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The Tournament Bracket:

Here’s the tournament bracket, as outlined in KX Sports’ “After The Whistle” program, with Phil Benotti and Luke Gamble:

Quarterfinals start Thursday, March 17.

The Semi-Finals are set for March 18.

The Finals are scheduled for March 19.

And just for the fun of it, the KX Sports team members make their predictions on who they think will win the Class B Boys State Basketball Tournament:

Final: 8:00 p.m. – #1 Four Winds/Minnewauken defeats #2 Kindred 69-49

Interview with Four Winds’ Jayden Yankton on his big performance and winning the state title:

Interview with Four Winds Head Coach Rick Smith on his team’s perfect season:

4th Quarter Recap: Four Winds/Minnewauken wins the 2022 Class B Boys State Championship over Kindred, 69-49, and completes their undefeated season.

Four Winds went wire to wire not letting Kindred take a lead the entire game. Despite Kindred’s best efforts, the offense of Four Winds was simply too good to be stopped.

The duo of Jayden Yankton and Deng Deng led the way with Yankton leading all scorers with 22 points and would be named the tournament’s MVP.

But Deng Deng stole the show, particularly in the second half, with a stat-sheet stuffing 19 point, 10 rebound, 7 block, 3 steal game. He also led all players with 3 three-pointers.

Four Winds becomes the first Class B team since 2011 to have a perfect season and a state title.

3rd Quarter Recap: Four Winds leads after 3 quarters, 49-39, after another strong run from Four Winds continued to hold back any attempt at a comeback for Kindred.

Despite a 9-3 run from Kindred to make it a 2 point game at 33-31, Four Winds stepped up with a 12-0 run midway through the 3rd quarter thanks to the play of Deng Deng and Jaydon Yankton, to make it 45-31.

Kindred responded with 8 unanswered points of their own, but Four Winds would get the last laugh, scoring 4 straight to end the quarter.

Four Winds appears to be 8 minutes away from a perfect, undefeated season and a State Title.

2nd Quarter Recap: Four Winds heads into the half up 30-22 over Kindred, thanks to a fantastic offensive attack led by Jayden Yankton who leads the game with 12 points.

Kindred would start the quarter out strong with a 6-2 run thanks to their ability to get to the hoop.

But Four Winds’ Jayden Yankton would respond going on a 7-3 run on his own. The half would end on a 5-5 run.

Four Winds’ defense shouldn’t be slighted however, Deng Deng has been sensational down low, grabbing a game-high 7 rebounds and has 5 blocks by himself already at the half.

Four Winds will continue to look to him to keep things difficult for Kindred down low who have struggled to get any outside scoring going.

Kindred will be looking to their ace, Paul Olson, to step up and lead them to a repeat State Title.

1st Quarter Recap: Four Winds leads at the end of the 1st quarter over Kindred, 16-8, after an early run from Four Winds put them in a comfortable lead.

A 7-0 run to start the game from Four Winds sent them hot out the gates thank to Jayden Yankton scoring a quick 5 points.

Kindred would respond from the free throw line with a 6-2 run of their own, getting to the free throw line twice and converting on all 4 of their free throws.

But Four Winds would end on a strong note, ending the quarter with a 7-2 run to pull away and head into the 2nd quarter with a comfortable lead.

3rd Place Game: #4 LaMoure-Litchville/Marion defeats Bishop Ryan 45-38

4th Quarter Recap: LaMoure-L/M beats Bishop Ryan to win 3rd Place in the 2022 Class B Boys State Basketball Tournament, 45-38.

LaMoure-L/M was finally able to pull away midway through the final quarter, thanks to an 10-2 run to end the game. Max Musland made the biggest difference at the end of the game, scoring 6 of his game-high 13 points in the 4th quarter.

Bishop Ryan didn’t go down without a fight though, leading off the quarter with a 6-4 run to take a 1 point lead before LaMoure-L/M eventually ran away with the lead. Bishop Ryan’s undoing may have been their faltering three point shooting as they only made one three-pointer, going 1 for 11 from three, in the second half despite their hot hand to start the game.

A fantastic shootout that saw both teams constantly responding to one another, it took only one run to pull away and win the game in the end.

3rd Quarter Recap: LaMoure-L/M leads 31-30 heading into the final quarter of the game.

Both teams traded shot this quarter, literally, with each team scoring one after the other.

