The boys basketball game on Thursday between Bishop Ryan and Surrey had the look of a typical No. 4 versus No. 5 matchup.
That is, until the fourth-seeded Lions started supplementing the steady inside play of sophomore Jared Will with some 3-point bombs.
Ryan stretched a four-point lead into a 22-point cushion with an extended run spanning the latter half of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth. That spurt keyed a 55-36 District 12 tournament quarterfinal victory for the Lions, who advance to play top-seed Des Lacs-Burlington tonight in the semifinals.
Fifth-seeded Surrey drops into a loser-out game against No. 8 Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.
Will had all of his game-high 15 points in the first three quarters, and guard Mitch Medalen came on strong in the second half. The wiry junior hit two 3-pointers as the Lions extended their lead late, including one from beyond the NBA line.
"We figured with our number of athletes, we wanted to try to wear them down," Ryan coach Tyler Ystaas said. "As the game kept going, our guys kept going and playing mistake-free ball."
Surrey had been getting solid offensive play from guards Austin Gleave and Noah Knipp, but the Mustangs were plagued by questionable shot selection during Ryan's decisive 20-2 run.
"We didn't score forever," Surrey coach Mike Hultz said. "It felt like the game got a little ragged in there. I felt like we weren't on the same page and didn't execute. We didn't have five guys with the same plan in there for a stretch."
Surrey's only lead of the game was a 2-0 advantage after an early putback by Gleave, but the Mustangs made a run in the second quarter after trailing 17-8 after one.
Sophomore forward Jacob Burckhard gave Surrey a boost with seven first-half points, but was held scoreless in the second half.
Will, on the other hand, continued to score for Ryan. His teammates routinely found him for layups and he showed a nice touch with several short jump shots.
"I just gotta play with confidence down there, be strong and make good moves," Will said.
Three Ryan players joined Will in double figures - Medalen (12 points), Brody Bosch (12) and Austin Eggl (10), who also hit a pair of 3s.
"Naturally, when you have some success inside, people are going to collapse down and start helping (off) some shooters, and that was great," Ystaas said. "Jared's game opened things up and we got shooters on the outside, we got guys that can dribble and penetrate and kick. It worked out well for us."
Gleave led Surrey with 13 points and Knipp finished with 11.
Our Redeemer's 78, Kenmare 73
Our Redeemer's placed five players in double figures to edge Kenmare in a high-scoring affair.
The teams played tightly throughout the opening half before the third-seeded Knights opened a double-digit lead with a run that spanned the end of the third quarter and the beginning of the fourth. But No. 6 Kenmare fought back.
"We stretched it to about 16 and I think we switched modes and played not to lose instead of to win," ORCS coach Jeremy Feller said. "They hit some shots and before you know it, we had ourselves a ballgame there at the end."
Logan Sorum led the Knight with 20 points and Tanner Strand and Micah Jacobsen chipped in 14 and 12, respectively.
The Knights also got solid contributions off the bench from Nick Stenvold (12 points) and Davis Koppinger (11).
Jace Helmers scored a team-high 20 points for Kenmare and Hunter Harris added 19.
The Honkers play Glenburn at 4:30 p.m. today in a loser-out game, and ORCS will battle Berthold in a semifinal at 7:30 p.m.
"We talked after the game that we need to guard the basketball better than we did tonight," Feller said. "Berthold's very athletic and fast. Tonight, Berthold was all over the loose balls and we need to be the team doing that tomorrow."
Des Lacs-Burlington 68, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood 35
After a turnover-plagued opening quarter by both teams, top-seeded DL-B separated itself behind the potent offensive play of Tanner Holte and Chris Duke.
Both Laker juniors reached double-figure point totals less than 11 minutes into the game, with Holte scoring 18 in the first half and Duke adding 16.
Holte finished with a game-high 25 and Duke had 21.
"It's been a week since we played, so we weren't quite sure how they'd play, but we saw some good things," DL-B coach Doug Wagner said.
Eighth-seeded M-L-S got 20 points from Sam Carlson, but no other Maverick reached double digits.
The Lakers advance to the semifinal to play Bishop Ryan, and the Mavericks play Surrey in a loser-out game.
Berthold 57, Glenburn 40
Second-seeded Berthold got past Glenburn with an effort Bombers coach Brock Teets described as "good enough to win."
Berthold advanced to play Our Redeemer's Christian School in a semifinal tonight, and Glenburn will play Kenmare in a loser-out game.
The Bombers ultimately knocked down enough 3-pointers (8) to keep the Panthers at arm's reach for most of the game. Against a Glenburn team that regularly plays three players 6-foot-5 or taller, hitting perimeter shots was a necessity, Teets said.
"We had some kids step up and make some shots and we needed them because offensively tonight we were just kinda out of sync and not in the flow," Teets said.
Glenburn's leading scorer, Houston Lavachek, was limited by a sprained left ankle. The lanky senior didn't score until midway through the third quarter and finished with six points.
Berthold sophomore Austin Lee hit four 3-pointers en route to a game-high 17 points.
Glenburn post Devin Korynta led the Panthers with 11.