Reverse deja vu at DHS
Garret Jacobs was deliberate with his actions in the closing seconds Tuesday night at the Dickinson High School gymnasium.
With less than 10 seconds remaining and the score tied at 69, Bismarck Century sophomore Justin Ledger knocked the ball away from Dickinson sophomore Joe Hanstad. Century junior Bruce Govig grabbed the ball and passed it to Jacobs, who took it coast-to-coast, eventually kissing a floater off the glass to send the fourth-ranked Patriots to a 71-69 win in West Region boys basketball play.
"I knew I could make it and I went for it," Jacobs said.
Bismarck Century coach Rich Hovland said Jacobs' actions didn't surprise him.
"That was an athlete making a play," Hovland said. "That was a fun high school basketball game."
The final lay-in put Jacobs in double figures with 10 points and put the kibosh on a stunning Dickinson rally that saw the Midgets erase a 10-point deficit in the final 3 minutes of the game.
"Effort-wise, I was happy with the kids," Dickinson coach John Wilson said. "(But) we gave up some baskets in our full-court press. Some of the kids were not in tune to the game."
Dickinson's rally started with 3:01 to go, down 69-59. Joe Hanstad hit a pair of free throws and Cole Baker and Clark Weiser each went 1 of 2 from the charity stripe. Behind 69-63, Baker hit a 3-pointer from the left corner and followed with another one 25 seconds later to tie the game at 69. The 10-0 run happened in just 1 minute, 51 seconds.
"They have a lot of guys who can make plays," Hovland said of the Midgets. "They have six or seven scorers ... that made it difficult for us."
Dickinson got the ball back with around 30 seconds left and ran the clock down to around 12 seconds when Hanstad drove from the right wing. However, Ledger was there to hit the ball away, which Govig grabbed and hurled to Jacobs, who was a man on a mission.
"Our first option was Joe," Wilson said. "He wanted the ball in his hands at the end. I can't fault him for wanting to take it to the basket."
Prior to Dickinson's run, the Patriots used an 8-1 run to build its lead up to 10. The Midgets actually started the game on a 9-2 run, but Century fired back to take a 12-11 lead on a jumper from Andre Maund. Both teams exchanged leads multiple times until Century junior Ryan Buchholz made a last-second layup to put the Patriots up 37-35 at halftime.
"We gave up too much penetration in the first half," Wilson said. "If you give a team that much confidence in this league, you're in for a long night."
Century (5-2 overall, 2-2 West) was led in scoring by Buchholz' 18 points while senior Peter Pomonis added 16.
The Midgets (3-2, 1-2 West) had a balanced effort in the scoring column, just not enough actual scorers.
Hanstad finished with 18, Joe Emmerich dumped in 15 and Cole Baker and Jarl Abrahamson each had 12. Nate Moody chipped in nine points off the bench and the only other Dickinson player to get on the board was Clark Weiser with three.
The loss comes days after Dickinson beat No. 2 Williston on a hotly disputed layup by Baker in the final seconds.
"I was very impressed with Dickinson's kids," Hovland said. "They're inexperienced, not unlike us. I seem them improving."
BC: Ryan Buchholz 18, Peter Pomonis 16, Garret Jacobs 10, Jesse Kartes 7, Devin Melve 6, Justin Ledger 4, Bruce Govig 4, Tom Keller 2, Andre Maund 2, Taylor Roth 2.
D: Joe Hanstad 18, Joe Emmerich 15, Cole Baker 12, Jarl Abrahamson 12, Nate Moody 9, Clark Weiser 3.
Halftime score: BC 37, D 35. 3-pointers: BC, Pomonis 2, Buchholz. D, Baker 2, Moody 2, Abrahamson, Hanstad. Total fouls: BC 18, D 17. Technical fouls: D, Jarl Abrahamson. Fouled out: BC, Kartes. Rebounds: BC 29 (Kartes 6), D 27 (Baker 6). Assists: BC 10 (Govig 3, Buchholz 3), D 15 (Abrahamson 4, Hanstad 4). Steals: BC 6 (Buchholz 2), D 5 (Weiser 3). Blocks: BC 0, D 0. Turnovers: BC, 6, BC 11.