LaMoure-L/M finally showed off their three-point shooting skills, hitting their first 2 threes of the game with their first two shots of the quarter.

Bishop Ryan didn’t take this sitting down however, getting into the paint and hitting some must needed layups and a big time three from their go-to shooter all tournament, Brady Feller.

2nd Quarter Recap: Bishop Ryan and LaMoure-L/M head into the half tied, thanks to the scoring from LaMoure-L/M’s Corban Potts and the three-point shooting of Bishop Ryan.

LaMoure-L/M outscored Bishop Ryan 12-10 in the 2nd quarter, with Corban Potts hitting a jumper with 5 seconds to go in the half. He currently leads all scorers with 10 points.

Bishop Ryan has not been afraid to shoot from beyond the arc, and that has kept them in the game thus far. They are currently shooting 40% from three, led by Ramsey Walz who has 8 points and 2 three pointers.

Bishop Ryan however, has left a lot of points at the free throw line, only shooting 2 for 7. They also have not been very protective of the ball, giving up 12 turnovers to LaMoure-L/M’s 4.

1st Quarter Recap: Bishop Ryan leads LaMoure-L/M at the end of the quarter, 10-8, after a 10-4 run to midway through the quarter thrust Bishop Ryan into the lead.

Ramsey Walz led the charge for Bishop Ryan, sinking 2 three-pointers, to lead the team with 6 points. Bishop Ryan is currently shooting 50% from beyond the arc so far.

As for LaMoure-L/M, Corban Potts was the man of the hour, hitting 3 jumpers to score 6 of LaMoure-L/M’s 8 points.

5th Place Game: #3 Shiloh Christian defeats #5 Grafton 56-48

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7th Place Game: Bowman County defeats Stanley 49-40

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#2 Kindred defeats Bishop Ryan 61-55

Interview with Kindred’s Paul Olson on his incredible performance:

Interview with Kindred Head Coach Brad Woehl on advancing to the Class B Championship:

4th Quarter Recap: Kindred defeats Bishop Ryan, 61-55, to advance to the Class B Boys State Championship.

Kindred started the 4th quarter with a 16-11 run to extend their lead over Bishop Ryan. A quick 5 points from Bishop Ryan made it a 3 point game with 31 seconds to go. Unfortunately their late run wasn’t enough to overcome Kindred.

Kindred’s Paul Olson remained the game’s star with 25 points on 8 for 12 shooting. He was simply unstoppable and Kindred’s go-to guy the entire game.

Kindred was consistent throughout the game shooting 50% from the field and from beyond the arc as well shooting 4 for 8.

As for Bishop Ryan, they were not as successful from deep, finishing 6 for 19 as they continued to try to pull up shots, particularly at the end of the game with Brady Feller leading the charge scoring a team-high 14 points and shot 2 for 9 from 3.

3rd Quarter Recap: Kindred heads into the final quarter with the lead over Bishop Ryan, 42-39, in a quarter that finally saw both teams making some runs.

Kindred led off with a 9-5 run thanks to some great scoring from Paul Olson once again. But Bishop Ryan certainly didn’t back off, finishing the quarter on a 9-4 run of their own.

This game appears to have all the makings of a classic that may come down to the final second.

2nd Quarter Recap: Kindred leads Bishop Ryan at the half, 29-25, after both teams seemingly went shot for shot with one another that ended on an incredible final 5 seconds to the half.

With 3 seconds to go in the half, Bishop Ryan’s Ian Johnson hit a contested three-pointer to make it a one point game at the half. But Kindred’s Paul Olson quickly put an end to that, hitting a beyond half court shot at the buzzer.

That’s just one of several big plays from the Kindred senior, as he leads the game with 14 points on 5 for 7 shooting.

Bishop Ryan has been holding their own against the 2-seed however, the second quarter saw Carson Merck step up and score a team-leading 8 points in the quarter.

Neither team has been able to pull away with the largest lead of the game being the score currently.

Both team’s have been able to pick it up offensively however, with each team scoring over double their 1st quarter scores.

1st Quarter Recap: Kindred leads at the end of the quarter, 9-8, over Bishop Ryan in a very defensive, physical battle.

Kindred’s Paul Olson continued his great play in the post, throwing down a breakaway dunk, and scoring 5 points to lead all scorers.

As for Bishop Ryan, Ramsey Walz and Joshua Will have scored all their points under the basket with 4 points apiece.

