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Published March 12, 2011, 11:24 PM

Midway-Minto's Schanilec is N.D. Mr. Basketball

Midway-Minto guard Philip Schanilec's 5-foot-11 frame doesn't give him the dominating physical presence as the four other North Dakota Mr. Basketball award finalists. But he still has something the others don't: the award itself.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Midway-Minto guard Philip Schanilec's 5-foot-11 frame doesn't give him the dominating physical presence as the four other North Dakota Mr. Basketball award finalists. But he still has something the others don't: the award itself.

The high-scoring Schanilec edged Dickinson's Joe Hanstad and North Star's Grant Lindahl for the honor bestowed on the year's top senior player in the state as determined by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Schanilec received six first-place votes and 49 points, appearing on 15 of 17 ballots. He averaged 31.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 4.5 steals for the Mustangs this season.

Hanstad, who missed half of his team's 22 games with a wrist injury, appeared on 12 ballots. The 6-2 guard received eight first-place votes and 46 points. He was followed by Lindahl, a 6-7 forward who finished with three first-place votes and 44 points.

Fargo South forward Nick Schultz had 13 points and Fargo Oak Grove's Shayden Akason received one point.

Schanilec said he really hadn't given the Mr. Basketball award any thought.

"People around me make a bigger deal of it than I do," he said. "(But) Winning Mr. Basketball is a great honor. You start playing basketball in first and second grade and now you know that it paid off."

Schanilec hit a high of 49 points against Warwick this season, one he called a rebuilding year for Midway-Minto. He never got to play in a state tournament.

Midway-Minto coach Shane Robinson said Schanilec played hard regardless.

"You won't find a more coachable kid," Robinson said. "He's an all-around good athlete and a very good kid. He finds ways to score; that might be driving the lane or pulling up for a three. We did ask him to shoot a lot."

Hanstad was on pace to break Jeff Boschee's state Class A career scoring record until an injury sidelined him after just eight games. He returned in time for the West Region tournament, but Dickinson failed to advance.

Some voters were concerned Hanstad had not played enough games. He averaged 22.8 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the field.

Lindahl averaged 20.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots while leading North Star to a state Class B championship. He shot 51 percent from the field and 84.4 percent from the line and had 58 3-pointers entering the postseason.

The 6-4 Schultz averaged 18.7 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field.

Akason, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7 assists. He shot 55 percent from the field and 72 percent from the line.

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