw within a minute for the Lions. Kegley continued the Bismarck run with a steal and a converted layup to make it 38-32 with 1:54 left in the game.
Robertson and Josh Allsup sank free throws for a 40-35 Bismarck lead with 1:16 remaining. Harmony Grove made two free throws, but Robertson answered by making his two free throws for the Lions. After a Cardinals basket to get within three points, Robertson missed two free throws, but got his own rebound and passed to McMullin, who was fouled. McMullin put in one of two free throws with 28.1 seconds left to make it 43-39.
Kegley made a steal in the final 15 seconds and McMullin completed a three-point play with 6.8 seconds to go to ice it for the Lions.