Each team is currently shooting around 33% from the field thus far as they’ve both been able to put good pressure on opposing shooters.

#1 Four Winds/Minnewauken defeats #4 LaMoure-Litchville/Marion 52-36

Interview with Four Winds Head Coach Rick Smith on advancing to the Championship:

Interview with Four Winds’ Tyler Smith on the big win:

4th Quarter Recap: Four Winds advances to the 2022 Class B Boys State Championship after taking down LaMoure-L/M, 52-36.

Four Winds ran away with the win in the 4th quarter, scoring 11 unanswered at the start. Jaydon Yankton and Jacolby Pearson led the way with 14 and 16 points apiece. As a team Four Winds shot 58.5% from the field and 42.7% from beyond the arc.

Despite a hiccup in the second quarter, Four Winds showcased exactly why they were undefeated and the tournament’s number 1-seed. They are dominant not only in the paint but shooting the ball as well.

LaMoure-L/M fought valiantly however, despite losing the lead after going up 4-2 early in the first quarter, they continued to battle back and go on offensive runs. Colton Ness was electric shooting the ball, scoring a team high 14 points on 6 for 8 shooting.

3rd Quarter Recap: Four Winds is hanging on to their lead after 3 quarters, 36-26, over LaMoure-L/M.

Four Winds seemed to get back in stride offensively, scoring 17 points in the quarter thanks to strong play from Jaydon Yankton and Jacolby Pearson.

Yankton scored 6 points in the quarter after having a slow start in the first half. Four Winds’ all-time leading scorer led the charge and at 9 points.

If Yankton continues his hot hand, this game could slip out of LaMoure-L/M’s hands fast.

2nd Quarter Recap: Four Winds heads into the half up 19-15 over LaMoure-L/M after a solid comeback effort closed the gap of Four Winds big first quarter.

A 7-4 run from LaMoure-L/M to start the quarter set the tone really quickly. With LaMoure-L/M getting their shots up and sinking them.

Colin Ness currently leads the way for LaMoure-L/M with 6 points as he hasn’t missed a shot thus far from the field or the free throw line.

On Four Winds’ end, Jacolby Pearson was the team’s leading scorer in this quarter as well, leading the game now with 8 points.

1st Quarter Recap: Four Winds leads LaMoure-L/M at the end of the quarter, 11-4, after Four Winds ended the 1st quarter with 9 unanswered points.

An extremely balanced attack from Four Winds to start, they saw 4 different players score for them to start with Jayden Yankton starting the 9-0 run with a three-pointer mid-way through the 1st.

Four Winds’ Jacolby Pearson ended the 1st quarter with a layup at the buzzer.

Four Winds seems to have picked up where they left off offensively yesterday.

#2 Kindred defeats Bowman County 61-38

Interview with Kindred’s Paul Olson after his performance in the big win:

4th Quarter Recap: Kindred advances to the semi-finals of the Class B Boys State Tournament after defeating Bowman County, 61-38.

Kindred’s Paul Olson and Jaiden Peraza starred in the dominant performance, with Olson leading all scorers with 19 points. Peraza finished with 13 points, all of them coming in the first half.

Kindred was incredible in the paint, out rebounding Bowman 32-24, and outscoring them 36-22. Olson himself had 3 blocks in the game.

Bowman County’s Bohden Duffield continued to put up three-pointers throughout the game and finished with a team-leading 16 points. It wasn’t enough to pull off the upset however.

3rd Quarter Recap: Kindred finishes the 3rd quarter up, 57-32, over Bowman County.

A 13-5 run early in the quarter set up Kindred to continue pulling away, thanks once again to the play of Paul Olson who now leads all scorers with 17 points.

Bowman County’s Bohden Duffield has cooled off since his dominant 1st quarter, as he currently is shooting 5 for 14 from the field.

Bowman will need to take a big swing if they hope to come back and pull off the upset here in the 4th quarter.

2nd Quarter Recap: Kindred leads heading into the half, 39-22, over Bowman County after a dominant performance to close out the half.

Kindred kicked off the second quarter strong with a 16-5 run thanks to the play of Paul Olson and Jaiden Peraza. Olson has scored all of his points here in the second quarter with 11.

Peraza leads all scorers with 13 points on a phenomenal 6 for 8 shooting from the field.

An 8-2 run near the end of the second half from Kindred, seemed to put this game out of reach, but a buzzer-beater from deep three-point range from Bowman County’s Bohden Duffield sent them into the half with some hope.

