North Star edges Box Elder on opening day of the District 9C boys tournament


February 20, 2020

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

North Star's Payne Ditmar, right, flies in for a shot during Wednesday's first round game of the District 9C boys tournament between the Knights and the Box Elder Bears at the Havre High gymnasium. The Knights won to advance to tonight's semifinals, where they'll play Fort Benton.

The four-five matchup in a district tournament always seems to be a toss-up. It always seems to be one of the most competitive and exciting games of any bracket.

And the four-five matchup in the opening round of the 2020 District 9C boys basketball tournament was no different, as the fifth-seeded North Star Knights edged the fourth-seeded Box Elder Bears 59-56 inside the Havre High gymnasium Wednesday afternoon.

"I'm proud of these boys," North Star head coach Cody Donoven said as his Knights advanced to tonight's semifinal against top-seeded Fort Benton. "I wouldn't trade these kids for...

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