Bismarck High breaks away from MidgetsThe excitement, adrenaline and noise were all there.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
The excitement, adrenaline and noise were all there.
At least for the first seven minutes.
Then the tides turned in favor of the Bismarck High boys basketball team.
The Demons rode a 16-point halftime lead to a 71-44 win over Dickinson High in a West Region game on Friday at the DHS gymnasium.
“The place was rocking and we held with them,” Dickinson senior post Jordan Krieg said. “Once all the adrenaline passed, we kind of broke down and forgot the little things.
“We just kind of came out in the second half lackadaisical, making lazy passes and not boxing out. That’s what we get. If you are going to be lazy, you are going to get beat.”
Dickinson’s plan to start the second half was to slowly whittle Bismarck’s lead down to 10 points within eight minutes. That never happened.
“We wanted to come out with the same energy we started the game with,” Bismarck head coach Steve Miller added. “We have to rely on solid defense, fundamentals and the basics of basketball.”
Instead, the Demons (6-4, 5-2 West) expanded their lead to as much as 28 points in the second half. Bismarck’s largest lead was 59-31.
Dickinson head coach John Wilson said this was the only game thus far he wasn’t pleased with the outcome.
“I can say without hesitation every night we played from game one to this one, the kids played pretty smart and played pretty well,” Wilson said. “We didn’t play well tonight. That’s partly us and credit Bismarck and coach Miller.”
Bismarck used its entire starting lineup and bench to supply points. The Demons had eight players score five or more points. Taylor Schafer and Bronte Liggins led the way with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
“It’s a team game for us,” Miller said. “It could be someone different every night leading this team.”
The two teams shot virtually the same percentage from the field each at 41 percent. Bismarck, however, shot 17 more times, which were on second chance points and turnovers.
The Midgets (4-3, 2-3 West) committed 20 turnovers while Bismarck limited itself to 10. The Demons also had nine offensive rebounds compared to Dickinson’s four.
“In big games, you have to let the game come to you,” said Krieg, who had a game-high 16 points and five rebounds. “You’ve got to take the fundamentals and use them. That’s what separates mediocre teams from good teams.”
Jaden Kudrna supplied 12 points and three assists for the Midgets, followed by Matt Becker with five points off the bench. Levi Jordheim added four points and five rebounds.
Wilson said the team can’t hang its head after this loss. All the Midgets have to do is look to the future. They host Turtle Mountain at 7:30 p.m. next Friday.
“I hope we take a giant leap forward and not take a step backward when this happens,” Wilson said. “We have to worry about the next one. We have to go and get better.”
B: Taylor Schafer 15, Bronte Liggins 10, Ben Jolliffe 9, Tyler Unruh 8, Troy Hausauer 7, Tyler Clairmont 6, Nick Nustad 6, Josh Seibel 5, Dylan Werner 3, Seth Heilman 2.
D: Jordan Krieg 16, Jaden Kudrna 12, Matt Becker 5, Levi Jordheim 4, Dylan Skabo 2, Alex Huschka 2, Parker Egli 2, Luke Herauf 1.
Halftime: B 38-22. 3-pointers: B 5 (Unruh 2, Schafer 1, Nustad 1, Werner 1), D 5 (Krieg 2, Kudrna 2, Becker 1). Free throws: B 18-21, D 5-11. Total fouls: B 14, D 14. Rebounds: B 34 (Liggins 6), D 28 (Jordheim 5, Krieg 5). Assists: B 4 (Unruh 1, Jolliffe 1, Nustad 1, Hausauer 1), D 9 (Kudrna 3). Steals: B 3 (three tied with one), D 2 (Huschka 1, Kudrna 1). Blocks: none. Turnovers: B 10, D 20. Records: B 6-4 (5-2 West), D 4-3 (2-3 West).