Kindred’s height has clearly played a factor in the game so far as they are currently leading in total rebound 18-8 and have been dominant in the paint outscoring Bowman in the paint 26-10.

1st Quarter Recap: Kindred leads Bowman County after the 1st Quarter, 15-12, after a 9-2 run to start the game put Kindred out to a strong lead.

Bowman County’s Bohden and Bishop Duffield turned it on, scoring 8 unanswered off of two three-pointers from Bohden and a layup from Bishop to take the lead at 10-9. Bohden currently leads the game in points scored with 8.

But Kindred’s Riley Sunram answered, getting to the free throw line and hitting the last basket of the quarter by getting to the rim to put Kindred up by 3. Sunram leads Kindred currently with 7 points.

Bishop Ryan defeats #3 Shiloh Christian 57-52

Interview with Bishop Ryan Head Coach Brody Bosch after beating Shiloh Christian:

Interview with Bishop Ryan’s Ian Johnson on the big upset win:

4th Quarter Recap: Bishop Ryan upsets Shiloh Christian, 57-52, to advance to the Class B Boys State Semi-Final.

Led by Ramsey Walz and Brady Feller, who had 13 points apiece, Bishop Ryan was able to outscore Shiloh in the 4th quarter, 13-8.

Bishop Ryan’s defense also stepped up big time in the second half, limiting Shiloh’s ability to score in the paint and absolutely shutting them down from beyond the arc, holding them to 3 of 16 from three.

Shiloh’s Joseph Wanzek was sensational, scoring a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds.

But the balanced attack of Bishop Ryan was enough to pull off the upset, defeating Shiloh for the second time this year.

3rd Quarter Recap: The 3rd quarter ends with both teams tied at 44, thanks to a near half-court buzzer-beater from Bishop Ryan’s Ian Johnson.

Shiloh and Bishop Ryan continue to trade blows in an absolute thriller. Shiloh’s Joseph Wanzek continues his phenomenal game with 9 of Shiloh’s 14 points in the 3rd quarter. He currently leads the game with 20 points.

As for Bishop Ryan, they’ve been leaving their mark from three. Hitting 3 three’s in the quarter alone, two of which came from Ian Johnson who has 8 points.

2nd Quarter Recap: Shiloh Christian heads into half-time with the lead over Bishop Ryan, 30-27.

Bishop Ryan started the quarter on fire, going on a 7-2 run to tie Shiloh at 23, thanks to the play of Brady Feller who scored the first 5 of the quarter, he’s only points of the game so far.

A back and forth game ensued, with both teams going shot for shot with each other. With a one point lead near the end of the half, Shiloh’s MaBahi Baker hit a jumper with a second to go in the half to put his team up 3.

A very even match-up thus far as both teams have very similar stats going into the half, with Shiloh shooting 52.2% and Bishop Ryan shooting 47.8%. Bishop Ryan is currently out-rebounding Shiloh 14-13, and out shooting Shiloh from beyond the arc, 37.5% to 33.3%.

We could be in store for a game that comes down to the final second to determine who advances to the Class B Boys Semi-Final.

1st Quarter Recap: Shiloh came out of the gates hot, going on a 11-4 run thanks to the scoring of Joseph Wanzek in the paint and Isaac Emmel beyond the arc.

Wanzek has been strong down low, scoring all of his team-leading 7 points on lay-ups and from the free-throw line. Emmel is 2 for 2 from beyond the arc, putting up 6 points to start the game.

Bishop Ryan would step it up though, finishing on a 12-10 run on the back of Carson Merck, who’s been fantastic driving to the hoop and from beyond the arc. He currently leads the team with 7 points and is 3 for 3 from the field so far.

#1 Four Winds/Minnewauken defeats Stanley 68-28

Interview with Four Winds-Minnewaukan’s Jayden Yankton on his teams blowout performance:

4th Quarter Recap: Four Winds/Minnewauken defeats Stanley, 68-28, to advance to the semi-finals of the Class B Boys State Basketball Tournament.

Four Winds dominated from the jump, particularly in the paint, outscoring Stanley 56-16. They finished with four players scoring over 13: Deng Deng, Jayden Yankton, Jacolby Pearson, and the games leading scorer, Dalen Leftbear who had 16. The four of them combined for 58 points.

