Dickinson High boys basketball tops shorthanded No. 5 Bismarck High Demons
Dickinson High's boys basketball team was ready for No. 5-ranked Bismarck High with or without its high-scoring guard Connor Hellebust on Thursday.Just before tipoff, though, Hellebust was ruled out with a persisting back injury, according to his...
Dickinson High’s boys basketball team was ready for No. 5-ranked Bismarck High with or without its high-scoring guard Connor Hellebust on Thursday.
Just before tipoff, though, Hellebust was ruled out with a persisting back injury, according to his head coach Jordan Wilhelm, and the Midgets took advantage.
Dickinson (9-4, 8-3) aimed to avenge a 15-point loss to Bismarck at the start of the season and came away with a 16-point victory, winning 59-43 at DHS gymnasium.
“It’s always good to come back and get a good win, especially against a Bismarck school,” Dickinson senior forward Wyatt Kainz said. “Bismarck schools are always really good because they have more people than us, but I think tonight was a good showcase of the kind of heart and spirit our team has. (It showed) what we can do.”
Dickinson held the Demons (8-6, 7-4) to their lowest scoring output this season.
“(Hellebust) played the last two games. I don’t know what the deal was. We were ready for him,” Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said. “I thought our defense, we were jumping to the ball. Our help-side (defense) was great.”
Bismarck struggled to score in the first half, and trailed 30-19 at the break. The game came to a standstill about 6 minutes in after Dickinson junior guard Tanner Ouellette had his head collide with that of Bismarck’s Jordan Mann. Ouellette stayed on the ground for several minutes and was later deemed to have a concussion, Glasser said.
In his absence, junior guards Cam Jorda and Eli Jung saw a slight uptick in minutes played for the Midgets. Jung went scoreless, but Jorda added five points, and teammates said they both filled in admirably.
“Those two are excellent players,” Kainz said. “They’ve shown major improvements since the first day of practice. Them stepping up for T.O., that’s probably some of the best playing I’ve seen them do.”
Glasser agreed, saying they were both active on the defensive end, which is exactly what the team needed to sustain its defensive momentum.
Glasser added that Ouellette has a history with concussions, so the guard will likely be held out of competition for the foreseeable future.
“I’m really worried about him,” Glasser said. “I would imagine that he’ll be out awhile.”
Dickinson junior guard Aanen Moody scored 23 first-half points for the Midgets, and he finished with a game-high 34. Kainz finished behind him with nine points, seven of which came in the second half on low-post shots that drew several fouls.
Moody said the Midgets set the tone for the game in the opening minutes.
“Once we got a few buckets up on them, we got comfortable and really found our rhythm, defensively,” he said. “We came out, and we were going to do the same thing if (Hellebust) played or if he didn’t play. The gameplan was the same. We just came out strong.”
Wilhelm said the opening minutes were not his team’s best, and it paid the price for the rest of the game.
“We let Aanen Moody get loose on us,” he said. “We knew he was going to be a hard cover, and we couldn’t stop him.”
B: Boe DelaBarre 5, Brayden Thomas 11, Jordan Mann 2, Bradyn Just 1, Seth Siverson 5, Daniel Finley 2, Ernest Grant 7, Ian Schafer 3, Ethan Hauff 3, Jalen Sprecher 4.
D: Aanen Moody 34, Wyatt Kainz 9, Jordan Meidinger 6, Cam Jorda 5, Collin Roller 3, Jake Weidner 1, Shawn Steffan 1.
Halftime: D 30, B 19. 3-pointers: B 3 ( DelaBarre 1. Siverson 1. Hauff 1), D 2 (Moody 2). Free throws: B 16-24, H 25-33. Records: B 8-6 (7-4 West Region), D 9-4 (8-3 West Region).