On senior night, the Dickinson Midgets put up a valiant effort against the Minot Magicians but it was not enough as Minot came out on top 89-82.
Kobe Krenz, Alex Praus, Tallon Klatt, Jaiden Wright and Evan Showalter all played their final home regular season contest for Dickinson in the loss.
“The seniors are pretty good players. I have said all along that they are good basketball players, but they are even better human beings,” said Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser. “After it is all said and done, the games will be over, but they will continue on and have a lot of success (in life.) They are great young men.”
The Magicians lit it up behind the arc in the second half going 9 of 16 from three.
In the two minutes of the half, Minot made three 3’s giving them a 46-42 after the Midgets led 39-37 at half.
“Sometimes they hit some big shots, but I think sometimes we let them get a little comfortable before they hit those big shots,” said Glasser. “We were in position, but we just can’t let good shooters have open looks like that with our hands down. It is a simple little thing of putting a hand up and trying to bother them just a little bit.”
After a back-and-forth half, Dickinson trailed 74-68, but junior Jayden Hocker nailed two big time 3’s to tie the game at 74 with under four minutes left.
Wright knocked down a free throw to give Dickinson a one point lead, but Derry Lentz nailed a Magician three to give Minot the lead back.
The dagger Minot came with 1:20 left in the game. Deonte Martinez drained a three giving Minot an 81-75 lead.
The deficit with such little time was too much for Dickinson to overcome.
Krenz led the Midgets with 29 points, while Wright added 21.
Hocker and Kyle Brilz had nine.
Klatt led Dickinson with seven rebounds.
Dickinson rounds out their regular season next season at Bismarck St. Mary’s.
“Our playoff starts Tuesday. We have to go on the road and get a big win vs. a tough St. Mary’s team in a brand new gym that will be senior night for them,” said Glasser. “If we can get that win and a couple other teams we lose we can still get the five seed and don’t have to worry about the play-in game.”