BISMARCK — The Bismarck Indians returned to the win column on Monday night. Their 50-43 win over Kingston avenges an earlier loss to the Cougars in December.
The Indians went to work immediately and had offensive success in the paint with some easy early baskets. “We got some good looks early and hit some layups”, said Bismarck coach Ted Weiss. Bismarck enjoyed a 17-10 lead after one quarter of play, and never relinquished their advantage.
Bismarck’s lead was up to 11 points at the end of the third quarter, marking the Indians’ largest lead of the game. Kingston made a late rally in the closing stages of the game, but couldn’t get close enough to challenge for the lead.
Sam Fisher led Bismarck with 17 points, including three three-point baskets. Chris Crocker added 14 points, while Trevor Bell poured in 13, including 5-6 from the free-throw line. Kingston’s Patrick Wright led all scorers in the game with 22 points, while teammate J.T. Trusty finished up with 14.
Both clubs will return to action this evening, playing their regular-season conference finales. Bismarck (5-12) will host Valle, and Kingston (3-10) will travel to West County.
St. Clair 57, Potosi 53
ST. CLAIR — The Potosi Trojans traveled to St. Clair Monday night and squared off in what turned out to be a barn-burner. The Trojans had a six point lead in the second quarter but St. Clair came back to take a 44-43 lead heading into the fourth quarter. On the Trojans’ last possession of the game, Potosi went for a three-pointer and missed. St. Clair got the rebound and drew a foul and hit 1-2 free-throws to secure the 57-53 win.
Brian Rook and Kevin McMahan each had 14 points to lead the Trojans. Marcus Walton and Shawn Summers each had 10 points apiece.
Potosi falls to 3-15 and will host Central tonight.