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BOY'S BASKETBALL: Blackduck’s season ends with loss to Fosston

BEMIDJI — Down by as many as 18 points to Fosston in the second half of their Section 8-A East quarterfinal game at Bemidji State, Blackduck didn’t want to see its season end with a blowout.

The Drakes mounted a comeback in the final nine minutes of the game, eventually cutting the Greyhounds’ lead to just six with 50 seconds to go.

Fosston’s Darin Viken made sure it got no closer.

Viken hit five of his six foul shots in the final minute — part of his game-high 37 points — and helped the Greyhounds pull out a 61-48 victory Thursday night.

“I’m very proud of the effort and the way our kids fought back tonight,” Blackduck head coach Grant Mistic said. “They fought back the whole game even when it looked bleak for us. So I’m happy about that.”

The Greyhounds (18-6) took a 32-18 lead into halftime thanks in part to a 13-3 run at the end of the first half and Viken’s 15 first-half points.

“We had great execution on the offensive end,” Fosston coach Ben Hemberger said. “We got a lot of defensive rebounds and didn’t let them have many second-chance shots.”

The Greyhounds eventually worked their lead up to 18 with nine minutes to go.

But the Drakes (16-11) chipped away. Senior Trey Volk and freshman Isaac Volk each made shots to help Blackduck, who also rebounded better in the final 18 minutes and didn’t turn the ball over.

“We only turned the ball over seven times in the game,” Mistic said. “That was a big key to us getting back into it.”

With three minutes to go Blackduck’s Tyler Jablonski made a layup and was fouled in the process. He got the foul shot and cut Fosston’s lead to less than nine points for the first time since the first half.

That seemed to swing some momentum toward the Drakes, who didn’t let themselves get too far behind.

With 1:19 to go and the Drakes utilizing the full-court press, Jake Krabbenhoft forced a steal on Viken and knocked down a layup, cutting Fosston’s lead to eight points.

When the Greyhounds’ Jon Olson missed the back end of a one-and-one foul shot on the other end, the Drakes got the rebound.

Isaac Volk knocked down a three on the other end to make it 54-48 with 51.3 seconds to go and give Blackduck some life.

Viken didn’t give Blackduck much of a chance. The Greyhounds found him on every ensuing inbounds pass and he made all but one free throw to ice the game.

“He’s the guy you want with the ball in his hands with the game on the line,” Hemberger said.

Viken scored 37; Aaron Arneson was the only other Greyhound in double figures with 11.

Trey Volk, who will be playing football at BSU next year, finished his high school career with 12 points. Isaac Volk scored 12 and Jablonski 11.

The Greyhounds will take on Walker-Hackensack-Akeley in an 8-A East semifinal game Saturday in Thief River Falls. The defending Section 8A champion Wolves (22-4) defeated Clearbrook-Gonvick 83-69.

Fosston (61) — Borud 1 0-0 2; Arneson 4 0-1 11; Nelson 1 1-2 3; Viken 10 16-20 37; Olson 2 0-0 4; Voxland 0 0-2 0; Baumann 2 0-0 4. Totals — 22 17-25 61.

Blackduck (48) — Brands 2 2-2 7; Krabbenhoft 1 1-2 3; DePew 0 0-0 0; I.Volk 5 0-0 13; T.Volk 5 0-0 12; Jablonski 4 3-4 11; Hendrickson 0 0-0 0; Granger 1 0-2 2. Totals 13 6-10 48.

Halftime — Fosston 32, Blackduck 18.