With less than a month remaining in the regular season, every game matters. The boys team showed their dominant victory against Turtle Mountain.
Both teams were aggressive to begin the game, each being very much in the game. However, once the 10-8 Midgets felt it was their time to go off, the team exploded on the offensive end and played solid defense throughout. From there, the Midgets left nothing to chance against the Braves and came away with a 94-73 victory. One thing truly stood out in the victory, the essence of defense, and the importance of teamwork.
“When the shots weren’t falling our defense was pretty solid,” head coach Dan Glasser said. “The main thing that we’ve been focusing on lately, we got to have more than three people score.”
The team finished with 18 assists in the game. Kobe Krenz was the leading scorer with 24, followed by Tallon Klayy with 14, Jaiden Wright and Jayden Hocker both scored 11.
Klatt, who ended the previous game against Mandan with a double-double emphasized the usage of the teamwork.
“We’ve been just playing as a team, we’re working hard,” he said. “Just know our roles and just play.”
The Braves maintained the fighting spirit in the first half, keeping the game close. But with the score being tied at 17, it was Dickinson that took control of the game, cruising to a 11-2 run with 7:37 remaining and after a timeout the Midgets continued their stride to end the first half with a large 57-32 lead. The team never let up in the second half, their largest lead of the game being 29.
With the large lead, every player on the Dickinson team was able to find some playing time within the basketball game, igniting the team and helping build the chemistry and the confidence of the players.
Glass mentioned in the locker room that he was truly proud of how well the team looked for the best shots available throughout the game.
“They’re starting to realize that, that’s what it’s going to take for us to be successful,” he said. “We got some good players, they just need to be more aggressive and more focused on the offensive end.”
With the win, the Midgets now prepare to take on Williston at home on Tuesday, Feb. 18.