adidas superstar cheap Bresnahan leads Central Cass into Region 1 boys basketball semifinals
Hankinson head coach Mike Gaukler had a simple answer for what ailed his team Monday night at Ed Werre Arena.
“We didn’t have an answer for their best ballplayer,” Gaukler said, referring to Central Cass point guard Grady Bresnahan.
Bresnahan poured in a career high 35 points to spark the Squirrels to a 78 75 victory against the Pirates in the first round of the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 boys basketball tournament.
“My teammates spaced the floor really well and gave me some good opportunities to score,” said Bresnahan, who scored 24 of his points in the second half.
Hankinson (17 5) was the District 1 champion, while the Squirrels (19 4) were the No. 4 seed from District 2. Central Cass earned a 73 56 home victory against the Pirates in the regular season.
Bresnahan was 12 for 16 from the floor and 9 for 12 from the foul line. The 5 foot 8 junior scored 13 of his points in the third quarter, helping the Squirrels build a 58 48 lead heading into the final eight minutes. Hankinson had a difficult time containing Bresnahan on drives to the basket. And when the defense did collapse on Bresnahan, he found teammates in the paint for short range baskets. Bresnahan also dished out a game high six assists.
“He’s got a great crossover move and you can’t really predict him going right or left,” Gaukler said of Bresnahan. “He’s a spectacular, dynamic player.”
The Squirrels, who trailed by as many as eight points early in the second quarter, built their biggest lead late in the third quarter. Central Cass took a 56 40 lead after senior Tommy Voss swished a 3 pointer with 1 minute, 56 seconds remaining in the quarter.
“We ran pretty well,” said Bresnahan, who scored 10 consecutive Central Cass points during one stretch in the third quarter. “We were pretty athletic tonight.”
Hankinson made a late charge, cutting the Central Cass lead to 76 72 after Kendrick Lenzen scored an inside basket with 25 seconds remaining. Pirates senior Carter Mauch (who had 29 points and 12 rebounds) trimmed the lead to 78 75, swishing a 3 pointer with 5 seconds to play, but the Squirrels didn’t need to inbound the ball and time expired.