Blue Jays put up 101 in win over Midgets
Entering a road contest against Dickinson, the No. 1 ranked Jamestown boys basketball team had defeated all of its previous 14 opponents by an average of 25 points per game.
The Blue Jays continued their undefeated march through the regular season in convincing fashion on Saturday, Feb. 2, and in the process, accomplished something they had yet to do this season: reach the 100-point mark
Scorching the nylon nets by making 57 percent of its shots from the floor, Jamestown improved to 15-0 after a 101-55 victory over the Midgets from the Dickinson High Gym.
Jamestown joins Mandan and Turtle Mountain as the only West Region teams to crack 100 points in a game during the 2018-19 campaign.
Eleven players had their names written into the scoring column for the Blue Jays, who have won 14 games by double figures.
"That's obviously a great team," Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said of his opponent. "They're undefeated, I don't think they've had a game within 20-to-25 points for almost 10 games now. They're obviously really talented and they're a reason they are number one in the state."
Implementing a zone-defense from the start of the game, Glasser's defensive game plan centered around slowing down 6-foot-7 senior center Mason Walters and 6-foot-5 junior forward Boden Skunberg.
As the Midgets (4-11, West Region 4-10) packed into the paint, they often left Dawson Douty wide open for a number of looks behind the arc. The senior guard connected on three 3-pointers, giving the visitors an 11-9 advantage minutes into the first half.
Dickinson point guard Kobe Krenz matched Douty shot-for-shot in the early going, as the junior scored seven of his squad's first nine points. As the home team's attempts stopped falling, the Midgets still had defensive lapses within its zone. On three separate occasions, Jamestown sophomore guard Carson Lamp broke free on the weak side for an easy lay-in, the last of which put the Blue Jays on top 22-13 midway through the frame.
"You can tell by the way they were playing defense, they weren't going to allow Mason and Boden to score for us," Jamestown head coach Jacoby Lloyd said. "So we had to have perimeter players step up and knock down shots. Dawson Douty stepped up and made shots, our other perimeter players like Carson Lamp made some shots and plays during that stretch that helped us in that run."
The Blue Jays (15-0 West Region 14-0) broke the game open with a 24-0 burst during a five-minute stretch in the first half. Walters wreaked havoc from the inside by drawing fouls, cleaning up the offensive glass and scoring off deep post position. The big man finished with a double-double, pulling down 11 rebounds and pouring in 16 points, 12 of which came during the run.
Scoring nine of his team's last 13 points in the first half, Skunberg got it going just before halftime, helping the Blue Jays build a 55-21 cushion heading into the break. Skunberg finished with a game-high 28 points and 13 rebounds, breaking the 1,000 point barrier in his career.
Four players reach double-figure scoring for Jamestown, but it was a seldom-used senior that made the most of his minutes in the second half.
To the thunderous applause of his bench and Blue Jays fans in the crowd, forward Tyler Burnham converted on all four of his field goal attempts. Ending his night with eight points, Burnham could barely contain his emotions as he reflected on his time on the court.
"That's just awesome. I really don't do that much, it's just awesome when it happens. I don't really know how to describe it," Burnham said. "I felt like I've been in a rhythm all week, really. ... Oh man, this week, it's just been really coming together and I started making shots in practice. It just kind of showed out here."
Midgets junior post Tallon Klatt paced the home team with 18 points and six rebounds. Krenz finished with 16 points and four steals. Off the strength of four 3-pointers, junior guard Jaiden Wright had 14 points before fouling out.
With the game out of reach, Glasser kept in his starters through much of the second half before pulling them in the final minutes. Despite the deficit, the Midgets continued playing hard by applying full-court pressure and making 6 of 10 from three-point territory in the second half. One of those long-distance makes came from behind half court, as junior guard Tristan Pelton received an inbound pass with 0.6 second left in regulation and connected on a last-second heave as time expired. Walking off the floor with a gigantic smile on his face, Pelton's prayer was the highlight of the day for the home team.
"I knew 100 percent that ball was getting shot," Pelton said upon catching the pass. "I knew it was going in just by the way I shot it.
"Getting the opportunity to play on this team and for all my coaches, Coach Glasser has believed in me; when I was a sophomore, he brought me up. Getting a chance just to share that moment with them, it's A-1, it's awesome."
Jamestown 101, Dickinson High 55
J 55 46 — 101
D 21 34 — 55
J: Boden Skunberg 28, Carson Lamp 18, Mason Walters 16, Dawson Douty 11, Tyler Burnham 8, Carter Moser 5, Ryder Lunzman 4, Brooks Carroll 4, Jared Kallenbach 3, Max Anderson 3, Keith Levin 1.
D: Tallon Klatt 18, Kobe Krenz 16, Jaiden Wright 14, Tristan Pelton 3, Jayden Hocker 3, Kyle Brilz 1.
3-pointers: J 8 (Douty 3), D 7 (Wright 4). Free throws: J 15-22, D 8-13. Total fouls: J 15, D 19. Fouled out: (D: Wright). Rebounds: J 50 (Skunberg 13), D 28 (Klatt 6). Assists: J 12 (Skunberg 13), D 7 (Wright 2, Krenz 2). Steals: J 9 (Douty 2, Lunzman 2), D 4 (Krenz 4). Blocks: J 2 (Levin, Moser), D 2 (Hocker, Klatt). Turnovers: J 9, D 12. Records: J 15-0 (West Region 14-0), D 4-11 (West Region 4-10).