Four Winds also forced a total of 29 turnovers and held Stanley to 30% shooting from the field.

It was an all-around strong performance for Four Winds as they seem poised to make a run for the Class B State Title.

3rd Quarter Recap: Four Winds stay up, 62-24, at the end of the 3rd quarter.

As per usual this game, Four Winds has been getting their points in the paint with 14 of their 19 coming from down low.

Four Winds continues to shut down Stanley on defense, with 8 more turnovers coming this quarter. It’s going to take a lot for Stanley to come back from this.

2nd Quarter Recap: Four Winds heads into the half up 43-17 over Stanley, after a completely dominant 2nd quarter that saw Four Winds outscore Stanley 23-8.

A 13-4 run to start the quarter cemented Four Wins large lead thanks once again to incredible play in the paint.

Four Winds as a whole is currently outscoring Stanley in the paint 34-8. A balanced attack, Four Winds currently has four players scoring over 8 points, led by Deng Deng who has 11 points to lead all scorers.

Their defense has also played a large factor in the half, forcing 17 turnovers thus far and holding Stanley to only 36.8% from the field.

1st Quarter Recap: Four Winds leads at the end of the first quarter, 20-9, over Stanley in a game that is taking place exclusively in the paint so far.

So far, 18 of Four Winds 20 points have come from down low, the other 2 came from the free throw line.

A 14-2 run from Four Winds to start the game gave them their big lead. With four of their starters scoring at least 4 points.

Stanley made some movement midway through the quarter though, hitting a couple lay ups and a three-pointer. They’ll need to shut down Four Winds game in the paint if they hope to make a comeback.

#4 LaMoure-Litchville/Marion defeats #5 Grafton 52-51

Interview with LaMoure-L/M Head Coach Darren Thielges on his team’s first round win:

4th Quarter Recap: LaMoure-L/M avoids the upset comeback from Grafton to advance to the Class B Boys State Semi-Final, 52-51.

Despite a dominant first half from LaMoure-L/M, Grafton came backing firing scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter on the backs of William Jiskra and Juan Villarreal who scored 15 and 17 a piece.

Unfortunately it wasn’t enough despite holding LaMoure-L/M to only 15 points in the 4th quarter with 11 of them coming from the free throw line.

Grafton even got an opportunity at the end of the game to win it, but couldn’t get it done.

Lamoure-L/M’s Max Musland and Colton Ness continued to carry the team, with Ness leading all scorers with 19 points.

Grafton’s comeback was incredible, but a 2 point 1st quarter ended up hurting them much more than they would have expected in the end.

3rd Quarter Recap: LaMoure-L/M leads after three, 37-24, over Grafton despite Grafton taking the win in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Lamoure-L/M 10-7.

A low scoring quarter, Grafton was finally able to make some stops to the hot hands of Colton Ness and Max Musland, holding Ness to 3 and Musland to 0.

Grafton’s Juan Villarreal and William Jiskra each scored 4 each to lead scoring for the team in a much needed 3rd quarter.

Grafton still has some work to do if they want to win, but with their defense playing the way they are, they certainly look like they can pull off the comeback.

2nd Quarter Recap: LaMoure-L/M heads into the half up 30-14 over Grafton, after Colton Ness took a back seat to Max Musland to lead the LaMoure-L/M offensive charge.

LaMoure-L/M’s Musland hit 3 three-pointers in the 2nd quarter and hit a layup to score 11 points in just this quarter alone.

Both Ness and Musland lead the game with 13 and 11 points to their names as the rest of their team has 6 points combined.

While the team is currently shooting 52% from the field, Ness and Musland are shooting a combine 10 for 13 for 76.9% shooting. The two will be looking to continue their hot hands into the second half.

As for Grafton, they were able to find an offensive identity in the 2nd quarter scoring 12 points. They’ll be looking for someone to step up however if they hope to overtake this LaMoure-L/M lead.

1st Quarter Recap: LaMoure-L/M leads Grafton at the end of the 1st quarter, 15-2, in what has been the Colton Ness show thus far as he already has 13 points.

After a layup from Grafton’s Maxwell Dumas, Grafton stood witness to Colton Ness scoring 11 unanswered, before Landon Piehl decided to join in on the LaMoure-L/M run.

Ness thus far hasn’t missed a shot either, going 6 for 6 from the field. It was an exciting quarter and Grafton will hope to find a way to stop him and get some points on the board.

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