Jamestown finds a way past Dickinson High boys basketball
JAMESTOWN -- Jamestown may not have stopped The Aanen Moody Show, but the Blue Jays rode a balanced effort to victory on Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena.All-state forward Noah Wanzek's 22 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists led five pl...
JAMESTOWN - Jamestown may not have stopped The Aanen Moody Show, but the Blue Jays rode a balanced effort to victory on Saturday at Jerry Meyer Arena.
All-state forward Noah Wanzek’s 22 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists led five players in double figures, overcoming Moody’s 46 points for a 97-85 triumph over fifth-ranked Dickinson in West Region boys basketball.
“I think everybody’s pretty happy - this is a great confidence boost,” said Wanzek, whose team was coming off a seven-point loss at No. 1 Bismarck Century. “We knew we could beat Century but we fell short. We wanted to come out and get this one.”
Josh Schulz provided another lift off the bench with 18 points, and Andrew Hornung (16), Tanner Lunzman (13) and Paxton Kleinknecht (12) were all in double figures for Jamestown, which took the lead for good with around 7 minutes to play in the first half.
“We just came out and executed everything,” Schulz said.
With two seven-point losses to Century and 11- and 12-point losses to No. 2 Minot, the Blue Jays needed to win a big game, said Jamestown coach Luke Anderson.
“We can’t just play to the level of who we’re playing - we need to play at our level all the time,” Anderson said. “We played at another level against Century, and I thought we played that way tonight.”
Moody tried his best to be Dickinson’s equalizer, hitting seven 3-pointers and finishing 16 of 34 from the field. He had five during a 9-0 run with 3:53 remaining in the game to bring the Midgets within five points at 79-74.
But Jamestown responded with a 7-0 run that sealed the deal, despite Moody’s heroics in the final 1:08. He hit three 3-pointers, one lurching forward off one foot and another with his feet barely set fading to his left off the dribble.
“A couple of those shots down the stretch were phenomenal,” Anderson said. “We tried to make it as hard as we could for him to catch the ball, but the kid can flat-out score. You hit those shots, you just tip your cap.”
Moody said defensive breakdowns led to too many open shots. Jamestown was 32 of 52 for 61.5 percent including an 8 of 17 (47 percent) performance from beyond the arc.
“We didn’t do a good job of getting out on their shooters,” Moody said. “They shot unbelievably, and that’s great for them. But on our part, we have to not sink as much in the middle on penetration and pay more attention to their shooters. But you’ve still gotta maintain against Wanzek - it’s a hard assignment. Hopefully, we’ll do it next time.”
Jamestown is at least a No. 6 seed for the West Region tournament, but can earn the No. 5 spot with a win over Mandan in its home finale on Tuesday.
Dickinson: Aanen Moody 46, Jordan Meidinger 17, Wyatt Kainz 8, Hunter Schatz 6, Cam Jorda 4, Eli Jung 2, Nick Himmelspach 2. Totals 34-68 10-15 85.
Jamestown: Noah Wanzek 22, Josh Schulz 18, Andrew Hornung 16, Tanner Lunzman 13, Paxton Kleinknecht 12, Jake Reuther 8, Logan Anderson 6, Ben Hanson 2. Toatls 32-52 25-33 97.
Halftime: Jamestown 51-35. 3-pointers: D 7-22 (Moody 7), J 8-17 (Hornung 4, Schulz 2, Lunzman 2). Rebounds: D 28 (Meidinger 10), J 33 (Wanzek 11, Anderson 7). Assists: D 14 (Tanner Davidson 4), J 20 (Wanzek 6, Anderson 4, Lunzman 4). Steals: D 14 (Moody 4), J 11 (Wanzek 6). Blocks: D 2 (Meidinger 2). Fouls: D 27, J 19. Turnovers: D 16, J 19.