Dickinson State Blue Hawks men's basketball beaten down by Dakota State

MADISON, S.D. -- In his words, Justin Wetzel believes his team was "manhandled."The Dickinson State men's basketball coach is hoping his team turns it around quick.In their regular-season finale, the Blue Hawks were quickly dismantled by Dakota S...

MADISON, S.D. - In his words, Justin Wetzel believes his team was “manhandled.”
The Dickinson State men’s basketball coach is hoping his team turns it around quick.
In their regular-season finale, the Blue Hawks were quickly dismantled by Dakota State, who won 83-51 Saturday night in a North Star Athletic Association game.
“It was just an ugly display of basketball, playing and coaching,” Wetzel said. “We understood that they’re so good defensively and space the floor out with shooters. … On the other end, we had to make them guard less a little bit and take care of the ball.”
As a team, the Blue Hawks (13-15, 6-7 NSAA) shot 19 of 67 (28.4 percent) from the floor, while the Trojans (16-13, 10-4 NSAA) were 26 of 65 (40 percent) shooting and 9 of 23 (39 percent) from 3-point range.
“We missed 2-foot layups, we missed open layups and had the ball ripped out of our hands,” Wetzel said. “We were just manhandled.”
The Trojans, which Wetzel called “the hottest team in the North Star right now,” were led by forward Kylae Kilgore’s 19 points as he made 11 of 12 free throws to give him a double-double with his game-high 13 rebounds. Guard Adam Hofer made 5 of 12 shots and 3 of 7 3-pointers for 15 points, while guard Tanner Heiser made 4 of 8 shots and 3 of 6 3-pointers for 11 points.
Wetzel said the Trojans’ scoring as a product of his team’s lack of physicality.
“Long term, we’ve got to turn our program into a tougher, grittier program,” Wetzel said. “Shorter term, there’s not much. We’ve got to turn around and play whoever we’re seeded up with.”
Though the Blue Hawks did grab a an early lead to start off the game, the lead only changed twice before the Trojans took a 42-32 advantage by halftime and never looked back.
“We were hanging on for dear life,” Wetzel said. “They came out and hit and open 3 to start the game. … You could just feel they were more physically tough than us from the jump.”
The only double-digit scorer for the Blue Hawks was junior forward Reggie Fields Jr., who was 3 of 11 from the field for 10 points to go along eight rebounds. Junior center Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. totaled eight rebounds, while fellow junior center Brand Jamar came in off the bench and grabbed a team-high eight boards.
But the Trojans still outrebounded the Blue Hawks 51-47.
“They’re just physically tougher than us,” Wetzel said. “We got outcoached, but it looked like men vs. boys.”
The Blue Hawks now sit in fifth in the NSAA - one game behind the University of Jamestown, which the Blue Hawks have beaten twice. If the NSAA coaches voted to give the Blue Hawks the fourth seed in the postseason starting next week, Wetzel and his team would have a game at home in the conference tournament. However, Wetzel said, his team isn’t playing good enough right now for the privilege.
“If we’re using objective evidence,” Wetzel said., “we hold the two-game sweep on Jamestown. … I think there's a case for us to be that four seed, but we haven’t earned the right to a home game. I think there’s a strong case, but we’ve done nothing to earn that. We didn’t go out and get the right to take a home game. Whoever they have play against us, we’ll give it our all.”

Di.SU (13-15, 6-7 NSAA): Reggie Fields Jr. 3-11 4-8 10, Gilberto Shojgreen Jr. 3-8 0-1 6, Billy Engel 3-10 1-1 8, Jacob Gondrezick 3-7 1-2 9, Curtis Redd 0-8 2-4 2, Stephon Dafney 2-5 0-2, 5, Myka Brown 1-5 0-0 2, Roybell Baez 3-5 1-2 7, Kolbi Selby 0-2 0-0 0, Brandon Jamar 1-6 0-0 2. Totals: 19-67 9-20 51.
Da.SU (16-13, 10-4 NSAA): Kyle Kilgore 4-12 11-12 19, Derek Meger 4-8 1-4 9, Adam Hofer 5-12 2-2 15, Ian Barse 1-6 3-4 6, Tanner Heiser 4-8 0-0 11, Brendon Boomsma 1-3 2-2 5, Adam Fideler 0-2 0-0 0, Nick Boone 0-0 1-2 1, Jay Uls 2-3 1-2 6, Taylor Zirbel 3-7 0-1 6, Justin Folker 2-4 1-2 5. Totals: 26-65 22-31 83.
Halftime: Da.SU 42, Di.SU 32. Total fouls: Di.SU 26, Da.SU 17. Fouled out: Di.SU, Shojgreen. 3-point goals: Di.SU 4-19 (Engel 1-6, Gondrezick 2-6, Redd 0-2, Dafney 1-2, Brown 0-1, Baez 0-1, Selby 0-1), Da.SU 9-23 (Hofer 3-7, Barse 1-4, Heiser 3-6, Boomsma 1-3, Fideler 0-1, Huls 1-1, Zirbel 0-1). Rebounds: Di.SU 47 (Jamar 9), Da.SU 51 (Kilgore 13). Assists: Di.SU 11 (Engel 4), Da.SU 21 (Heiser 7). Steals: Di.SU 7 (two tied with 2), Da.SU 5 (two tied with 2). Blocks: Di.SU 3 (three tied with 1), Da.SU 3 (Meger 2). Turnovers: Di.SU 15, Da.SU 10.

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