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Midgets roll Cowboys: Dickinson High beats Custer County (Mont.) for 2nd straight win

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior guard Parker Egli, left, goes up for a basket against a Custer County (Mont.) defender in a nonconference game Monday at DHS gymnasium. The Midgets beat the Cowboys 69-56.

With the weight of winning its first game gone, the Dickinson High boys basketball team let its offense roll.

The offense rolled straight to its second win of the season.

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Parker Egli — who dropped 22 points in a 51-48 win against Mandan on Saturday — supplied 27 points to lead the Midgets past Custer County (Mont.) 69-56 during a nonconference game on Monday at DHS gymnasium.

“As a team, we are allowing our offense to run rather than five guys individually trying to force up shots,” said Egli, who added four rebounds and three assists.

Not only did the Midgets (2-8) let their offense roll, but found the free-throw line 38 times. Dickinson went 28 of 38 (74 percent) from the charity stripe.

“Our offense has to start from the paint,” Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. “You get to the paint through cuts, penetration and through post feeds. Our kids felt really good with their spacing tonight and that allowed us to attack the lane. Our kids are finally realizing there are so many other ways to score than chucking 3s and trying to do things that we might do at an open gym than in a controlled setting.”

Dickinson and Custer County battled back and forth throughout the first half as each team went on little runs.

At halftime, the Midgets held a 31-26 lead. Custer County’s Brac Warren scored the final points of the first half after hitting a 3-pointer with 33 seconds remaining.

Warren wasn’t going away any time soon. The 6-foot-3, junior forward finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

“Brac is a great player and he does a lot of things well for us,” Custer County head coach Houston Finn said. “We can’t rely on one guy to do it all. We have to play good team basketball.”

In the second half, the Midgets opened up the scoring with a quick six-point run. Egli hit a 3-pointer and Mark Erickson, who finished with 15 points, supplied a layup and a free throw. The 11-point, 37-26, lead was Dickinson first double-digit advantage.

The closest the Cowboys came in the final 15 minutes was a four points 39-35 after Warren hit one of two free throws. Dickinson maintained a two-possession advantage throughout the entire second half.

“We are always going to be in close games all the time. We have been all year,” Egli said. “We are finally pulling ahead now. We are finally focusing the whole game.”

Dickinson’s Levi Jordheim finished with 10 rebounds and six points and five steals, while Luke Herauf added eight points, four rebounds and three steals.

The Midgets’ season doesn’t get any easier. Dickinson travels to No. 1-ranked Bismarck Century at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, while hosting No. 2-ranked Bismarck St. Mary’s at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“We go No. 1 and No. 2,” Wilson said. “We can’t get caught up in the rankings. The pressure isn’t on us. It’s on them. They got the target on their back. We have nothing to lose and it doesn’t matter if we win or lose. We want to, but we are talking about getting better. We don’t want to peak now. We want to peak in March.”

CC: Brac Warren 17, Brett Keith 11, Austin Stradley 7, Timmy Regan 7, Conner Torstenbo 6, Gavin Gundlach 5, Troy Burk 3.

D: Parker Egli 27, Mark Erickson 15, Luke Herauf 8, Levi Jordheim 6, Dylan Skabo 5, Mac Rohr 4, Aanen Moody 4.

Half: D 31-26. 3-pointers: CC 5 (Warren 2, Gundlach 1, Regan 1, Burk 1), D 3 (Egli 3). Free throws: CC 9-22, D 28-38. Total fouls: CC 27, D 22. Fouled out: CC, Gundlach, Stradley. Rebounds: CC 42 (Warren 10), D 49 (Jordheim 10). Assists: CC 5 (Regan 2), D 3 (three tied with one). Steals: CC 7 (Warren 3), D 18 (Jordheim 5). Blocks: CC 2 (Regan 2), D 8 (Jordheim 5). Turnovers: CC 25, D 20. Records: D 2-8.