Dickinson High boys basketball begins home season with blowout win over Watford City Wolves
Dickinson High boys basketball fans were asked to stay quiet for the team's first 10 points of their home opener Tuesday night as part of an AMEN Food Pantry fundraiser.They didn't have to stay quiet for very long.The Midgets, who compete in Clas...
Dickinson High boys basketball fans were asked to stay quiet for the team’s first 10 points of their home opener Tuesday night as part of an AMEN Food Pantry fundraiser.
They didn’t have to stay quiet for very long.
The Midgets, who compete in Class A, scored 63 points in the first half to defeat Class B opponent Watford City 112-60 at DHS gymnasium.
“It was almost a relief to come play at home,” DHS head coach Dan Glasser said. “Six games into the season, and we’re finally at home. You could tell in the locker room it really meant a lot to these guys to finally play here. I think they wanted to show everyone what their team is like and the potential that they have.”
DHS senior guard Tanner Davidson and junior guard Aanen Moody each scored 26 points. Davidson cashed in six 3-pointers, three in each half, while Moody made two. As a team, the Midgets made 12 shots from the 3-point line.
“It’s nice to play in front of the home fans and get a big victory like this,” Moody said. “You don’t blow out a team by 50 every night, so it’s nice to get one and get some confidence going into the next one.”
Dickinson got off to a 10-5 lead before Watford City (1-3) called a timeout with 14 minutes, 46 seconds left in the first half - at which point the home crowd began to cheer ecstatically as it did all night.
“The entire team felt comfortable,” Davidson said. “Everyone was moving around, trusting each other, moving the ball and creating shots for each other. So it was pretty nice playing as a team.”
Dickinson then went on a 21-5 run to take a 31-10 lead with just over 9 minutes left in the first half. The Midgets then outscored the Wolves 32-16 before eventually taking a 63-26 halftime lead.
At that point, Davidson had scored 17 points, Moody had 15, and Jordan Meidinger, Jake Weidner, Wyatt Kainz, Tanner Ouellette, Shawn Steffan and Collin Roller all had scored.
“I think it was a combination of our defense causing some turnovers and getting some easy baskets,” Glasser said. “The fact that we were getting open looks helped a lot. I really believe our shooting percentage was off the charts, and I think that had a lot to do with playing at home and playing with a hoop that you’ve practiced on for almost two months.”
Watford City senior forward Seth Indergard scored 10 of his team-high 17 points in the first half.
“When you’re a young team, we ended up not playing very good defense,” Watford City head coach Randy Cranston said. “But we've got to give credit where credit is due. Dickinson High ended up making shots, and we left some guys open that we shouldn't have left open… After about the two-minute mark, it got out of hand.”
Though DHS (3-3, 2-2 West Region) had a decent lead, the Midgets continued to put on a show for the home crowd, as they jumped out to a 94-44 lead midway through the second half.
As a result, 13 DHS players scored by the end of the game, including Chase Ballard, Isaac Egi, Eli Jung, Connor Hoenke and Tanner Binstock.
“It’s nice to see everybody hitting shots where everybody gets a chance to score,” Moody said. “I think everybody is really happy with this victory. We deserve it.”
Dickinson’s next game will be against Williston on Jan. 5 at home.
WC: Korbin Knutson 2, Seth Indergard 17, Jessen Homiston 1, Cole McGorman 24, Nevada Berquist 2, Kason Hartel 2, Matt Neprash 2, Jaydn Ewing 8, Heath Chaffin 2.
D: Chase Ballard 3, Collin Roller 6, Aanen Moody 26, Issac Egi 4, Shawn Steffan 8, Eli Jung 2, Tanner Ouellette 9, Tanner Davidson 26, Wyatt Kainz 8, Connor Hoenke 3, Jake Weidner 2, Jordan Meidinger 7, Tanner Binstock 8.
Halftime: D 63, WC 26. 3-pointers: WC 5 (McGorman 4, Indergard 1), D 12 (Moody 2, Ouellete 3, Davidson 6, Hoenke 1). Free throws: WC 17-23, D 12-23. Total fouls: WC 20, D 20. Records: D 3-3 (2-2 West Region).