VALLEY CITY, N.D. – A stomach bug forced Xyler Carlson to sit out stretches of MayPort-CG’s game against Wyndmere-Lidgerwood in the opening round of the Barnes County Boys Basketball Tournament on Tuesday at Valley City State.
Carlson would have had a hard time convincing opposing fans that he wasn’t feeling well Tuesday.
The MPCG senior guard drilled four 3-pointers and piled up a game-high 18 points to lead the Patriots (4-1) to their fourth straight win with a 53-31 victory over the Warbirds in the eight-team tourney.
Patriots head coach Taylor Kunkel admitted Carlson wasn’t feeling his best Tuesday night against the Warbirds (1-1) and their 7-foot senior center Bryer Kaczynski.
But MPCG didn’t seem fazed by Carlson’s noticeable absences during portions of the game.
The team may have turned in its best defensive performance of the season, Kunkel said.
“That had to be the best defense we’ve played all year,” Kunkel said. “We really had time over the (holiday) break to focus on what we want to do on defense and it really showed (tonight).”
The Patriots caught the Warbirds with a shorthanded roster in the opening game of the tournament.
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