James Valley Christian’s Andrew Ulvestad takes the ball to the basket against Wolsey-Wessington’s Hayden Hooks during the District 9B title game on Thursday at Huron Arena. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON — After 32 minutes of basketball nothing had been settled in the District 5B Boys‘ Championship Game, and even with almost all of the four-minute overtime session.
It wasn’t until with 1.5 seconds to play when junior Andrew Ulvestad hit the first of two free throws that put the James Valley Christian School Vikings up 62-58 over the Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds making it a two possession game. Hit followed with the second free throw and even if a heave at the buzzer by the Warbirds would have been sunk they would have run out of time and two points short.
The Warbirds trailed by three-points entering the final quarter but tied the game up as sophomore Lorenzo Williams hit the first of a trio of three-pointers, tying it at 39.
The lead then began to bounce back-and-forth between the teams.
Senior Nathan Wedel hit a pair of free throws to regain the lead but Williams hit again from three-point distance to put Wolsey-Wessington up 42-41.
Wedel answered with a basket from inside, but Lorenzo hit his final three-pointer to recapture the lead 45-43 with just less than five minutes to play.
After a Viking turnover senior Roy Lumpkin drove down the right side of the lane to put the Warbirds up 47-43.
Wolsey-Wessington missed a chance to increase the lead as Williams stole the inbounds pass but the Warbirds couldn’t convert and James Valley Christian pulled back to within two points as Wedel got a nice entry pass which led to another basket inside.
Junior Alex Babcock pushed the lead back to four points after hitting a pair of free throws with just under three minutes to play to make it 49-45.
The Vikings, which outrebounded the Warbirds 30-23, needed three offensive rebounds on the next possession before senior Leon Brondsema drove the lane for a basket, pulling his team within two, 49-47 with 1:45 on the clock.
Brondsema got a block of a Warbird shot the next time down the court and the Vikings followed with a timeout at 1:17.
James Valley tied it up as Wedel was fouled and sank a pair of free throws with 67 seconds to play.
Both teams had chances during the final minute but neither team could break the tie forcing overtime.
The Vikings built an early 54-52 lead in the first two minutes of the four-minute overtime as Adam Hofer hit a jumper and Wedel had a field goal and free throw.
Williams countered with a three-point play and the Warbirds eventually tied it as Babcock scored on a post move and was fouled with 1:38 to play.
He missed the free throw but as the Vikings couldn’t grab the rebound.
They did however, force a turnover but gave it right back at half court with a turnover and scrum which led to Williams open on a fast break where he made the layup while being fouled.
That put Wolsey-Wessington up 56-54.
Williams missed the free throw and with 69 seconds to play in overtime Ulvestad would make a basket while being fouled and made the foul shot giving the Vikings a 57-56 lead.
The Warbirds missed a pair of free throws on their next trip and James Valley Christian then began to spread out and drain the clock.
Brondsema was fouled with 39.6 seconds and he made one-of-two free throws to give the Vikings a 58-56 lead.
Senior Hayden Hooks then made a nice move to the basket that left Lumpkin wide open under the basket for an easy layup to tie the game at 58, with 17 seconds to play.
However, the Vikings forced a quick pace after the basket and Wedel was fouled while making a layup at the other end with 13.1 seconds to play.
He hit the free throw, making it 61-58.
Wolsey-Wessington inbounded the ball moved it up the court into their front court where they took a timeout with 7.1 seconds to play.
James Valley Christian fouled Warbirds’ senior Chris Williams with 2.5 seconds to play.
Williams missed the first which left Warbirds no choice to miss the second on purpose and hope for a quick rebound and three-pointer.
However, Ulvestad grabbed the rebound and iced the game with his free throws.
The Vikings will face Corsica-Stickney or Kimball-White Lake in the Region 5B title game on Tuesday in Mitchell.
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