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Titans roll past Bulldogs: Jahner scores 24 points as Dickinson Trinity defeats Bowman County

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson Trinity junior post Brett Mortenson, right, goes up for a layup against Bowman County during a Region 7 game on Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. Mortenson scored 11 points as the Titans won 79-47.

In the first four minutes, the Bowman County and Dickinson Trinity boys basketball teams were locked into a battle.

However, over the next 28 minutes the Titans were in charge. The biggest charge from the first four minutes to the next 28 for Trinity was finding the extra pass.

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Trinity used a game-high 24-point performance from sophomore Willy Jahner to take a 79-47 Region 7 win over Bowman County on Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

“On the offensive end, we made the extra pass,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “That’s where Joe (Mayer) and Willy got a lot of nice looks. We didn’t settle for a good shot, we wanted a great shot. That’s something we’ve got to continue throughout the year.”

Jahner, who went 6 of 8 from 3-point range, added: “My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball. I just shot and they went in.”

The Titans finished with 26 assists with four scorers reaching double figures. Joe Mayer added 19 points and seven rebounds, while Brett Mortenson and Cole Wilhelmi each had 11 points. Austin Deichert and Wilhelmi each dished out six assists, while Jahner and Mayer both had five.

At the 4:15 mark of the first quarter, the Titans (5-5, 2-0 Region 7) turned up their offense and went on an 18-4 to close out the opening eight minutes. Trinity held a 22-9 lead after the first quarter and the team never let go.

Trinity outscored the Bulldogs 20-9 in the second quarter to take a 42-18 lead at halftime. The Titans were 18 of 32 (56 percent) from the field in the first half, while Bowman County was 7 of 20 (35 percent).

“We wanted to come out, pressure the ball and get some turnovers,” Jahner said. “Hopefully, we could get some steals and covert them to layups on the other end.

“We got to make sure that we keep up the intensity all game. If we do that, we can get steals and easy shots on the other end.”

The Bulldogs’ leading scorer Tanner Fischer supplied a team-high 20 points and six rebounds. Bowman County head coach Steve Shahan said the offense doesn’t go immediately through Fischer. The senior forward works through the Bulldogs’ offense.

“We let him go with the flow,” Shahan said. “Sometimes when we try to get him touches is when he gets a little too out of control and a little too amped up. We just want to run our offense and let the touches come.”

Trinity rode the 24-point halftime lead throughout the next 16 minutes. The Titans’ biggest lead of the game was 37 points (67-30).

For the game, Trinity went 34 of 63 (54 percent) from the field. The Bulldogs managed to shoot 11 percent better in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the 24-point halftime deficit.

Nonetheless, Shahan was pleased with the team’s play. He said the team has to continually learn and get better before the Region 7 Tournament, which begins on Feb. 24.

“Last week, we played two games and we lost by nearly the same amount as we did tonight and we played terrible,” he said. “Tonight, we didn’t play terrible. We did a lot of good things and they have to remember that as we move forward.”

The season doesn’t get any easier for the Titans as they host No. 8-ranked Hazen at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Bison are 9-1 on the season and 3-0 in Region 7.

“We got a big challenge coming up with Hazen coming to our place,” Grinsteinner said. “We really have to step our game up and not allow them a lot of easy shots. The biggest thing we want to do is compete. If we give ourselves a chance, I’ll be happy with that.”

Bowman County 9 18 28 47

Trinity 22 42 58 79

BC: Tanner Fischer 20, John Yale 9, Hunter Lanchbury 7, Ryan Sime 5, Cole Osendorf 4, Chandler Braaten 2.

T: Willy Jahner 24, Joe Mayer 19, Brett Mortenson 11, Cole Wilhelmi 11, Brock Messer 6, Nick Klug 4, Austin Deichert 4.

3-pointers: BC 3 (Sime 1, Lanchbury 1, Fischer 1), T 8 (Jahner 6, Wilhelmi 1, Mayer 1). Free throws: BC 6-13, T 3-6. Total fouls: BC 13, T 12. Rebounds: BC 25 (Fischer 6, Lanchbury 6), T 35 (Mayer 7). Assists: BC 13 (Braaten 3, Osendorf 3), T 26 (Deichert 6). Steals: BC 8 (three tied with two), T 14 (Deichert 4). Blocks: BC 0, T 2 (two tied with two). Turnovers: BC 17, T 8. Records: BC 1-9 (0-3 Region 7), T 5-5 (2-0 Region 7).