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Cardinals lose semifinal game but make Region 4 Tournament

Now play NR-S in the first round on March 4 at 4:30 p.m.

The Langdon-Edmore-Munich Cardinals boys basketball team had hoped to play in their first District 8 Championship game in co-op history when Langdon hosted the District 8 Tourney Feb. 22-25. The Cards played hard but lost to St. John 60-55 in the semifinals on Feb. 23 but beat a scrappy North Star team 55-47 on Feb. 25 to qualify for regionals. Their record is now 12-8 on the season, and they will play New Rockford-Sheyenne in the first round of the Region 4 Tournament in Devils Lake at 4:30 p.m. on March 4. Dunseith beat St. John 69-61 to win their second straight District 8 Tournament title. Simon Romfo, Grant Romfo and Jackson Delvo made the All-District 8 team. Michael Two Hearts of Dunseith was named Senior Athlete of the Year and Jesse Vote of North Star was named Coach of the Year District 8. Here’s a recap of the Cardinals’ two games at the District Tournament:

St. John 60, Langdon-Edmore-Munich 55

The Cardinals knew they were in for a battle when they took on the Woodchucks in the tourney semifinals on February 23. Langdon-Edmore-Munich beat the ‘Chucks in St. John 60-57 late in the regular season. The game started the way the Cards had hoped as six different players scored in the first quarter, and they jumped out to a 23-15 lead early in the second quarter before St. John responded by going on a 17-2 run to end the first half and lead 32-25.

Simon Romfo had eight third quarter points to help the Cardinals tie the game at 40 midway through the third quarter, but St. John would grab a 49-45 lead going into the fourth.

Again the Cardinals would tie the game a couple of different times in the last frame, but Michael Dunn hit two very clutch threes in the fourth for the Woodchucks, and Tyreece Gunville made five free throws to help clinch the game. Langdon-Edmore-Munich had a chance to tie the game with their last possession, but they turned the ball over to end the game.

Dunn had 21 points and Gunville 20 for St. John while Grant Romfo led three players in double figures for the Cardinals with 18 points followed by Jackson Delvo with 13 and Simon Romfo with 10.

BOXSCORE

ST. JOHN 60,

LANGDON-EDMORE-MUNICH 55

STJ — 13 19 17 11 — 60

LEM — 16 9 20 10 — 55

Langdon-Edmore-Munich — Grant Romfo 18, Jackson Delvo 13, Simon Romfo 10, Alex Lowery 8, Ordale Morstad 4, Sean Gette 2

St. John — Michael Dunn 21, Tyreece Gunville 20, Zack Anderson 8, Brad Defender 8, Adam Jollie 3

Rebounds — LEM: 26 (Morstad 6, S. Romfo 5); STJ: 24 (Defender 6)

Assists — LEM: 20 (S. Romfo 7); STJ: 11 (Jollie 6)

Steals — LEM: 1; STJ: 7 (Jollie 4)

Turnovers — LEM: 13; STJ: 5

Field goal percentage — LEM: 21/44 (48%); STJ: 22/48 (46%)

Free throw percentage — LEM: 5/6 (83%); STJ: 10/14 (71%)

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Langdon-Edmore-Munich 55, North Star 47

In a game they knew they had to win or their season would be over, the Cards played hard against the Bearcats. They actually may have played a little too hard, as they had a number of shots that just missed in the contest. Langdon-Edmore-Munich shot just 3 of 23 from the three point line for the game.

The Cards slowly built a 27-22 halftime lead behind eight points from Jackson Delvo and seven by Grant Romfo. Keaton Kvilvang burned the Cardinals zone defense for 15 first half points. Langdon-Edmore-Munich switched to a man to man defense in the second half, but the Bearcats still made some tough 3-pointers, including a long bomb from 25 feet by Kvilvang to tie the game at 39 going into the fourth quarter. This is where Simon Romfo would step up, scoring eight points in the last frame and also going 9 for 9 from the free line for the game. Ordale Morstad and Sean Gette also made big baskets to salt the game away.

Perhaps the biggest key in the win was the Cardinals’ fourth quarter defense. They did not allow a North Star basket in the fourth until less then 90 seconds left in the game.

Simon Romfo had 19 points for the Cardinals, the only player to reach double figures. Kvilvang had 22 for the Bearcats followed by Austin Wagner with 10.

BOXSCORE

LANGDON-EDMORE-MUNICH 55,

NORTH STAR 47

LEM — 12 15 12 16 — 55

NS — 11 11 17 8 — 47

Langdon-Edmore-Munich — Simon Romfo 19, Grant Romfo 9, Ordale Morstad 8, Jackson Delvo 6, Alex Lowery 4, Sean Gette 3

North Star — Keaton Kvilvang 22, Austin Wagner 10, Hunter Borstad 4, Tom Nicholiason 4, Gavin Miller 2, Ian Knutson 1

Rebounds — LEM: 31 (S. Romfo 9, G. Romfo 6); NS: 32 (Borstad 11)

Assists — LEM: 11 (S. Romfo 5); NS: 6

Steals — LEM: 11 (S. Romfo 6); NS: 5

Turnovers — LEM: 8; NS: 16

Field goal percentage — LEM: 18/51 (35%); NS: 14/43 (33%)

Free throw percentage — LEM: 13/17 (76%); NS: 8/12 (67%)