Saints start hot, leave Dickinson in dustIn the first seven minutes, the Dickinson High boys basketball team couldn’t buy a basket.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
In the first seven minutes, the Dickinson High boys basketball team couldn’t buy a basket.
Bismarck St. Mary’s couldn’t miss.
The Saints built up a 20-point lead en route to a 75-65 win over the Midgets in a West Region game on Friday at the DHS gymnasium.
“I thought tonight we completed,” Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. “We were a little shell shocked early, but that’s something we have to get through.
“Outcomes are outcomes and what I’ve always hung my hat on is how we competed. We competed and the good thing is the season isn’t over.”
Take out the first seven minutes and Dickinson outscored the Saints 59-49. Senior guard Jaden Kudrna said the Midgets are playing well — it was just a tough start.
“St. Mary’s is a great team with a lot of good players,” he said. “We just came out flat in the first half. If it wasn’t for the first seven minutes, we outscored them the rest of the way. We just weren’t able to get that start back.”
The Saints shot 62 percent from the field in the first half. Ben Weisbeck, a junior guard, scored 17 of his game-high 30 points in the first half. He shot 11 of 14 (79 percent) from the field, and made all three of his 3-point attempts.
“He’s freakishly athletic,” said Kudrna, who had 14 points. “You just can’t have one person guarding him. We are going to have to do a better job on him when we see him later on in the season.”
Not only was Weisbeck firing on all cylinders, his hot hand was contagious. Scott Nagel added 19 points and seven rebounds, while Darius Sparks supplied 16 points.
“Anytime you have a dynamic playmaker like Ben, he’s going to draw a lot of the attention,” St. Mary’s head coach Joe Mueller said. “Ben is an unselfish player and he’s got good players around him.”
Dickinson countered with Jordan Krieg and Kudrna.
The senior duo combined for 31 points as Krieg led the team with 17 points and 10 rebounds. All nine players Wilson sent to the floor scored at least two or more points.
As a team, the Midgets were 22 of 49 (45 percent) from the field, while the Saints shot 30 of 51 (59 percent).
“We got Bismarck St. Mary’s best shot tonight,” Wilson said. “When I say that I mean Weisbeck is on.”
Despite trailing 41-26 at halftime, Dickinson continued to fight back. It got within six, 70-64, with less than two minutes to play after an Alex Huschka 3-pointer. He and Mark Erickson each scored nine points.
The Midgets are on the road for the next West Region three games, beginning with Williston at 6:45 p.m. Thursday.
“We have to play like we did in the second half for the full 38 minutes,” Kudrna said.
SM: Ben Weisbeck 30, Scott Nagel 19, Darius Sparks 16, Brian Obritsch 4, Trent Bohan 4, Dan Neff 2.
D: Jordan Krieg 17, Jaden Kudrna 14, Mark Erickson 9, Alex Huschka 9, Levi Jordheim 5, Dylan Skabo 4, Matt Becker 3, Luke Herauf 2, Mitch Mehrer 2.
Half: SM 41-26. 3-pointers: SM 8 (Weisbeck 3, Sparks 3, Nagel 2), D 9 (Erickson 3, Kudrna 3, Huschka 2, Krieg 1). Free throws: SM 7-12, D 12-17. Total fouls: SM 14, D 14. Rebounds: SM 29 (Nagel 7), D 26 (Krieg 10). Assists: SM 13 (Sparks 4), D 14 (Skabo 5). Steals: SM 3 (Nagel 1, Weisbeck 1, Bohan 1), D 6 (Erickson 3). Blocks: SM 0, D 2 (Herauf 1, Erickson 1). Turnovers: SM 10, D 8. Records: SM 9-2 (7-2 West), D 6-6 (3-6 West).