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Volk, Titans take care of New England

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity senior Jacob Good, right, passes the ball against New England seniors Ian Fitterer, left, and Alex Nielsen, back, on Tuesday during the 42nd annual Roughrider boys basketball tournament at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

After the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team ripped open a 13-0 run in the first quarter, there was little New England could do.

The No. 4-ranked Titans maintained a 25-point lead at halftime en route to a 70-41 win against the Tigers in the 42nd annual Roughrider Tournament on Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

"For the most part, I thought we did a good job of executing," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. "We came off a big win on Saturday (against Shiloh Christian) and we wanted to continue that momentum."

Trinity used a combination of lockdown defense and a balanced effort, which resulted in 8 of the 10 players scoring at least one point. Senior guard Jacob Volk led the Titans with 22 points, 13 rebounds, four steals and three assists.

Grinsteinner knows Volk is able to score points at any time during the game, but the team wanted to get an inside presence going with its two big men, 6-foot-7 Jesse Kubik and 6-3 Isiah Binstock.

"Jesse and Isiah have to score in the paint for us," Grinsteinner said. "Those two guys had a combined 23 and 16 rebounds. If we can that kind of production out of both those guys, it's going to make everybody else better."

Kubik said it's great to be on the court with Binstock at the same time. As the game wares on, Kubik and Binstock sub in and out for each. Kubik supplied 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Binstock added six points and six rebounds.

"We played offense and defense just like we planned," Kubik said. "Overall, we got the win and that's what matters."

Trinity's defense held New England to 14 points in the first three quarters, but scored 27 in the fourth. Levi Hollinger led the Tigers with 18 points including 12 in the second half. Daniel Prince, a 6-4 sophomore, and Ian Fitterer, a 6-0 senior, each posted eight points.

"We moved the ball a little better and shots went through the basket," Powers said. "We just have to rebound and our goal is to win the next two games."

The Tigers (2-2) have now played the top two teams in Region 7 after losing 74-21 to defending state champions and No. 2-ranked Beulah in the McLean County Tournament championship game on Saturday.

"We've played two of what I believe are the top three teams in the state," Powers said.

Trinity held the edge on the boards 47-24.

Ben Gordon had eight points and five assists for the Titans (3-0).

Trinity plays Heart River in the tournament semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday while New England faces Killdeer in the consolation semifinals at 3 p.m.

"We turned the ball over too much tonight and rebounding we did OK with," Grinsteinner said. "Those are things that we can work and get ready for the next game on Thursday."

NE 6 11 14 41

Trinity 19 36 54 70

NE: Levi Hollinger 18, Daniel Prince 8, Ian Fitterer 8, Austin Fitterer 3, Alex Nielsen 2, Garrett Fitterer 1, Lan Herberholz 1.

T: Jacob Volk 22, Jesse Kubik 17, Ben Gordon 8, Isiah Binstock 6, Jacob Good 6, Alex Binstock 6, Mitch Meyer 3, Austin Deichert 2.

3-pointers: NE 4 (I. Fitterer 2, Prince 1, Hollinger 1), T 3 (Meyer 1, Volk 1, Gordon 1). Free throws: NE 11-22, T 5-8. Total fouls: NE 19, T 15. Rebounds: NE 24 (Prince 4), T 47 (Volk 13). Assists: NE 7 (A. Fitterer 2), T 18 (Gordon 5). Steals: NE 10 (Prince 2, Hollinger 2, I. Fitterer 2), T 11 (Volk 4). Blocks: NE 1 (Prince 1), T 3 (Volk 1, Good 1, I. Binstock 1). Turnovers: NE 17, T 16. Records: NE 2-2, T 3-0.