Titans top Shiloh in opener
Dickinson Trinity lost every starter from last season's team that was the runner-up in the Class B state championship game. The Titans didn't look like an inexperienced team in their season opener against Shiloh Christian on Friday night. Two pla...
Dickinson Trinity lost every starter from last season's team that was the runner-up in the Class B state championship game.
The Titans didn't look like an inexperienced team in their season opener against Shiloh Christian on Friday night.
Two players who rarely saw the floor last season - Jacob Selinger and Jon Ficek - scored in double figures and helped spark a 13-1 Trinity run in the final three minutes of the second quarter. The run separated a close game and built the Titans a sizeable lead they rode to a 58-39 victory at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
"We've got guys who can play their roles and we did what we're supposed to do," said Selinger, a junior point guard who had 14 points and seven rebounds.
Trinity's balanced offense kept the Skyhawks guessing throughout the game.
All 10 players in uniform for the Titans had seen action by early in the second quarter and all but two of them scored.
"Our bench kids, I was really happy with the way they came in and contributed," Titans coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.
Trinity traded leads with Shiloh until the 3:06 mark of the second quarter when Ficek capitalized on a three-point play after being fouled in the post.
The free throw gave Trinity a 21-20 lead and the Titans never trailed again. Ficek finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Trinity scored eight straight within the next two minutes before Tommy Dwyer - Shiloh's leading returning scorer - hit one of two free throws. Ficek ended the half with a power layup with 2 seconds remaining to give the Titans a 31-21 edge.
"As the game went along, our kids settled down more and did things they're capable of doing," Grinsteinner said.
Trinity, who was ranked 19th in The Hoopster's preseason power, outscored the Skyhawks 27-18 in the second half, never letting them come within striking distance again.
Trinity's feisty defense hasn't changed either.
The Titans came away with 15 steals. Senior guard Mark Klug and sophomore forward Robbie Morey, who of Trinity's most experienced players, each had three steals.
Morey had just eight points but pulled down nine rebounds and had three assists.
Klug held Dwyer, who averaged 13 points per game last season, to just one point. Dwyer was 0 of 6 from the field.
"Trinity's trademark defense was pretty stifling," said Shiloh coach Mike Dwyer, whose team was ranked eighth in the preseason power poll. "We kind of ran out of gas with three or four minutes left in the second."
Despite the win, both Grinsteinner and his team feel the Titans can do better.
"It builds your confidence a bit but there's definitely room to get better," Selinger said.
Dickinson Trinity 58, Shiloh Christian 39
Shiloh 9 21 33 39
Trinity 11 31 48 58
Shiloh: Tommy Dwyer 1, Keenan Hauff 8, Brady Bohl 11, Austin Friesen 8, Trevor Singer 11.
Trinity: Jordan Selinger 14, Brooks Thorson 2, Matt Klug 5, Tommy Peters 8, Jared Keller 4, Jonathan Ficek 13, Robbie Morey 8, Austin Fridrich 4.
3-pointers: Hauff 2, Bohl, Selinger, Klug. Free throws: Shiloh 8-13, Trinity 12-17. Total fouls: Shiloh 16, Trinity 14. Rebounds: Shiloh 41 (Singer 18), Trinity 41 (Morey 9). Assists: Shiloh 5 (five players with 1), Trinity 9 (Morey 3). Steals: Shiloh 9 (Bohl 3), Trinity 15 (Morey 3, Klug 3). Turnovers: Shiloh 19, Trinity 14. Records: Shiloh 0-1, Trinity 1-0.