ST. JOSEPH — The Bismarck-Henning Blue Devils saw their season come to an end, as they were defeated 64-55 by the St. Joseph-Ogden Spartans in the Class 2A Regional final on Friday night at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in St. Joseph.
Bismarck-Henning finishes a stellar season at 26-4, kept the game close with the Spartans for much of the contest, but ultimately, the outside shooting by St. Joseph-Ogden was too much down the stretch.
“They (St. Joseph-Ogden) have so many offensive weapons that every time we keyed on Nate (Michael), other guys would step up and knock one down,” Blue Devils Coach Jon Clapp said.
The Spartans led at the end of the first quarter by a 12-8 margin, but extended that cushion to 31-19 at the break.
Clapp, who was very accommodating of his team’s performance in the game, thought they played with St. Joseph-Ogden for the better part of the second half.
“We actually outscored them 36-33 in the second half, and could have very easily come out and laid down, but the team showed great resilience and never quit”, Clapp said.
Dylan Allen, the Blue Devils’ sophomore point guard, led the team in scoring with 23 points, while center Wilde Garowski added 10. Garowski, who ended up fouling out of the game late, also had six rebounds in the game.
“We only had one bad quarter in the game, and that pretty much killed us,” Allen said. “We tried to key on Michael, but other guys just beat us, and if it wouldn’t have been for that second quarter, things might have been different.”
Michael led St. Joseph-Ogden in scoring with a game-high 24 points, while fellow senior Brent Schluter added 19. It was Michael that buried some big shots in that fateful second quarter that ultimately did the Blue Devils in.