Dickinson High boys hoops races away from Watford City

WATFORD CITY -- Dickinson High's boys basketball team used an explosive first half to carry it to a 102-59 victory over Watford City Monday evening.Dickinson junior guard Aanen Moody scored 24 of his game-high 44 in the first half to lead the Mid...

WATFORD CITY - Dickinson High’s boys basketball team used an explosive first half to carry it to a 102-59 victory over Watford City Monday evening.
Dickinson junior guard Aanen Moody scored 24 of his game-high 44 in the first half to lead the Midgets to a 60-36 lead at the break. Dickinson (10-5) and the Wolves (4-8) traded buckets in the opening minutes, but a 17-7 run in the first half gave the Midgets some breathing room, and another brief run at the start of the second more or less put the game out of reach.
“Defensively, we tried to do some new things in this game,” Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said. “We wanted to change some things on the fly and see how the team would respond. I think they did a real good job. They figured out by themselves what was working and what wasn’t. We got some steals and got some buckets, and that’s when we started pulling away.”
The main defensive switch was pulling back a full-court press to more of a three-quarter court press with less trapping right away but more of an emphasis on protecting the basket.
“It seems like we’ve been giving up a lot of layups,” Glasser said, “and I feel like we needed a way to prevent that. We can still trap the ball like we’re used to, but we just do it closer to the opponent’s basket now.”
Moody hit six 3-pointers in the game, and he played - by Glasser’s estimation - about 20 minutes or so.
“He definitely didn’t play over three quarters of the game,” Glasser said. “His offensive efficiency is just through the roof right now, whether it’s scoring or finding open posts. I know he had more than five assists tonight.”
Senior forward Wyatt Kainz put up 18 points to be the Midgets’ second-leading scorer.
“Wyatt was just a beast tonight. He got the ball down low and wasn’t going to get stopped,” Glasser said. “That was the best offensive performance I’ve seen from Wyatt. Some of his post moves tonight were textbook. Ball fake, up-and-unders, it was the stuff coaches dream about from a post player.”
Junior guards Cam Jorda and Shawn Steffan added eight and seven points, respectively. Senior Tanner Davidson hit a pair of 3-pointers for six points, and junior forward Eli Jung scored five points.
“Cam got a lot of his points from the defensive end,” Glasser said. “He’d hustle and be in the right spot defensively. He’d get a steal and take it the other way and finish.”
Cole McGorman scored 14 points to lead the Wolves, and Jaydn Ewing and Jarek Hogue each scored a dozen.
The Midgets also beat Watford City 112-60 Dec. 22 in Dickinson.

D: Aanen Moody 44, Wyatt Kainz 18, Cam Jorda 8, Shawn Steffan 7, Tanner Davidson 6, Eli Jung 5, Jake Weidner 3, Collin Roller 4, Chase Ballard 1, Isaac Egli 2, Jordan Meidinger, Tanner Binstock 2.
WC: Korbin Knutson 5, Seth Indergard 8, Cole McGorman 14, Nevada Berquist 1, Kason Hartel 3, Jarek Hogue 12, Logan Mehlhoff 4, Jaydn Ewing 12.
Halftime: D 60, WC 36. 3-pointers: D 8 (Moody 6, Davidson 2), WC 4 (Indergard 2, McGorman 2). Free throws: D 18-31, WC 9-14.


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