GLEN ROSE - The Bismarck Lions clinched a spot in the region tournament next week thanks to Gunnar Calhoun’s 29 points in a 62-44 win over the Mayflower Eagles on Tuesday night at Glen Rose High School in the 5-3A district tournament quarterfinals.
Calhoun was unstoppable all night. He scored 14 of his total points in a 24-point Bismarck fourth quarter that put the game out of reach for Mayflower.
“I thought we started off good, especially defensively in the first half,” Bismarck head basketball coach Chase Reid said. “Jayden Howell hit some shots early that really got us going and helped us get u double-digits at the half.”
Calhoun scored six points in the first period, while Jayden Howell made two 3-pointers, while defensively, the Lions held the Eagles to only six points and led 12-6. In the second period, Calhoun put in two more field goals, but Brady Depriest made two free throws, hit a 3-pointer and had a field goal in the second. Howell added another 3-pointer and made a field goal as Bismarck outscored Mayflower 16-7 in the second period to take a 28-13 halftime lead.
“We knew they would make a run and they did in the third quarter,” Reid said. “We struggled against their pressure in the third, but we were able to settle down in the fourth and pull away.”
Mayflower came out of the break and made two 3-pointers in a 16-point third quarter, but the Lions managed to get 10 points in the quarter to lead 38-29 by the time the fourth period came around. In the third though, Calhoun put in a field goal and completed a three-point play. Depriest put in a 3-pointer and Austin Simms scored a basket for Bismarck.
In the final period, the Eagles tried to open up the game and run with the Lions, but Calhoun put a stop to that strategy by hitting seven field goals in the period. Dylan Clayton added two baskets and made three of four free throws and Colton McMullin put in a basket and added one of two free throws as the Lions outscored the Eagles 24-15 to move out to an 18-point win.
“Gunnar Calhoun played a great game,” Reid said. “He had 29 points and 14 in the fourth quarter. Brady Depriest added 10 points, Jayden finished with 11…it was big for us to handle their run and be able to finish. Hopefully, that will give us some confidence moving forward.”
The Lions take on Episcopal Collegiate in the district semifinals Thursday.