Volk scores career point No. 1,000 as No. 3 Trinity crushes Watford City
The Class B boys basketball postseason doesn't start until next Friday.
Dickinson Trinity and senior guard Jacob Volk didn't get that memo.
The No. 3-ranked Titans scored the game's first 15 points and never looked back, throttling Watford City 74-25 in a non-region game on Friday night in their regular-season home finale at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
"I think we all realize that it was our last home game, our last regular-season home game, and we had to come out with a bang," Volk said.
The 6-foot-3 senior had one of the biggest nights of his career, compiling 29 points, seven blocks, six assists and five rebounds while scoring his 1,000th career point on a second-chance layup in the third quarter. Volk now has 1,009 points in his three-year varsity career.
He didn't do much scoring at the outset, however, as senior forward Isiah Binstock and the rest of the Titans carried the load.
Binstock scored seven of his 14 points in the first 5 minutes while senior guards Alex Binstock and Jacob Good keyed a lockdown defensive effort that kept Watford City scoreless for nearly 6 minutes.
"When they start defending like that, it really frustrates a team," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. "Then our bigs and Jacob (Volk) took over. What can you say about those guys? That's the most complete game we've played all year."
Trinity led 23-6 at the end of the first quarter and expanded that to 44-13 by halftime. Volk, who played just 18½ minutes, scored 15 of his game-high 29 in the second quarter.
Wolves head coach Randy Cranston said his team's paltry 8 of 52 (15 percent) shooting effort from the field was a product of Trinity's defense.
The Titans caused 25 turnovers, coming up with 14 steals and blocking 11 shots.
"It's what they're known for," Cranston said. "They're a good, solid defense. They were in our shorts and we couldn't get a whole lot done."
The Titans didn't hold back in the second half either.
Trinity scored the first 17 points of the third quarter -- Volk had eight of those, three of which were layups in transition -- as it exploded to an insurmountable 61-13 lead by the time junior Andrew Sampsel hit a pair of shots off the bench.
Sampsel had five points to lead Watford City, which had four other players with four points.
"We started on the defensive end with it and transferred it to the offensive end," said Volk, whose final points were a two-handed slam dunk in transition early in the fourth quarter. "That's been our motto all year and we lived up to it tonight."
Senior Jacob Good added nine points and four steals. Senior Jesse Kubik had seven points and seven rebounds while Isiah Binstock added nine boards.
Trinity has the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the District 14 Tournament and will face the either third-seeded Hazen or sixth-seeded Glen Ullin-Hebron at 6:30 p.m. MST Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Beulah High School gymnasium in the semifinals.
It's a game that can't come fast enough for the Titans.
"We're ready for the postseason," Grinsteinner said with a smile. "It's time."
WC 6 13 17 25
Trinity 23 44 63 74
WC: Andrew Sampsel 5, Tyler Bates 4, Shane Jorgenson 4, Cole Rolfsrud 4, Michael Schulz 4, Dustin Kleppen 3, Reid Brown 1.
T: Jacob Volk 29, Isiah Binstock 14, Jacob Good 9, Jesse Kubik 7, Alex Binstock 6, Mitch Meyer 3, Ben Gordon 2, Dylan Gress 2, Joe Mayer 2.
3-pointers: WC 1 (Kleppen), T 1 (Volk). Free throws: WC 8-10, T 13-18. Total fouls: T 14, T 16. Rebounds: WC 34 (Rolfsrud 8), T 42 (I. Binstock 9). Assists: WC 5 (Bates 2), T 21 (Volk 6). Steals: WC 2 (Fettig, Sampsel), T 1 (Good 4). Blocks: WC 3 (three with 1), T 14 (Volk 7). Turnovers: WC 25, T 10.