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Turtle Mountain tops Dickinson

BELCOURT — For any sports team, the first game of the season is full of nerves and mistakes.

The Turtle Mountain boys basketball team beat Dickinson 69-46 in a West Region game Saturday and Midgets head coach John Wilson said his team’s biggest downfall was its failure to get organized on offense.

“Our kids never really got organized and it seemed like we broke down really really quickly in everything we tried to do and end up forcing some shot we normally aren’t going to take,” Wilson said. “We’re not going to be a deadly 3-point type of team.”

Turtle Mountain’s Tristan Keplin and Kolton Keplin led the Braves with 12 points each on the night, followed by Jonathan Parisien with eight and Tiray Azure and Jalen Jeanotte each with seven.

Three Midgets finished with double-digit points Saturday; Junior guard Mark Erickson and junior center Lucas Herauf each supplied 14 points while Parker Egli finished with 10. This was Herauf’s first game starting for the varsity team.

“It’s good to see those two guys get going because quite honestly right now, those would be the two guys we got to get things to go for us,” Wilson said. “Collectively those two had nice games. They’re probably going to show the most consistency early on in the season for sure.”

Despite Saturday’s less than stellar first performance, Wilson is aware of his team’s excellent work ethic and how they looked in preseason practices. Game experience is the only way the team can truly get better and the Midgets will go back to work next weekend traveling to Glendive Friday and Minot Saturday. With any team early in the season, Dickinson will prepare for those games by going back to basics and trying to become fundamentally sound.

“Basically what we’re going to try and do is try to find ways to make our kids handle that uncomfortable feeling they had tonight,” Wilson said. “I give them credit, that’s a very good defensive Belcourt team so we’re going to try and make our kids play harder from our JVs, to our sophomores … Everybody has to step up and play a lot harder.”

D: Luke Herauf 14, Mark Erickson 14, Parker Egli 10, Jud Mork 4, Drew Behold 2, Dylan Skabo 2.

TM: Tristan Keplin 12, Kolton Keplin 12, Buddy Kerlo 11, Jonathan Parisien 8, Jalen Jeanotte 7, Tiray Azure 7, Jordan Davis 4, Trae Blue 3, Braedon Allery 2, Brock Keplin 2, Lane Day 1.