Midgets sluggish out of the gate
The Dickinson High boys basketball team has struggled to get good starts and Friday night against Jamestown wasn't any different. Whenever the Midgets looked ready to surge into contention, Blue Jays forward John Horgan always had an answer.
The 6-foot-4 senior scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half, killing any hopes of a Midgets comeback as Jamestown went on to a 71-60 road victory on Friday, Jan. 12 from the Dickinson High gym.
"This was one of John's best games for us," Jamestown head coach Jacoby Lloyd said. "He did a really nice job of shooting the ball with confidence and defensively, he did a nice job of tying up the ball and getting good rebounds at times."
Down by as many as 17 points in the first half, Dickinson began to chip away at the lead near the halftime break. Senior guard Dawson Bechtold connected on a baseline floater and Braden Selinger knocked down a couple of free throws to bring the Midgets within 37-26 as the buzzer sounded.
After digging themselves a hole, Dickinson, at times, looked out of sorts. They were called for two five-second out of bounds violations and allowed the Blue Jays to shoot 45 percent from the field, compared to their 31 percent shooting.
"We were really lucky to be down 11 (at the half)," Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said. "We haven't been ready to start a game all year. That was the tenth game and we haven't come out prepared and ready to play. They jumped out to a huge lead again, like we've done every game. ... We have to find a way to get ready for the first eight minutes."
Out of the locker room, the Midgets were significantly more aggressive. Sophomore center Tallon Klatt collected a couple of putbacks after offensive rebounds. Senior forward Krew Mathern, senior guard Conner Hoenke and junior forward Martin Lopez all were attacking the basket and making buckets in the paint.
A Klatt block led to Lopez dribbling the length of the court for a right-handed lay-up, bringing Dickinson within 52-45 midway through the second half.
That would be the closest the Midgets would get as the Blue Jays were on a 13-3 run. Horgan hit a pair of shots, including a 3-pointer that hit nothing but net and served to be the dagger, pushing the advantage up to 58-46.
"It was a hard-fought WDA game. I thought our guys defensively did a nice job," Lloyd said. "Credit to Dickinson, they never gave up. They're a tough-nosed team that's learning how to win and are doing things the right way."
Jamestown had four players in double figures, led by sophomore forward Boden Skunberg and junior center Mason Walters with 16 points apiece. Hoenke had a team-high 12 points while Klatt added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Midget were fell to 2-6 in regional play this season.
"We were trying to be aggressive," Glasser said. "We got about three or four guys that really want to be out there and really worked their tails off. We just got to be able to find some other guys to fulfill our lineup and get the results that we are looking."
Jamestown 71, Dickinson High 60
J: 37 34
D: 26 34
J: Boden Skunberg 16, Mason Walters 16, John Horgan 12, Ryder Lunzman 10, Jared Kallenbach 8, Jacob Hilgeman 5, Dawson Douty 2, Bryan Mosalf 2.
D: Connor Hoenke 12, Tallon Klatt 11, Krew Mathern 10, Martin Lopez 8, Jaiden Wright 8, Aiden Levorsen 4, Braden Selinger 3, Dawson Bechtold 2, Tristen Brunk 2.
Halftime: J 37, D 26. 3-pointers: J 6 (Horgan 3), D 1 (Wright 1). Free throws: J 17-26, D 19-30. Total fouls: J 23, D 24. Rebounds: J 40 (Skunberg 9), D 47 (Klatt 10). Assists: J 9 (Kallenbach 2, Lunzman 2), D 3 (Hoenke 2). Steals: J 7 (Kallenbach 3), D 6 (Mathern 1). Blocks: J 2 (Walters 2), D 3 (Klatt 3). Turnovers: J 12, D 17. Records: J 5-5 (West Region 3-4), D 3-7 (West Region 2-6).