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Qvale shreds Dickinson in home opener

Another Qvale, another home loss for Dickinson High. At this time last year, eventual Mr. Basketball Brian Qvale tore up Dickinson High's defense in a 24-point loss at home. This time around, it was younger brother Brent who couldn't be stopped. ...

Another Qvale, another home loss for Dickinson High.

At this time last year, eventual Mr. Basketball Brian Qvale tore up Dickinson High's defense in a 24-point loss at home.

This time around, it was younger brother Brent who couldn't be stopped.

The 6-foot-7, 300-pound center dumped in 32 points and 12 rebounds in the Coyotes' 71-64 victory over Dickinson on Thursday at the Dickinson High gymnasium in both teams' West Region opener.

Qvale, a two-time all-state offensive lineman and only a junior, scored the majority of his points in the paint and finished 13 of 15 from the floor.

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"We know he's going to be a football player, but we'll use him," Williston coach Mark Slotsve joked. "He's a good athlete."

Dickinson certainly felt Qvale's presence, causing matchup problems with Midgets' 6-foot-5 center Tyler Steffan.

"He's a smart player," Dickinson coach Dean Winczewski said. "He has great basketball sense and that's one of the reasons he does a good job."

Williston led 38-27 at the half thanks to Qvale's 16 first-half points while Dickinson struggled to get going.

However, senior guard Jake Bauer caught fire in the second half and had 19 of his team-high 21 points in the latter stanza.

"Jake was awfully aggressive in the second half," Winczewski said.

Dickinson's ability to shoot the ball was not lost on Slotsve.

"They can shoot the ball," Slotsve said. "They keep coming at you. They can make up a lot of ground in a hurry."

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Steffan had 10 points, including eight in the first half, which led the team at the break.

Williston senior Mike DeLorme was deadly from the free-throw line. The 6-0 guard went 10 of 11 and finished with 20 points.

The Midgets, who once trailed by as much as 13, cut the deficit to one point with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

However, Dickinson struggled to sustain long runs and allowed the Coyotes to continue building the lead.

The Midgets got back within three points with 17 seconds remaining, but DeLorme was at his best at the free-throw line. He calmly went 4 of 4 in the final seconds to put the game away.

"He's a pretty good free throw shooter," Slotsve said.

For Winczewski, the home opener was a mixed bag.

"We have a lot of growing to do as a group, but I really like this team," Winczewski said. "For Game 1, are we happy? No. Are we disappointed? Not by any means."

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