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Dickinson boys survive Blue Jays' late surge

JAMESTOWN -- Dickinson High found the pedal just as Jamestown ran out of gas.

The Midgets stayed aggressive and finished 10-of-14 from the free-throw line in the final 1 minute, 20 seconds despite a fierce rally from the Blue Jays in a 55-45 West Region victory Thursday at the JHS gym.

Jamestown falls into today's play-in game at Turtle Mountain with a start time set for 7 p.m. The winner takes on top-seeded Bismarck St. Mary's in the opening round of the region tournament Thursday in Bismarck.

Jaden Kudrna was the only player in the contest to score in double figures with 19 points, but Dickinson coach John Wilson said it was his bench in the first half that he was most proud of.

"Our bench played the best they have all season," Wilson said. "They really got us in a rhythm."

Dickinson had a seemingly comfortable 28-12 lead at halftime, but the Blue Jays came out with a 12-2 run that featured 3-pointers from Ashton Johnson and McKade Kleinknecht.

"I loved our second-half effort," Jamestown coach Kelley Kessler said. "Our movement was better and our awareness was better. That's why we were successful."

Dickinson didn't score until the 12:47 mark of the second half, when standout Jordan Krieg hit a pair of free throws. And the Midgets didn't hit their first field goal until Dylan Skabo scored with 9:41 to go in the game.

"(Jamestown) is a better team than when we played them before," Wilson said. "They got some shots to go, and shooting is a confidence thing. You start to believe and that's what happened."

Dickinson, which made only six field goals in the second half, saw its nine-point lead cut to six when Johnson drilled another 3, this time from the top of the key.

After Krieg made one field goal, Jamestown's Landon Weiser hit a pair to get the Blue Jays to within five with 26.7 seconds remaining. Johnson and Ukestad led the Jamestown with eight points apiece.

But time ran out, and Dickinson secured the season sweep with a 5-of-6 effort from the line in the final 22 seconds.

The Midgets (7-9 region, 10-9 overall) are seeded sixth and meet Minot at the region tournament.

"We'll take a two-game winning streak going in," Wilson said. "Throw out the records; it's all matchups."

Dickinson: Jaden Kudrna 19, Mark Erickson 8, Dylan Skabo 7, Luke Herauf 6, Jordan Krieg 5, Levi Jordheim 4, Matt Becker 4, Alex Huschka 2. Totals 18-48 14-19 55

Jamestown: Tyler Ukestad 8, Ashton Johnson 8, Nick Fuchs 5, Lucas Keller 5, Brandon Wegner 4, David Hanson 4, McKade Kleinknecht 3, Austin Remmick 3, Alex McInnes 2, Landon Weiser 2, Scott Nelson 1. Totals 16-45 7-9 45

Halftime: D 28-12. 3-pointers: D 5-15 (Kudrna 3, Erickson 2), J 6-15 (Johnson 2, Kleinknecht, Keller, Remmick, Ukestad). Free throws: D 14-19, J 7-9. Total fouls: D 13, J 19. Fouled out: D, Krieg. Rebounds: D 20 (Krieg 9), J 30 (Johnson 6). Assists: D 9 (Skabo 8), J 5 (Johnson 3). Blocks: D 3 (Herauf 2), J 3 (Hanson 2). Steals: D 16 (Kudrna 5, Herauf 4), J 5 (Johnson 3). Turnovers: D 17, J 23.