By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
A bad third quarter compounded by a rough perimeter shooting night overall cost the Beaver Dusters a game and a chance to play for the Buffalo Tournament championship, as the Laverne Tigers came from behind to win 53-45.
"We played pretty well; played pretty good defense," said Dusters coach Devon Thrash. " We needed to shoot well from outside, but those shots were not falling tonight. "It was just a few things here and a few things there that made the difference."
Those few things included Beaver going 0-10 from three-point range, and Laverne shooting over 30 free throws.
"The free throw line was key," Thrash said." They were able to get there a lot more than we were."
But even with all this, Beaver still led 11-10 after one quarter and 25-21 at the half. Laverne made their big move in the third, outscoring Beaver 16-7 to take a 37-32 lead. The Dusters battled in the fourth, but the Tigers were able to turn them back.
David Rivera was the Dusters leading scorer with 14, and Kalen Gabel added 12. Logan Baldwin and Luis Chavez each had 6 points.
Beaver played Fargo, who lost 34-46 to Fort Supply in the other semifinal, Saturday evening for third place.