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The loyal warriors fans show why they helped the warriors win the spirit award at the district tournament

By Logan J. Davis

If the first region game for the White Shield Warriors was an indication of what kind of excitement was to come after their first victory on Monday, their many fans will remain on the edge of their seats or on their feet a lot this week. 

The Warriors fought off a feisty Stanley Blue Jays team on Monday night in Williston winning their opening game 44-38 at the Region 8 tournament. The Warriors could not deliver the knockout blow after going cold from the field in the third quarter after getting the lead up to 11. If there were two memorable buckets in the game, they came from Jesse White who made a one-hand slam dunk just before the end of the first half and the clutch three-pointer that White nailed from the deep left corner to put the Warriors up by four points with about 10 seconds to go just before the shot clock expired. That was the knockout blow the White Shield fans were waiting for and it came near the final buzzer. It was a nail-biter in the second half because the shots from outside for the Warriors would not drop all night long. The Warriors were leading at the half by the score of 27-21 and with 1:31 left in the third quarter, the Warriors had built up an 11-point lead. But Stanley capitalized on a couple of turnovers at the end of the third quarter to again pull within 7 points of the Warriors. The Blue Jays chipped away slowly at the Warriors lead because of the White Shield players continued cold outside shooting. Stanley just kept hanging around while giving their own Stanley fans a lot to cheer about with their unrelenting defense. The Blue Jays trailed by only one point with a minute to go but some important defensive stops by the Warriors in the final minute gave White the chance to finally deliver that knockout blow for White Shield with his corner bomb. Carson Calhoun iced it for the Warriors with two free throws with three seconds to go in the game. It was an amazing all-around game for Calhoun.

Stanley pressured White all through the often very wild and exciting game with double teams whenever he touched the ball. That gave some breathing room for his teammate and fellow guard Calhoun, who led all scorers with 20 points in the game. It was a remarkable performance by Calhoun who earned some tough points on the inside and was the only one who could drain any three-pointers, hitting four of his 10 attempts from beyond the arc. As a team, the Warriors hit on only 7 of 38 three-point attempts and Stanley only made 3 for 14 from ‘three-point land’. It was certainly Calhoun’s night to shine on Monday for the Warriors and he showed grit, determination and leadership on the way to the opening round win. White joined Calhoun in double figures with 12 points and White also added 5 steals and 5 assists in the game. Calhoun played with a vengeance both offensively and defensively for the Warriors and handled the ball very well with great composure. The game could be overall be described as a defensive battle. The Warriors played their own brand of tough defense as well as the Blue Jays, creating 21 turnovers while only committing 8 of their own against some great Stanley defense. 

Jase Dickens pitched in with 7 points for the Warriors, while Oscar Felix and Bryant Wells each added 2 points for White Shield. Felix led the Warriors in rebounds with 9 caroms. Wells was a factor down low with six

Jase Dickens goes in for a layup after a nice steal on the defensive end of the court
The warriors Bryant Wells sets himself for a jumper from the right wing on monday night at the Regional opener against Stanley
Jesse White lets one go from on top as the Warriors battled with the Blue Jays in the opening round
Alex Foote smartly hits an open teammate off a Blue Jays double team on him in the paint
Carson Calhoun cooly sinks the last points of the game icing it for the Warriors dropping in 20 total points on the night
Oscar Felix snares another rebound for the warriors in the opening round win over Stanley

of his own rebounds. White, Calhoun, Dickens and Alex Foote snared 3 rebounds each.

For the Blue Jays, they had very balanced scoring with Joe Hetzel the only Blue Jay in double figures with 12 points. Following Hetzel was Jackson Hynek with 8 points.

No results of the remaining White Shield games were available at the MHA Times press deadline. The Warriors were scheduled to play Trenton on Tuesday evening. The Tigers edged the Ray Jays 52-48 after a long delay on Monday night because of a fire danger alarm going off causing an evacuation of the Williston State College facility immediately after the Warriors-Blue Jays game.

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