The Dickinson High boys basketball team seemed to be on the verge of a loss in the second half, but the beauty of basketball, comebacks happen, and it did for Dickinson.
Both teams were neck-and-neck throughout the game, it was only late that the Patriots took a solid 12 point lead. Just when it seemed that it was all over, the Midgets proved that they were ready to fight.
With 3:22 remaining in the game, senior guard Jaiden Wright drained an and-one bucket and narrowed the gap to eight, the team played heavy defense and the Patriots began to get cold. The Midgets needed a bucket late, and they got one with a 3-pointer by senior guard Kobe Krenz narrowing the score to six, forcing Bismarck to call a timeout.
After a breakaway layup, Wright banked in another and-one off the backboard and swished in the free-throw, five point game, 2:16 remaining. After free-throws by Wright, he followed it up with a steal and a lay-up. Just like that, one point game. But after a foul by wright, his fifth and final foul, the Bismarck senior guard Griffin Jensen went to the line and missed both.
Wright ended the game with 22 points, Krenz added 23 of his very own.
After a timeout, Krenz fired a shot and nailed his own and-one, tied game, nailed the free-throw, Midgets take the lead.
The fans screamed defense, but a jumper by Ian Ely gave the Patriots a one-point lead, Krenz looked to have another and-one, but a travel was called. The Patriots scored on a breakaway lay-up, 59-56.
Midgets’ junior guard Jayden Hocker attempted to get to the free-throw line, but was unable to get to the line, and a foul by the Midgets gave the Patriots’ two free-throws with 45.7. second remaining, hitting one and missing one, the Midgets trailed 57-60.
The Midgets had a turnover near half-court and were forced to foul, after the free-throws and a layup by Tallon Klatt, the Patriots led 61-59 with 18.9 remaining.
The game came down to #30 shooting free-throws, the crowd screaming, his missed one, the pressure closing with each dribble, he made the second.
11.4 seconds left, Hocker attempted to make a play, but lost the ball, and it was recovered by the Patriots, forcing the Midgets to foul, just like that, the gym got silent, and the comeback was over. The Midgets fell 64-59.
Despite the loss, the Midgets earned a lot of respect with their late comeback.
The team will be able to redeem itself with a road game against Minot on Dec. 13.