Saints fall in NSAA opener

It had been about as anticlimactic as a two-point choice can get.

Mayville State slipped beyond Presentation 74-72 Friday night at Mayville, N.D., even though neither team scoring in the match’s final four and a half minutes.

Mayville’s Daniel Lindgren broke a 72-all tie using a bucket in the 4:31 mark of this match. It would be the last points scored at the night.

Presentation missed its next seven shots, although the host Comets were 0-for-6 down the stretch. Neither team managed to find its way into the free-throw point during that final span.

It had been an unfitting end for a tightly-contested North Star Athletic Association opener for both teams. Mayville State started powerful, resulting in as many as 10 in the first half and 11 in the opening minutes of the second half prior to Presentation chipped away at the lead in the final stanza.

Presentation finally erased the deficit with 9:04 remaining, setting off a teeter-totter battle for the guide.

The Saints took their first lead with 8:38 left along with their last with 5:21 remaining. Jalen Johnson hit the trunk facet of a double-bonus free-throw that, combined with Marcus Gatlin’s 3-pointer, gave the Saints a 72-70 edge.

Garek Droog tied the match 21 minutes after, and Lindgren put home what proved to be the game-winning bucket with 4:31 to move.

The Saints are back in action Sunday, taking on Dakota State at Madison. Game time is set for 4 p.m. Presentation will also play Northern State Monday in 8 p.m. in an exhibition contest at Wachs Arena.

PRESENTATION (4-5, 0-1 NSAA): Quadre Lollis 3-7 6-9 12, Riyahd Asad 1-4 0-0 3, Adam White 1-3 0-1 2, Julius Jackson 6-12 11-12 23, Marcus Gatlin 3-7 1-2 19, Deiontay Walters 7-14 2-4 17, Jalen Johnson 1-3 1-2 3, Tayton Maher 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 23-51 21-30 72.

MAYVILLE STATE (5-2, 1-0 NSAA): Taylor Delaughter 1-1 0-0 3, Eric Staebler 5-8 2-4 12, Cameron Epps 3-6 0-0 8, Gorg Alhag 4-13 0-0 10, Michael Slaba 1-3 0-1 2, Daniel Lindgren 6-14 3-4 15, Daymarcco Green 1-6 1-2 3, Konrad 2-2 2-2 7, Jack Turnbull 4-10 0-0 10, Garek Droog 2-3 0-2 4, Max Cooper 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-68 8-15 74.

Halftime — Mayville 45-36. 3-point field goals — Presentation 5-10 (Walters 1-3, Johnson 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Asad 1-1, Gatlin 2-3, Maher 1-1); Mayville State 8-26 (Slaba 0-1, Lindgren 0-6, Epps 2-5, Green 0-1, Bueckers 1-1, Delaughter 1-1, Turnbull 2-7, Alhag 2-4). Total fouls — Presentation 18; Mayville State 25. Fouled out — White. Rebounds — Presentation 40 (Jackson 9, Lollis 9); Mayville State 36 (Lindgren 7). Assists — Presentation 6 (Jackson 4); Mayville State 13 (Alhag 3). Steals — Presentation 7 (Jackson 2, Walters 2); Mayville State 3. Blocks — Presentation 0; Mayville State 3. Turnovers — Presentation 16; Mayville State 13.