Dickinson High outlasts Williston
The Dickinson High boys basketball team is beginning to make wins look effortless.
“Tonight they looked under control,” Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. “They knew what they were supposed to do, they never got rattled, they took care of the ball we got good shots, shot ready and that’s because the kids are confident.”
In the first five minutes, both teams exchanged leads until Dickinson senior guard Parker Egli made a layup to tie the game 10-10 with 14:37 to go. It was the last time they tied and the Midgets broke away and went on an 11-0 run, stifling the Coyotes for the remainder of the game.
Dickinson continued building its lead outscoring Williston 10-5 down the stretch in the first half with an eight-point contribution from freshman guard Aanen Moody.
Moody had a team-high 23 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Mark Erickson finished with 16 points and senior post Luke Herauf had 15.
Erickson said the team is in a position where they no longer have to prove themselves and can enjoy the games.
“The confidence is allowing us to relax a little bit now that we don’t have to go and prove ourselves,” he said. “We’ve already proven what we can do so now we just have to keep our composure and stay as consistent as we can through the whole game.”
Senior forward Levi Jordheim, who finished with a team-high 12 rebounds, added: “We’re happy and the locker room is bouncing and we’re having fun being here. That’s why it’s starting to turn around for us.”
One of Dickinson’s main goals for this game was to limit Williston’s top scorer — senior center Jayden Ferguson.
The team accomplished its goal in the first half and limited him to 10 points. They weren’t able to hold him down for long, as Ferguson proved he is one of the league’s leading scorers and racked up a game-high 37 points.
“One person isn’t going to beat us,” Erickson said. “We did what we could with him and the rest of the team couldn’t beat us tonight. I’ll give the win to our defense tonight.”
Despite Ferguson’s performance, Williston had trouble finding the basket and went 19 for 61 (31 percent) and 6 for 18 (33 percent) from 3-point range. Dickinson finished 23 for 52 (44 percent) from the field and made 10 of 11 free throws.
Dickinson’s next game is against No. 4-ranked Bismarck St. Mary’s, a team the Midgets nearly beat on Jan. 31, at 6:45 p.m. Thursday. Dickinson is ready for the rematch with the Saints.
“We play really well at home and that’s part of what helped us when they came here,” Erickson said. “But we got to go there and play in a really tough facility and the second best scorer in the league is with them. We got to go in and play more defense and see what we can do with them.”
W: Jayden Ferguson 37, Chase Riegel 6, Seth Falcon 5, Quinn Wahlstrom 2, Hyrum Gentry 1, Jaren Falcon 1
D: Aanen Moody 23, Mark Erickson 16, Luke Herauf 15, Levi Jordheim 8, Parker Egli 2, Dylan Skabo 2
Half: 34-19. 3-pointers: W 6 (Ferguson 5, S. Falcon 1), D 10 (Moody 5, Erickson 4, Herauf 1). Free throws: W 8-15, D 10-11. Total fouls: W 15, D 15. Fouled out: W, Gentry. Rebounds: W 33 (Gentry 13), D 43 (Jordheim 12). Assists: W 3 (S. Falcon, Gentry, Riegel), D 9 (Skabo 5). Steals: W 6 (S. Falcon 4), D 4 (Skabo 2). Blocks: W none, D 2 (Erickson, Jordheim). Turnovers: W 9, D 12.