Outside shooting fuels Hillsboro-Central Valley to region win over Midway-Minto
GRAND FORKS - Ryan Troftgruben made 18 three-point baskets during the entire regular season.
On Tuesday, the Hillsboro-Central Valley senior made one-third of that total in one postseason game. Troftgruben and Carson Henningsgard combined for 48 points as the Burros beat Midway-Minto 82-49 in the opening round of the North Dakota Region 2 boys high school basketball tournament at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Troftgruben, who averages 3.8 points a game, came off the bench to make six treys. That included four in a second quarter in which the Burros pulled away. Troftgruben finished with 20 points.
"Troftgruben has been a streaky shooter,'' H-CV coach Elliot Rotvold said. "If he knocks down the first shot, he can make a few. And he had some pretty open looks.''
The Burros, ahead 14-10 after one quarter, expanded their lead to 44-23 at halftime. Troftgruben had four treys and Henningsgard, who finished with a game-high 28 points, had three 3-pointers in the second.
"We didn't expect (Troftgruben) to shoot like that,'' M-M coach Shane Robinson said. "And we had a hand in his face. Give him credit.''
For the defending state champion Burros, who finished with 12 treys in the game, the perimeter game came through as Midway-Minto packed its defense inside against the taller Burros.
"If they're going to take away the inside game, which is our strength, other guys had to step up,'' Rotvold said. "He (Troftgruben) came in and hit shots to open things up. And Henningsgard hit a few.''
Midway-Minto got no closer than 14 in the second half.
Jack Camrud added 13 points and Cade Baesler 10 for the Burros.
Midway-Minto was paced by Dominic Schuster's 18 points, with Ogden Wasylow scoring 11 and Noah Zikmund 10.