Controversial call costs Dickinson boys game against St. Mary's
Bismarck St. Mary's and the Dickinson High boys basketball teams survived a slugfest of a second half. With less than ten seconds remaining in regulation, the game's conclusion was marred with controversy.
A technical foul called on Midgets head coach Dan Glasser in the final moments was the difference, as Bismarck St. Mary's captured a 67-65 victory on Tuesday, Feb. 6 from the DHS Gym.
Deadlocked at 65 with only 12 seconds left in the game, Dickinson looked to race the ball up the floor after rebounding a missed shot from Saints senior guard Hudson Bradley.
Midgets senior guard Connor Hoenke dribbled into traffic at midcourt as Glasser signaled for timeout. Surrounded by Saints, Hoenke tumbled to the ground with the ball still in hand, appearing to be fouled by an opposing player reaching for the ball. An official from the sideline ruled a traveling violation.
With boos and jeers raining down from the stands, Glasser stomped angrily onto the court frustrated over his signal being missed. Interpreted as a sign of dissention, the same official whistled Glasser with a technical foul.
Saints senior guard Luke Kambeitz was awarded two free throws, knocking down one with 7.2 seconds remaining. Retaining possession, Kambeitz was fouled after an inbounds pass, again only making 1 of 2 free throw attempts.
With time ticking off the clock, Dickinson hoisted up two chances but senior guard Dawson Bechtold missed a 3-pointer and Hoenke's putback from the baseline fell short.
After the game, Glasser declined an interview.
"We talk about it all the time, in this league on the road no matter where it is, it's going to be a difficult ballgame," Saints head coach Brent DeKok said. "Especially coming out here, these guys always play everybody tough out here. We knew it was going to be hard and we just keep telling our guys about keeping our poise and trying to stay together."
Dickinson held a 45-38 lead at halftime, but had a nightmarish start to the second half, turning the ball over on five of their first six possessions.
Saint Mary's took advantage with a 16-4 run and took as large as a 10-point lead.
Dickinson rallied to tie the score at 62, as the final seven minutes did not feature much offense.
Midgets senior forward Krew Mathern briefly gave Dickinson a 65-64 lead following a three-point play with 2:11 remaining.
Mathern led all scores with 26 points while senior guard Cole Gendreau countered with 24 points for the Saints.
"We talked a lot about at halftime that 45 points in one half is a lot to give up," DeKok said. We talked a lot about digging in our the defensive end and how during the first five minutes of the half, we needed to be the one who came out with the most energy."
Bismarck St. Mary's 67, Dickinson High 65
BSM 38 29
D 45 20
BSM: Cole Gendreau 24, Luke Kambeitz 11, John Nordberg 8, Ben Schmidt 8, Jaxson Wiseman 8, Hudson Bradley 5, Holten Bradley 3.
D: Krew Mathern 26, Cody Maier 12, Martin Lopez 9, Jaiden Wright 7, Dawson Bechtold 5, Connor Hoenke 4, Nathan Personne 2
3-pointers: BSM 8 (Gendreau 4), D 2 (Bechtold 1, Maier 1). Free throws: BSM 9-17, D 13-18. Total fouls: BSM 14, D 20. Technical fouls: 1 (D: Dan Glasser). Rebounds: BSM 33 (Bradley 7, Nordberg 7), D 34 (Tallon Klatt 7). Assists: BSM 5 (Nordberg 3), D 7 (Personne 3). Steals: BSM 14 (Gendreau 4, Wiseman 4), D 5 (Personne 1, Mathern 1, Hoenke 1, Wright 1, Lopez 1). Blocks: BSM 0, D 2 (Klatt 2). Turnovers: BSM 18, D 23. Records: BSM 5-12 (West Region 4-10), D 5-12 (West Region 3-11).