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Titans roll past, top Raiders: Mayer scores 17 as Dickinson Trinity defeats Richardton-Taylor

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity junior guard Joe Mayer, left, drives past Richardton-Taylor senior guard Lane Voltz for a layup during a Region 7 game on Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. Mayer finished with a game-high 17 points as the Titans defeated the Raiders 71-39.

Austin Deichert has watched the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team transform its inexperience into a well-rounded offensive machine.

The Titans offensive burst took a couple minutes to get rolling, but when it did there was little Richardton-Taylor could do.

“At the beginning of the season, we were young and now we’ve matured,” said Deichert, a senior guard. “We’ve taken on the role of what we need to do. We know what we are doing out on the floor. We aren’t starry eyed coming out here. Now we have a sense of urgency and we want to get things done.”

Trinity shot 55 percent from the field en route to a 71-39 Region 7 win over the Raiders on Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

“We had a little emotional letdown after the win against New England on Friday,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “Austin Deichert really got us going. His energy brought us up and once he started to get going the rest of our kids really feed off him. Other than the few turnovers that we did have, our kids executed and guarded very well.”

In the first quarter, Richardton-Taylor’s misfortunes turned into positives for Trinity. The Raiders (4-12, 2-5 Region 7) missed six layups in the first 8 minutes and the Titans (9-6, 6-1 Region 7) didn’t waste any time putting their opponent in an early deficit.

Trinity went on 12-3 to close out the first quarter, which was finished on a Joe Mayer layup with 3 seconds remaining. Mayer finished with a game-high 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.

“Those missed layups were huge, because that’s 12 points,” Richardton-Taylor head coach Rob Bartz said. “That the difference between us being up five or down eight. It’s momentum. It isn’t just the points you miss. It’s the momentum of looking up at the scoreboard. Those missed layups turned into turnovers and things snowballed from there. We played pretty good basketball for the first quarter and half. We kind of fell apart in the second quarter and they went on a run. We just couldn’t recover from it.”

The Raiders countered with 6-2 in the first 2:05 of the second quarter to cut the Titans’ lead down to 20-15. Lane Voltz and Spencer Floberg combined to score the six points for Richardton-Taylor. Voltz ended with a team-high 15 points, while Floberg supplied 12 rebounds and eight points.

Richardton-Taylor’s brief run was short lived as the Titans turned on their fluid mix of offense. Trinity had 10 players scored two or more points including sophomore Willy Jahner, who came off the bench to post 14.

“We talk about 3-minute spans and we want to win every 3-minute span that we have,” said Grinsteinner, who is three wins away from No. 400. “We really pushed the ball in transition. Our balance is what helped really helped us.

“We are getting the stage in the game where kids are getting confident in each other. At first, we had to build that confidence in ourselves and now we starting to have each other’s back. That’s so important.”

By halftime, the Titans held a commanding 19-point, 38-19, lead, which they never let go.

At the end of the third quarter, Trinity extended its lead to 54-31 after Deichert and Jahner hit back-to-back 3-pointers. Deichert ended with eight points, four assists and four steals.

During the final 8 minutes, the Titans outscored the Raiders 17-8 and held their biggest lead of the game at 67-32 when Mayer supplied a layup.

For the Titans, Brett Mortenson had nine points, six rebounds and three assists. Cole Wilhelmi supplied six points and five assists, while Brock Messer had six points and five rebounds.

Hunter Kuntz posted nine points, while Cory Rebel had five and Lane Aune grabbed six rebounds for Richardton-Taylor.

The Titans continue their Region 7 schedule traveling to Hettinger-Scranton at 7 p.m. Friday. Trinity continues its road trip against Watford City at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“This week has been tournament preparation for us,” Grinsteinner said. “(In a tournament) you are going to play three games in a very short amount of time. You don’t have a lot of preparation time in between. That’s one thing our kids are starting to learn. These last five games that we have in the regular season we are going to treat everything like a tournament game. You don’t move on in a tournament unless you take care of business that night. Our kids are starting to buy into that.”

RT 9 19 31 39

Trinity 18 38 54 71

RT: Lane Voltz 15, Hunter Kuntz 9, Spencer Floberg 8, Cory Rebel 5, Lane Aune 1, Coal Kuntz 1.

T: Joe Mayer 17, Willy Jahner 14, Brett Mortenson 9, Austin Deichert 8, Cole Wilhelmi 6, Brock Messer 6, Jon Volk 4, Shawn Stoltz 3, Nick Klug 2, Easton Brost 2.

3-pointers: RT 4 (Voltz 3, Floberg 1), T 5 (Jahner 3, Deichert 2). Free throws: RT 7-15, T 4-14. Total fouls: RT 12, T 11. Rebounds: RT 32 (Floberg 12), T 39 (Stoltz 6). Assists: RT 9 (Floberg 3), T 22 (Wilhelmi 5). Steals: RT 13 (Aune 3), T 19 (Deichert 4). Blocks: RT 2 (Floberg 2), T 4 (Mortenson 2). Turnovers: RT 19, T 13. Records: RT 4-12 (2-5 Region 7), T 9-6 (6-1 Region 7).