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Century breezes past Dickinson

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior guard Dylan Skabo goes up for a 3-pointer against Bismarck Century during a West Region game on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium.

During the first six minutes, the Dickinson High boys basketball team played like one of the top teams in the state.

Yet, over the next 12 minutes of the first half, the Midgets didn’t have any answers for Bismarck Century.

The No. 3-ranked Patriots closed out the final 12 minutes of the first half with a 29-7 run en route to a 69-36 West Region win over Dickinson on Tuesday.

“In four games, we’ve started extremely well,” Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. “We just spent as much time in the locker room as we did, because we don’t have consistency. We can’t be two teams. We can be really good and we can be really bad. That’s a mental control and that’s something we are going to work.

“We have as good of a team as anybody, but we can be as bad as anybody. I’m not normally a negative person, but that’s something we have to take ownership in — why is that happening? Why are we falling off the tracks? We’ve got the ability to win.”

Century didn’t have much trouble running its offense after the initial six minutes. The Patriots shot 30 of 50 (60 percent) from the field including 78 percent in the second half.

The Patriots (6-0, 3-0 West Region) also had plenty of scorers contributing with four players in double figures and a total of nine players to score at least two points or more. Robert Hutchins led the team with 16 points, Tyler Rudolph posted 14, Ben Holen added 12 and Riley Henderson chipped in 10.

“That’s the team that we want to be,” Century head coach Darin Mattern said. “We think we have great versatility and we think we can put nine kids out there that score the ball. This group is very unselfish and they are willing to share the ball. I told them after the game, ‘It is pretty exciting watching you guys make that extra pass so guys are shooting wide-open shots.’”

Century gained its first lead, 13-12, after Ramey Schatz supplied layup. The Patriots scored the seven straight points to take a 20-12 lead. Century never coughed up the lead.

At halftime, the Patriots held a 31-17 lead. However, Wilson said digging out of the 14-point deficit was an attainable task.

“We don’t have a 14-point shot, but we have 18 minutes to get those points made up,” Wilson said. “When defense is good, our offense is unbelievable.”

However, Century went on a roll and didn’t let up. The Patriots went 18 of 23 (78 percent) from the field in the second half. Their biggest lead was 33 points, which happened to be the final.

Dickinson’s Dylan Skabo led the team with 10 points, three steals and two assists. Parker Egli added eight points, while Luke Herauf had six. Levi Jordheim posted six rebounds and four points.

“We have a lot of potential,” Skabo said. “In the first four games, we played some tough teams. We just had a tough opening schedule. But I do think in these next couple of games. We’ll see our true potential and come together.”

The Midgets are going back to practice to fix a couple mistakes before traveling Jamestown for a West Region game at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

“We got to go to practice,” Wilson said. “I’m a true believer that when you go to practice, you either get better or you get worse. You don’t stay the same. I challenged them to come to practice with one focus on what you want to get better at.”

Skabo added: “We just have to move the ball. Our passes weren’t very good. We stood and watched the ball. We need to continually move on offense.”

C: Robert Hutchins 16, Tyler Rudolph 14, Ben Holen 12, Riley Henderson 10, Dalton Feeney 5, Jake Little 4, Ramey Schatz 4, Alex Quist 3, Logan Kress 2.

D: Dylan Skabo 10, Parker Egli 8, Luke Herauf 6, Levi Jordheim 4, Mark Erickson 3, Jackson Binstock 2, Bronson Lewis 1, Drew Bechtold 1.

Half: C 31-17. 3-pointers: C 5 (Hendersen 2, Hutchins 1, Quist 1, Feeney 1), D 5 (Herauf 2, Skabo 2, Erickson 1). Free throws: C 4-5, D 6-8. Total fouls: C 13, D 9. Rebounds: C 22 (Rudolph 6), D 18 (Jordheim 6). Assists: C 9 (Quist 4), D 3 (Skabo 2). Steals: C 6 (Hutchins 2), D 4 (Skabo 3). Blocks: C 1 (Schatz 1), D 2 (two tied with one). Turnovers: C 5, D 9. Records: C 6-0 (3-0 West Region), D 0-4 (0-3 West Region).