Titans clamp down on Shiloh in 4th, open season with 57-50 winIt was close, but not always pretty. Dickinson Trinity and Shiloh Christian played a tight, down-to-the-wire boys basketball game Saturday afternoon at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
It was close, but not always pretty.
Dickinson Trinity and Shiloh Christian played a tight, down-to-the-wire boys basketball game Saturday afternoon at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
Junior guard Jacob Volk scored 17 points, 11 of them in the last 10 minutes, as the Titans defeated Shiloh Christian 57-50 in a game between two teams predicted to be in the upper tier of Class B this season.
Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner may have put it best.
“We’ve got a long way to go, but it’s a good way to start,” Grinsteinner said.
Shiloh (1-1) was picked by The Hoopster publication to win Region 5 and was ranked No. 8 in its Preseason Power Poll. Trinity (1-0) was ranked No. 10.
The two played like teams destined to be ranked highly, too.
Seven points was Trinity’s biggest lead and Shiloh only led by as much as five, 42-37 late in the third quarter.
However, Volk stepped up and buried a 3-pointer from the top of the key as the shot clock was winding down to cut the Skyhawks’ lead to 42-40 at the end of the third and gave Trinity all the momentum.
Trinity went on a 12-3 run in the fourth quarter and held Shiloh without a field goal until Joey Dwyer made a layup with 1:07 remaining.
“They had little runs, we had little runs,” Shiloh head coach Mike Dwyer said. “Unfortunately their little run was right at the end.”
Joey Dwyer hit a 3 with 46 seconds left to trim Trinity’s lead to 53-50. Shiloh had its chances late, too, but turned it over twice, allowing the Titans to wrap up the win.
Brandon Sickler got Trinity off to a good start in the first half, scoring eight of his 10 before halftime as Trinity took a 27-26 lead at the break.
A balanced attack won the day for the Titans, who had a 33-22 edge on the boards and grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, a stat number skewed by the amount of shots Trinity missed in the post early on.
Grinsteinner felt his team improved there as the game wore on though.
“I thought how we ended the second half was way better than how we ended the first half,” Grinsteinner said. “The second half, we decided to finish the game. I thought we did a much better job of executing and recognizing. “
Joey Dwyer led Shiloh with 12 points and Donovan Lambert, a transfer from New Town, added 10.
Trinity hosts the Roughrider Tournament beginning Tuesday and takes on Bowman County at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinal round.
“We got the first-game jitters out of the way,” Volk said. “We started slow and started turning it around in the second half. I know we can do better the next game.”
SC 14 26 42 50
Trinity 12 27 38 57
SC: Joey Dwyer 12, Donovan Lambert 10, Aaron Hultstrand 7, Matt Rask 7, Laramie Keplin 6, Klint Miller 6, Walter Bearstail 2.
T: Jacob Volk 17, Brandon Sickler 10, Alex Binstock 6, Christian Olson 6, Dylan Fridrich 5, Austin Gawryluk 5, Isiah Binstock 4, Jesse Kubik 4.
3-pointers: Keplin 2, Dwyer, Hultstrand, Olson, Volk. Free throws: SC 8-10, T 11-17. Total fouls: SC 19, T 14. Rebounds: SC 23 (Rask 9), T 33 (Fridrich 12). Assists: SC 12 (Dwyer 3), T 12 (three with 3). Steals: SC 3, T 5. Blocks: SC 0, T 2 (Volk 2). Turnovers: SC 10, T 6. Records: SC 1-1, T 1-0.