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Dickinson High boys basketball triumphs over top-ranked Minot

It was the hottest ticket in town, and everybody in attendance got their money's worth. In front of a packed DHS gymnasium on Friday evening, the No. 3-ranked Dickinson High boys basketball team defended its home court with a 79-74 victory over N...

Dickinson High senior Cam Jorda slaps the ball away from Minot senior KyJuan Johnson on Friday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Press Staff)
Dickinson High senior Cam Jorda slaps the ball away from Minot senior KyJuan Johnson on Friday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton / The Press Staff)

It was the hottest ticket in town, and everybody in attendance got their money's worth.

In front of a packed DHS gymnasium on Friday evening, the No. 3-ranked Dickinson High boys basketball team defended its home court with a 79-74 victory over No. 1-ranked Minot, avenging the Midgets' 64-58 loss in Minot on Dec. 10. The loss was Minot's first this season, and both teams now sport 13-1 overall records with 11-1 marks in the West Region.

Dickinson has now won 12 straight games since losing to Minot.

"Our team is a different breed," Dickinson senior Tanner Ouellette said. "We can do anything. It's just a matter of being ourselves and making sure we play as hard as we can."

Dickinson held an eight-point edge at halftime, but the Magicians erased that in the opening minutes of the second stanza to tie the game at 39.

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"We could have sat down and died, that would have been the easy thing to do," said Dickinson senior Aanen Moody, who finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds. "But we worked through this together and put pressure on one another to really get after it on both sides of the ball. Down the stretch, we did that."

Dickinson answered with an 11-2 run, but Minot again responded.

Minot's Peyton Lamoureux hit a three-pointer and made a layup on back-to-back possessions with 4 minutes, 28 seconds left to give the Magicians their first lead, at 69-67, since the opening minutes of the game. Moody then hit a pair from the foul line to tie it at 69.

After the teams exchanged buckets for a 71-71 tie, Minot overcommitted on 7-footer Jordan Meidinger on the right side of the lane. Meidinger passed out to a wide open Ouellette in the left corner, where he drilled a three-pointer to put the Midgets ahead for good.

"I've practiced that shot a million times in this gym," Ouellette said. "Jordan has a good eye, Jordan can see when he's getting double-teamed, and I'm supposed to yell it. He sees me in the corners, and my job is to knock it down."

After a defensive stop on the other end, Dickinson called timeout to regroup for the final stretch. Ouellette cruised in for a layup - the last of his 11 points - on that next possession and Minot didn't threaten again.

"I keep telling him he's one of the best shooters in the state" Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said. "After he hit that three, we called a timeout to run a screen for him, and he made the perfect read and got to the basket."

Meidinger proved troublesome for Minot all night. He shot 9 of 12 from the field and 7 of 12 from the line for 25 points. He also pulled down 14 boards and had three blocks.

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"He was as aggressive as I've seen him," Minot head coach Dean Winczewski said. "They made an effort to get him the ball, and we didn't execute. ... But to have an opportunity (to win) when he plays that well, and Aanen is Aanen, to have a chance, that's what you ask for."

Minot was led by 24 points from senior KyJuan Johnson and a double-double from senior Justin Engg, who tallied 14 points and 12 rebounds while battling Meidinger. Alex Schimke also had 13 points for Minot.

"KyJuan's our guy. We need him and Justin to score baskets, and for a time, they were as good as anybody," Winczewski said.

With the win, there's reaffirmation that Dickinson can hold a lead on Minot, something it failed to do the first time around. Glasser cited the team's maturity since then.

"We know we're not playing near where we're capable of," Glasser said. "It's a growing process and it's a long year, and it's a great win. But we're still building. We've been building for 12 games, and we're going to continue to do that."

Dickinson High 79, Minot 74

M: KyJuan Johnson 24, Justin Engg 14, Alex Schimke 13, Chandler Albertson 8, Peyton Lamoureux 5, Lofton Klabunde 4, Trevor Banks 4, Brett Lunde 2.

DHS: Aanen Moody 30, Jordan Meidinger 25, Tanner Ouellette 11, Eli Jung 7, Cam Jorda 3, Shawn Steffan 2, Isaac Egli 1.

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