The Patriots' way: Bismarck Century ends Dickinson’s season at WDA Tournament
BISMARCK — In its West Region Tournament quarterfinal against No. 1 Jamestown, the Dickinson High boys basketball team relinquished twice as many rebounds as it grabbed.
One day later, as they tried to keep their season alive, the No. 8 Midgets faced No. 4 Bismarck Century, and while they did a better job overall on the glass, the Patriots dominated the offensive boards to the tune of 25 offensive rebounds. Coupled with sloppy mistakes with the ball, Dickinson allowed an early deficit it couldn't overcome.
The 2018-19 Midgets campaign came to an end after a 69-46 defeat on Friday, Mar. 1, from the Bismarck Event Center. The orange and black finished the year with a 7-17 record.
"They got some big kids. They're athletic and they can jump," Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said of Century. "We weren't just standing there letting them have rebounds. That's the thing, and that's a little frustrating for me to watch, is how they work and we still give up offensive rebounds. It wasn't a lack of effort, a lack of concentration, or anything like that; they're just bigger."
Pushing out to a 13-6 advantage, Bismarck Century scored four of their first six field goals off second-chance opportunities. With that said, the Midgets battled in the interior during the first half, just losing the offensive-rebounding margin 11-8, and were only behind 10-8 on second-chance points. What was most damaging during the first 18 minutes came in the turnover department.
Beginning with a 3-pointer from sophomore guard Ian Ely and ending with a basket inside from senior guard Treyton Mattern, the Patriots expanded to a 25-10 lead, as Dickinson committed four giveaways in that stretch.
After a basket inside by Midgets junior guard Kobe Krenz, Bismarck Century went on 7-0 surge, capped by another Ely triple. While Dickinson closed the first half with 11 turnovers, Bismarck Century entering the locker room only with three and 35-18 cushion on the scoreboard. Nearly half of the team's points (17) came off turnovers.
Some of Dickinson's errors were unforced, as passes occasionally skipped out of bounds or the ball was stripped loose while entering tight driving lanes, but according to Glasser, the Midgets simply weren't playing enough as a team.
"I thought we played really hard, but it was kind of the same story the whole year. We had a lack of movement on offense, we were kind of lackadaisical on the offensive end and we just really weren't working with each other," Glasser remarked. "The offensive end hurt us. I give Century credit, they're a heck of a team defensively, but I thought we hurt ourselves on the offensive end."
The Patriots also enjoyed a 6-0 assist differential in the opening half.
Dickinson played its best after halftime, as Krenz and senior guard Cody Maier collected steals on back-to-back possessions to open the second half. Maier converted his swipe into a layup, and while Krenz missed his lay-in opportunity on his takeaway, the junior knocked down a 3-pointer, closing the Midgets to 37-23.
"This is it, you got to do something about it or else you are going to just let the season slip away and you are going to wish you could re-do it," Maier said was the message at halftime.
Even with a rejuvenated Midgets bunch, Bismarck Century was simply too strong, putting the game away with a 9-0 run. After a pair of offensive rebounds, junior guard Cade Feeney drilled a corner 3-pointer to give the Patriots a 46-23 lead.
"First and foremost, I thought we did a nice job carrying out our gameplan, we were assignment sharp," Bismarck Century head coach Darin Mattern said. "Our goal was to make every possession difficult ... They got 18 at the half and eight of them were on offensive putbacks. When you play a whole half of basketball and you are giving up 10 or 12, you got to be pretty happy as a basketball coach."
With torrid shooting from the outside, Ely paced all players with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Efficient from the field, Treyton Mattern produced 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting.
Krenz led the Midgets with 12 points while junior post Tallon Klatt had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Making his final two shots, Maier, Dickinson's lone senior, completed his career on the hardwood with nine points. After a 3-pointer and a basket inside late in the second half, Maier was subbed out of the game to a standing ovation from the team on the bench.
"It meant a lot," Maier said of the reaction. "They've been with me a long time. Spent a lot of time with them this year, so I really appreciated their support."
West Region Loser-Out game
No. 4 Bismarck Century 69, No. 8 Dickinson 46
D 18 28
BC 35 34
D: Kobe Krenz 12, Tallon Klatt 10, Cody Maier 9, Jaiden Wright 4, Luke Mavity 2, Isaac Gjerde 2, Evan Showalter 2, Grant Bittner 1.
BC: Ian Ely 19, Treyton Mattern 17, Stevie Kraljic 9, Andrew Leingang 7, Cade Feeney 6, Griffin Jensen 4, Darin Nolz 3, Blake Stuart 2, Justice Coleman 2.
3-pointers: D 3 (Krenz 2), BC 7 (Ely 5). Free throws: D 9-11, BC 10-17. Total fouls: D 18, BC 13. Rebounds: D: 32 (Klatt 8), BC 45 (Stuart 9). Assists: D 3 (Mavity, Wright, Krenz), BC 11 (Feeney 3, Mattern 3). Steals: D 2 (Krenz, Maier), BC 6 (Ely, Bryce Auck, Jensen, Mattern, Feeney, Jarek Berger). Blocks: D 1 (Maier), BC 1 (Coleman). Turnovers: D 18, BC 10. Records: D 7-17, BC 15-8.