VALLEY CITY, N.D. (NewsDakota.com)- Rebounding and creating turnovers put LaMoure/Litchville-Marion over in the second half and fueled their run to the school’s first Barnes County Tournament Championship since 2015. The Loboes defeated Enderlin 66-42 at The WE Osmon Fieldhouse.
It took nearly half of the opening quarter for either team to score, Enderlin got the first basket and ended the frame on top 10-9. LLM was able to tie the score at 16 and 21 in the second quarter.
They’d go on top when Rory Gentzkow had a 3 pointer to end the first half making it 24-21. Senior Alex Klever felt the basket put the momentum fully in The Loboes’ hands.
After 3 quarters LLM had a lead of 40-35; it was the final quarter when they really began to pull away from The Eagles. With Klever and Jamison Kramer leading the charge, The Loboes outscored Enderlin 26-7.
LLM won the rebounding battle 37-30 with 27 coming on the defensive end. The Eagles turned the ball over 17 times, The Loboes were credited with 12 steals.
Klever said there was a clear message heading into the game and that was to be first team to the basketball
Jamison Kramer scored 19 points to lead of group of 4 double figure scorers. Gentzkow finished the night with 5 3’s and 17 points, Shay Ness scored 14 and Klever 10.
Shay Ness and Jamison Kramer were both chosen for the all tournament team. Kramer was an unanimous selection.
The win puts the Loboes’ record at 7-2 overall, Klever says the tournament title will ultimately help them in reaching their season’s goal of a trip to state
LLM returns to district play Friday when they host Ellendale. January 26th they’ll have a rematch with Enderlin.