Dickinson High Midgets boys basketball survives in regulation, pulls away in OT

With less than 20 seconds remaining and down by a single point, Mandan's boys basketball had the ball, set up a play and put up a game-winning shot. And another. And another. And another.But after all the misses and offensive rebounds, the Braves...

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Dickinson High junior guard Cam Jorda blows through a crowd of Mandan defenders for a fast break layup Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

With less than 20 seconds remaining and down by a single point, Mandan’s boys basketball had the ball, set up a play and put up a game-winning shot. And another. And another. And another.
But after all the misses and offensive rebounds, the Braves were fouled and had two free throws to take the game away. 
Instead, the game was sent to overtime tied at 73 - and Dickinson High did the rest.
The Midgets scored 20 points in the overtime period to defeat Mandan in an exhilarating 93-84 West Region victory Tuesday at DHS gymnasium.
“It’s hard to maintain the momentum while that happens,” Dickinson junior guard Aanen Moody said of the late Mandan possession. “But you’ve just got to keep that positive mindset and go to the next play, and I think that really helped us in overtime to get the W.”
After letting the Midgets’ (13-6, 11-5 West Region) five seniors start on senior night, Moody came off the bench and scored 47 points - 15 of those in the overtime. Junior center Jordan Meidinger scored 13 points, junior guard Cam Jorda scored eight and senior guard Tanner Davidson - who hit the game-winning shot at Mandan in Dickinson’s 61-60 win in the teams’ first contest on Dec. 19 - scored seven.
Dickinson also went 28 of 31 from the free-throw line.
Mandan (9-10, 8-8) was led by senior forward Trae Steckler’s 29 points, while senior guard Jeremy Friesz - who hit the game-tying free throw in regulation - scored 17, senior forward Nick Miller scored 14 and senior guard Gabe Meschke scored 12.
“This time of year, I don’t mind a game like that at all,” Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser said. “Realistically, you’re getting ready for three games at the beginning of March (in the West Region tournament), so this game was exactly what we needed.”
The contest was never out of reach for either team, and that was no more obvious than down the stretch of the second half.
Meidinger hit a put-back layup to tie the game at 63-63 with about 4 minutes to go, but Meschke hit a driving layup to take a two-point lead a minute later. Moody was fouled on a put-back 20 seconds later to tie it again.
After Mandan took a one-point lead and with so much on the line, Glasser called out to his team to have patience.
Not soon after, Jorda connected on a driving layup to give his team a slim advantage. But Friesz hit a corner 3-pointer with 1:50 to go, giving his team a two-point edge.
“It’s just a blast to prosper through the elements and just keep fighting,” Jorda said. “(Glasser) said good teams find a way to win, and that’s what we did tonight.”
Then 50 seconds later, Moody pickpocketed a Mandan ballhandler and was intentionally fouled on the fast-break layup. Moody hit both foul shots, and junior forward Eli Jung hit a layup on Dickinson’s next possession to give the Midgets a 71-69 lead.

Steckler hit and converted an and-1 just 8 seconds later give his team a one-point lead.
After a turnover from each team, Meidinger took a pass in the lane and netted a nice post move for Dickinson to go up one with under 30 seconds to go.
“That’s what we expected. We expected it to be a grind-it-out game,” Braves head coach Brandon Schafer said. “We thought we had a good game plan going in, and we knew it was going to be a tough battle and that’s exactly what it was - typical West Region basketball.”
With less than 20 seconds to go, Mandan got into its offense and took a defended shot but missed. Then after a few offensive rebounds and putbacks, Meschke was fouled on a desperation heave with less than a second to go.
With Dickinson’s student crowd making a ruckus, Meschke bounced the first off the front rim.
However, he hit the second to tie it and send it to overtime.
“I was just hoping our student section would be as loud as they could, and they definitely succeeded in that,” Jorda said. “He rattled the first one, which kind of took the tension off, and then with the second one we were just like, ‘Alright, let’s go play some more basketball.’”
Although Meidinger, Jorda and senior center Wyatt Kainz all fouled out, Dickinson took control of the overtime period with Moody at the lead.
Moody hit two key 3-pointers and Davidson hit another from the top of the key midway through the extra minutes to give Dickinson the lead it needed.
“That wasn’t really the game plan, that’s just kind of how it happened,” Moody said. “Early in the game, I tried to get other people involved and they were hitting shots and then eventually things opened up for me, and over time I just took advantage.”
Dickinson is now in third place in the West Region - a half of a game ahead of Bismarck High. The Midgets will put that standing on the line at Jamestown at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
“They’re able to close out the game with the lead. I’ve been waiting all season to see that,” Glasser said of his team. “Now, they’ve closed out a close game with a lead. That’s what I’m most proud of tonight.”

M: Gabe Meschke 12, Landon Kleingartner 2, Jake Carlson 6, Alex Rath 4, Nick Miller 14, Trae Steckler 29, Jeremy Friesz 17.
D:Collin Roller 4, Aanen Moody 47, Cam Jorda 8, Shawn Steffan 5, Eli Jung 4, Tanner Davidson 7, Wyatt Kainz 2, Connor Hoenke, Jordan Meidinger 13.
Halftime: M 35, D 32. Regulation: M 73, D 73. 3-pointers: M 6 (Meschke 2, Friesz 4), D 7 (Moody 5, Davidson 1, Hoenke 1). Free throws: M 20-27, D 28-31. Total fouls: M 20, D 27. Fouled out: M, Meschke; D, Jorda, Kainz, Meidinger.

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