Prep Notebook: Raiders set for rematch with TrinityRichardton-Taylor boys basketball coach Dan Glasser said losing to Dickinson Trinity in the championship game of the Roughrider Tournament was a good learning experience.
By: Chris Aarhus, The Dickinson Press
Richardton-Taylor boys basketball coach Dan Glasser said losing to Dickinson Trinity in the championship game of the Roughrider Tournament was a good learning experience.
“We were able to learn a lot about ourselves in that game,” Glasser said. “We looked over the tape and saw what we needed to improve on, and we saw the level that we needed to be at if we wanted to be successful.”
Trinity handed the Raiders a 66-47 loss on Dec. 21 and since then, the Raiders have lost just one game – 15-point setback to No. 1-ranked Linton in the Linton Holiday Tournament last week.
“I think we’ve improved since we played them, but they’ve also improved,” Glasser said.
Just how far each team has come will be evident tonight when the Titans host Richardton-Taylor in both teams’ District 14 opener at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
Trinity coach Gregg Grinsteinner said he knows he’ll see a Raiders’ team even more focused on team basketball.
“You’re going to see a more balanced offensive attack,” Grinsteinner said. “They’re at their best when they get all five guys involved. That’s one thing we’re definitely going to be concentrating on. The second thing is that we’re going to have to do a good job against their pressure defense.”
Trinity has bounced back from a season-opening loss to fourth-ranked Shiloh Christian to win five straight including the prestigious Roughrider Tournament where they also topped then-ranked Bowman County in the semifinals. The Titans are ranked sixth in the state media poll.
“We’re making progress,” Grinsteinner said. “I think our depth has really started to come into play. We’ve been able to wear some teams down. We’re getting a lot of contributions, not just from the starting five, but from four or five guys on the bench.”
Glasser said he expects Trinity to, once again, rely on smart basketball.
“They’re never in the wrong position, defensively,” Glasser said. “They have constant pressure on the ball. They’re always in the right position to get a rebound.”
DHS hosting Belcourt in West Region wrestling dual
The Dickinson High wrestling team finally gets to make up its wrestling dual against Belcourt at 6:30 p.m. today.
The dual was originally scheduled for Dec. 18, but had to be postponed because of weather-related problems.
The West Region dual could mean a lot for the Midgets. A loss to Belcourt would make it difficult for the Midgets to advance to the Class A state dual tournament in February.
Dickinson follows that up with the Bismarck Rotary this weekend. The Rotary is one of the biggest wrestling tournaments in the region as teams from Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota attend as well as almost every Class A school and select Class B schools like Napoleon.
Doubleheader for Dickinson hockey
The Dickinson Recreation Center will be hosting a high school hockey doubleheader on Friday.
The Dickinson High boys host Jamestown at 7:30 p.m. Dickinson is looking for revenge after falling to the Blue Jays 1-0 to start the regular season. The Midgets are 4-5 overall and 2-4 in the West Region with conference wins coming over Mandan and Hazen-Beulah. They currently sit seventh in the region.
The girls host Minot at 5:15 p.m. The Midgets are 2-4 with their only win counting toward the standings being a 4-0 blanking of Hazen-Beulah in the season opener.