Photos: Packers beat Mustangs in state fifth-place game
BISMARCK—After going toe-to-toe in three matchups already this season, a fourth showdown between the Packers and Mustangs boys basketball was only appropriate.
This time around, the Packers got even with the Mustangs.
In the final game of the season for both teams, Joe Pistorius scored 23 points to lead West Fargo to a 65-56 win over Sheyenne in the North Dakota Class A state tournament fifth-place game on Saturday, March 11, at the Bismarck Event Center.
After the Mustangs had beaten the Packers for the first time in school history 58-55 on Jan. 10 at Sheyenne, the Packers won 94-60 on their home court on Feb. 17. In the East Region tournament semifinals on March 3, Sheyenne's Josh Thiele hit a last-second 3-pointer to beat West Fargo and send the Mustangs to their first state tournament in program history.
West Fargo, the No. 3 seed out of the East Region in the state tournament, lost to West Region No. 2 seed Minot 74-64 in the tournament quarterfinals on Thursday and beat Bismarck 67-56 on Friday in the consolation semifinals. Sheyenne, the East Region No. 2 seed, lost to West Region No. 3 seed Dickinson 83-68 in the tournament quarterfinals and beat East Region No. 4 seed Fargo Shanley in a thrilling 101-97 triple overtime consolation semifinal game on Friday to set up the fifth-place matchup.
West Fargo built up a 12-point lead early in the second half, but the Mustangs got the game back to within a point down the stretch before the Packers closed the game out.
Pistorius finished shooting 8-for-18 and 2-for-7 from 3-point range and added seven rebounds and a game-high three assists. Raiden Forrest came off the bench and supplied 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting and five rebounds. John Morton, also off the bench, tacked on nine points, five rebounds and three blocks while Michael Yeanay totaled a team-high nine rebounds.
Christian Kuntz led the way for the Mustangs off the bench with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting while going 2-for-2 from 3-point range. Dawson Anderson made 4 of 5 shots for 10 points and Chase Erickson was 5 of 7 from the free-throw line for 10 points to go with a team-high nine rebounds. Carter Bonnema recorded nine points and six rebounds.
Sheyenne shot 10 of 25 (40 percent) in the field half and 18 of 47 (38.3 percent) for the game. West Fargo was 20 of 63 (31.7 percent) for the game but scored 11 points on second-chance points.
The Packers ended the season 21-6 and the Mustangs finished 17-10.