CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. – The Bismarck boys basketball team began the fourth quarter on a 13-0 run, and outscored Crystal City 26-7 during the period to regain and maintain a late lead on Monday night.
The Indians entered the final quarter trailing 58-54 after Brady DeGeare recorded 14 of his game-high 33 points for the Hornets during the third. However, Bismarck held the senior center to one field goal from there to help secure an 80-65 victory.
Hunter Drake, who paced the Indians with 25 points and 13 rebounds, quickly squared the score at 58-58 on a pair of free throws and a fast-break layup within the first minute of the fourth quarter. Jason Boyer nailed his lone 3-pointer on the next trip to recapture the lead for Bismarck (3-7).
The Indians collapsed defensively on entry passes to DeGeare, and generated numerous steals to help widen the spread in the fourth quarter. Crystal City committed 12 turnovers during the second half, while Bismarck had six.
Logan Dunn recorded four of his five steals for Bismarck during the second half, and finished with 10 points.
Chris Eisenbeis snapped the 13-0 Bismarck run by converting a layup directly out of a timeout to bring the score within 67-60 for Crystal City (3-6). He ended with eight points and seven rebounds in a losing effort.
Bismarck continued to push in transition, and Drake increased the lead to 75-64 with 1:30 remaining in the game on a fast-break finish at the rim.
DeGeare established a dominant presence in the post early, and recorded 11 points with four rebounds in the first quarter for the Hornets. He added 11 boards and three blocks to his strong overall performance.
Bismarck found success in transition, but struggled with turnovers while attempting to force the ball down low. Drake trimmed the early deficit to 21-19 with a buzzer 3-pointer from the top of the key.
Crystal City missed four shots from the perimeter to begin the second quarter, and Devon Warden claimed the first Bismarck lead of 23-21 on a pair of free throws with six minutes remaining. He went 9-of-12 from the stripe, and posted 11 points with six rebounds in the win.
The Hornets remained close by forcing turnovers with full-court pressure, and trailed 39-35 at the half after DeGeare tallied the last six points for the team.
Crystal City quickly reestablished a 40-39 lead on a completed 3-point play by DeGeare within the first minute out of intermission. Bismarck tied the score twice during the third quarter, but did not lead again until the fourth.
Tim Mork was consistent in the post, and provided 13 points plus eight rebounds for the Indians. Austin Droege drained two shots from behind the arc while notching 10 points.
Collin Wilkerson added 12 points with five rebounds for the Hornets.