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Dickinson High boys basketball survives against Bismarck

Bismarck High went on plenty of runs. But the Demons never had the one stretch that got them all the way back into the game against Dickinson High on Thursday. The No. 3-ranked Midgets boys basketball team started fast -- with a 12-2 run to start...

Dickinson High senior Cam Jorda attempts a layup against Bismarck High Thursday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High senior Cam Jorda attempts a layup against Bismarck High Thursday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)

Bismarck High went on plenty of runs.

But the Demons never had the one stretch that got them all the way back into the game against Dickinson High on Thursday.

The No. 3-ranked Midgets boys basketball team started fast - with a 12-2 run to start the game - and weathered the storm from there, picking up an 85-77 West Region win at DHS gymnasium. With the win, Dickinson sweeps the season series with Bismarck after also winning 66-63 in December.

"Having that lead and them making a run, it seems like it's happened three or four times in the last couple games, and we've been able to answer it," Midgets head coach Dan Glasser said. "I'm glad they haven't panicked. They do what is asked of them, and every game they're learning."

Dickinson (11-1, 9-1 West Region) held a 13-point edge with fewer than four minutes to play, but the Demons roared back to get within three - aided by a pair of three-pointers from sophomore Joe Jahner, who finished as their leading scorer with 21 points.

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Dickinson center Jordan Meidinger knocked down a pair of free throws with 28 seconds to play for a five-point advantage. Jahner had the ensuing inbounds pass hit off the backboard and into the hands of Dickinson's Eli Jung, who scored easily to essentially put the game away.

"I'm proud of our effort down the stretch. If we could somehow find a way to channel the energy we played with those last five minutes and do a full 36-minute game, obviously we'd have some success," Demons head coach Jordan Wilhelm said. "I'm proud of the way we fought. We scratched and clawed our way back into it, and it was a one-possession game."

Wilhelm pleaded with his team to always know where Dickinson's Aanen Moody was, especially in the first half. Moody started slow in the face of a near-constant double-team, but he steadily got hot in the second half and finished with a game-high 29 points.

"They were playing me about as aggressive as they could, but my teammates started scoring and they had not choice but to settle off of me a little bit, and that opened up some more opportunities," Moody said.

In Moody's stead, his fellow Midgets kept the pressure on Bismarck (7-6, 6-4).

"We wanted to contain Moody as much as possible, run some guys at him, and make other guys beat us," Wilhelm said. "Moody did a really nice job of finding his teammates tonight. He got them involved early and he hit a lot of big ones in the second half to really put them out in front."

Meidinger tallied another double-double - 10 points, 11 rebounds with six blocks - and Shawn Steffan scored 12 points with five boards. Tanner Ouellette supplied 11, while Jung and Cam Jorda each chipped in with nine. Chase Ballard finished the scoring with five.

"Those good shooters, if they get open shots, they're going to knock them down," Glasser said. "I think Aanen is starting to realize how good his teammates are and how much they help him, and if a team is going to concentrate that much on him - he's still going to get his, he's that good of a player - but if those other guys get open, they're going to make you pay."

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After surviving Bismarck's series of runs throughout the game, Moody praised the team's maturity and ability to withstand adversity.

"We've grown so much since the first meeting we had with them, and so have they. Emotionally, we didn't get down on ourselves or put our heads down when they made tough shots," Moody said. "They made tough shots down the stretch, so for us, it was a big step to take to seal this win."

Dickinson High 85, Bismarck High 77

BHS: Joe Jahner 21, Tanner Davis 19, Solomon Garter 13, Ian Schafer 13, Matt Trolliey 7, Jack Sullivan 2, Connor Piatz 2.

DHS: Aanen Moody 29, Shawn Steffan 12, Tanner Ouellette 11, Jordan Meidinger 10, Cam Jorda 9, Eli Jung 9, Chase Ballard 5.

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