For the first time in years, Dickinson High shut the lights out for player introductions, hyping up the fans. They used the energy to shoot the lights out once the game began and dominated the night.
On a cold and snowy night, the Midgets ignited the gymnasium with a game that included the home team slamming down dunks, sinking back-to-back 3-pointers and large runs that made the court as hot as the desert from the field and made the fans feel like it was spring break on a January night. The Midgets ended the night with a 71-57 victory over St. Mary’s.
“We were really sharp right away,” head coach Dan Glasser said. “We’ve really been concentrating, moving the ball … we’ve really been specifically focusing on giving up a good shot for a great shot, and I think that’s what we did today.”
Senior guards Jaiden Wright and Kobe Krenz led the whopping night for the Midgets. Wright finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and seven steals. Krenz finished with 24 points, five rebounds, three steals, three assists and one block.
Wright credited the team’s hot success to the team’s fundamental passing.
“I always love getting my teammates involved, and I found them and my teammates found them,” he said. “Breaking their press and their men's defense, I think we did a good job of that tonight.”
From the get-go, the Midgets scored on their opening drive and converted on back-to-back forced turnovers, which led to a 11-4 run. After a Saints’ timeout, the team continued with a 17-6 run, making the score 28-10. A few plays later Wright’s two-handed slam off a clean steal sparked huge praise by the Dickinson fan base and gave the team a 32-12 lead. The team took a 39-20 lead into halftime. The Midgets forced 13 of the Saints’ 21 overall turnovers in the first half of play.
The team continued its dominant play in the second half, continuing to bring the pressure and make key plays. Krenz began to connect from all places on the court, scoring 13 of his 24 points in the second half. A crafty two-handed dunk by senior forward Tallon Klatt brought the house to its feet and the energy to its maximum potential.
Both team’s shot the ball for 35% from the field, but Dickinson shot 30% from 3-point range compared to St. Mary’s 24%. The Midgets also tallied 13 steals over the Saints’ compared to their seven.
For the players, the ability to have the ultimate pregame festivities and the action of the crowd sparked the team to explode on the court.
“I think it was just the energy and the intensity,” Wright said. “It might kind of sound funny but tonight was the first night we got to turn the lights off and got the crowd involved, doing the pregame song, stuff like that I think everybody was just in a great mood tonight.”
The Midgets will play again on the road against Bismarck High on Thursday, Jan. 16.