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Midgets clip Blue Jays: Dickinson High stays hot, shoots 60 percent to defeat Jamestown

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior guard Parker Egli, back left, drives for a layup against a pair of Jamestown defenders as teammate senior forward Levi Jordheim, middle, watches during a loser-out game in the West Region Tournament on Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center exhibition hall. The Midgets defeated the Blue Jays 80-58.

BISMARCK — Out of a possible 18 minutes to play in the first half, Dickinson High senior guard Parker Egli played all but 8 seconds.

And made his time count.

Egli supplied 17 of his game-high 20 points before halftime as Dickinson defeated Jamestown 80-58 in the loser-out game of the West Region Tournament on Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center exhibition hall.

“I got really comfortable and the entire team got comfortable,” said Egli, who also had five rebounds and five assists. “We shot a real high field goal percentage all game. We were getting shots in rhythm.”

The Midgets offensive prowess showed early and often. Dickinson finished with five players in double figures.

Dickinson was 14 of 24 (58 percent) from the field in the first half. The Midgets didn’t falter in the second half to finish 28 of 47 (60 percent) from the field including 11 of 21 from 3-point range.

The Midgets’ junior guard Mark Erickson was the recipient of many crisp passes at the 3-point line. His favorite spot was the left corner, where he drained two 3-pointers in less than a minute. Erickson finished with 14 points and had four 3-pointers.

“We were playing defense and we had three or four turnovers in a row and that allowed us to spread the floor,” Erickson said. “We ran and got to the middle and their defense collapsed and that left me wide open three times in a row.”

Once the Midgets went up 41-30 at the 17:15 mark of the first half, they never relinquished the double-digit lead. Egli gave Dickinson the double-digit advantage after knocking down three straight free throws.

At the half, Dickinson held a 38-27 lead. The biggest margin for the Midgets was 72-46 when freshman guard Aanen Moody supplied a layup. Moody saw limited playing time in the first half after picking up three fouls in 5:20. Nonetheless, Moody didn’t have any trouble in the second half, which he scored 11 of his 15 points.

“When we got into the flow of the game, we started to get multiple stops and we were able to put scores behind it,” Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. “We answered early on and that was a big thing.”

Levi Jordheim and Luke Herauf closed out the Midgets’ double-digit scorers. Jordheim supplied 10 points, seven rebounds, five steals and two blocks. Herauf had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Jamestown’s Logan Anderson posted a team-high 12 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Nick Fuchs added 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Midgets continue in the West Region Tournament, playing in a state qualifying game against No. 5-ranked Minot at 1:30 p.m. today at the Bismarck Civic Center. Dickinson is 1-1 against the Magicians this season.

“We always say that you are going to have to beat one of the top teams to get to state,” Wilson said. “We’ve been able to play with Minot, but they are a very good basketball team. The past doesn’t matter at this point. We just have to be the better team (today).”

Erickson added: “This game needs to transition into (today). We beat Minot at home and lost by 20 up there. If we play like we just did, we are going to tough to defend. We have to continue to play defense.”

D: Parker Egli 20, Aanen Moody 15, Mark Erickson 14, Luke Herauf 14, Levi Jordheim 10, Bronson Lewis 3, Mac Rohr 2, Jud Mork 2.

J: Logan Anderson 12, Nick Fuchs 11, Noah Wanzek 9, Ashton Johnson 7, Ross Monson 6, Mac Wagner 5, Tyler Ukestad 3, Ben Hanson 3, Landon Weiser 2.

Half: D 38-27. 3-pointers: D 11 (Erickson 4, Egli 3, Moody 2, Herauf 1, Lewis 1), J 4 (Fuchs 3, Johnson 1). Free throws: D 13-20, J 8-10. Total fouls: D 14, J 18. Fouled out: J, Wagner. Rebounds: D 31 (Herauf 7, Jordheim 7), J 36 (Fuchs 8). Assists: D 16 (Egli 5), J 7 (Anderson 3). Steals: D 10 (Jordheim 5), J 10 (Fuchs 2, Johnson 2). Blocks: D 4 (Jordheim 2), J 2. Turnovers: D 19, J 17. Records: D 8-13, J 5-16.