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Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High junior forward Luke Herauf, right, goes up for a jump shot over Bismarck High’s Hayden Gibson during a West Region game on Friday at DHS gymnasium.

Bismarck High edges DHS' complete game

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For the first time this season, the Dickinson High boys basketball played an entire 36 minutes.

Though the result didn’t end in the Midgets first win of the season, head coach John Wilson said this game proved they have the ability of playing with the top teams in the West Region.

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Bismarck High edged Dickinson for a 49-44 West Region win on Friday at DHS gymnasium.

“This is the team that we felt has been in there for a long time,” Wilson said. “For us right now, it’s a matter of us taking care of what we need to do and we still have a lot of room for improvement. That makes us scary.”

Bismarck head coach Steve Miller added: “Dickinson has some good athletes and they are going to win some games. There’s no doubt about that. Once they get things rolling here a little bit, they got good athletes and good quickness.”

The Midgets conveyed the coach’s same message after the game.

“We played defense and that kept us in the game,” said Dickinson junior guard Mark Erickson, who finished with a team-high 13 points. “We never let them get ahead by 10 points. We were right there with them at the end. We just couldn’t take over.

“This is the best game that we’ve played all year. We held one of the best offensive teams in the state to under 50 points, put up 44 and played right with them. We have nothing to be upset about other than not getting the win tonight.”

After going shot-for-shot for a majority of the game, the Demons’ senior forward Taylor Schafer iced the game making five straight free throws in the final minute of the game. Schafer ended with a game-high 20 points and four rebounds.

Bismarck (6-3, 4-2 West Region) head coach Steve Miller said Schafer has been in those big-game situations before.

“(Taylor) can make those shots,” Miller said. “He came make free throw after free throw. He’s used to pressure situations there’s no doubt about that.”

Going into halftime Dickinson tied the game at 28, after Aanen Moody supplied a layup at the 1:02 mark and Erickson hit a jump shot with 31 seconds remaining.

In the first half, each team shot more than 40 percent as Bismarck was 13 of 30 (43 percent) and Dickinson was 11 of 27 (41 percent).

Despite shooting more than 40 percent, Miller felt the team didn’t play as a collective group. Though the team field goal percent went down by more than 6 points in the second half, Miller felt his team played more complete.

“I thought our offense was pathetic in the first half,” he said. “We were all about ourselves in the first half. I didn’t like that one bit. We reversed the ball much better in the second half, but we just couldn’t get those shots to fall.”

Dickinson’s biggest lift in the first half was Moody — a 6-foot-2 freshman guard — who finished with 11 points and four rebounds. Moody supplied a Midgets’ final points with 16 seconds remaining.

Dickinson cut Bismarck’s lead down to two on multiple occasions, but couldn’t come away with back-to-back field goals in the final 2 minutes.

“(Aanen) is a young kid and I don’t think he’s 100 percent healthy yet,” Wilson said. “We know the type of plays we can run with him and he does very very well.”

Coming into the game, the Midgets (0-7, 0-5 West Region) didn’t feel like they were receiving much respect. Those feelings didn’t change after the game.

“(Bismarck) walked off the floor like we didn’t do anything to deserve any credit and in fact their coach never gave us any credit,” Wilson said. “He didn’t say anything to me when he shook my hand.”

The Midgets also had Luke Herauf supply eight points, eight rebounds and two steals. Dylan Skabo, Parker Egli and Levi Jordheim all had four points.

Dickinson has a week to practice before hosting Turtle Mountain at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Erickson said this game will give the team confidence heading into its next game.

“As a team, we put everything together finally,” he said. “We’ll go into practice on Monday feeling pretty confident in how we played. We’ve known that we can play like this. It was just, when were we going to put it together. ”

B: Taylor Schafer 20, Scott Merger 12, James Iron Eyes 6, Dylan Werner 6, Hayden Gibson 3, Seth Heilman 2.

D: Mark Erickson 13, Aanen Moody 11, Luke Herauf 8, Dylan Skabo 4, Parker Egli 4, Levi Jordheim 4.

Half: 28-28. 3-pointers: B 1 (Schafer 1), D 2 (Erickson 1, Moody 1). Free throws: B 8-11, D 8-8. Total fouls: B 11, D 13. Rebounds: B 31 (Merger 6), D 39 (Herauf 8). Steals: B 11 (Merger 5), D 4 (Herauf 2). Blocks: B 1 (Merger 1), D 3 (Jordheim 2). Turnovers: B 12, D 12. Records: B 6-3 (4-2 West Region), D 0-7 (0-5 West Region).

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