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Midgets can't get over the hump

Nipping and tucking their way to a tie-score with five minutes remaining against one of the best teams in the area, the Dickinson High boys basketball team could not get the stops they needed down the stretch.

Dickinson High senior guard Conner Hoenke ties up Patriots senior center Kade Amundson during the first half on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from the DHS Gymnasium (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High senior guard Conner Hoenke ties up Patriots senior center Kade Amundson during the first half on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from the DHS Gymnasium (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

Nipping and tucking their way to a tie-score with five minutes remaining against one of the best teams in the area, the Dickinson High boys basketball team could not get the stops they needed down the stretch.

Tied at 57, Bismarck Century scored on their next six possessions and sinked their free throws in the clutch, pulling away late for the 76-68 victory over the Midgets on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from the Dickinson High Gymnasium.

The loss continues an odd pattern through the first half of the season. After the Lady Midgets fell 87-37 to the Patriots earlier in the evening, the boys followed suit. The teams have had the same result through each of their first nine games.

Despite the game being played within single digits for the entire game, Dickinson never held a lead.

"I think it came down to the little things," Midgets head coach Dan Glasser said. "We missed the front end of bonuses, we missed some free throws. I think we had a lot of opportunities. We tied it up with about five minutes left, but we had a lot of opportunities before that and we just didn't capitalize on it."

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Bismarck Century jumped out to a 16-7 lead thanks the 3-point shot as the Patriots (8-2, Region 7 5-2) drilled four from downtown.

Dickinson (3-6, Region 7 2-5) clawed back into it by driving to the basket, changing their defense from a zone to man-to-man and being the more aggressive team.

The Midgets got within one after a beautiful right-handed driving layup from senior post Krew Mathern and a pair of free throws from junior post Martin Lopez. However, seconds before halftime, they allowed Patriots junior guard Treyton Mattern to dribble the ball the length of the court and convert a three-point play. Century lead 34-30 at the break.

"We couldn't stop them all night," Darin Mattern said. "They just took the ball to the basket at will and we had no answer for them. If you are going to let a basketball team get to the basket that consistently, you are going to have a hard time. I'm a little disappointed on the defensive end, but give credit to Dickinson, they outplayed us tonight."

Mathern had a chance to tie the game early in the second half, but missed a free throw. On the next possession with a chance to take the lead, senior guard Conner Hoenke dribbled the ball off his foot and out of bounds.

The Midgets fortunes appeared to change when Hoenke hit a pull-up jumper in transition and senior post Tristen Brunk stole the ensuing inbound pass and tied the score at 57 with a layup, leading to a Patriots timeout and the crowd roaring with excitement.

But after trading baskets, Dickinson could not keep up with Century. Senior center Kade Amundson scored three consecutive baskets deep in the paint, the last of which coming after a pass between-the-legs of an opposing player from senior guard Kade Lynch. Lynch calmly made eight straight free throws to put the game away.

Lynch led the Patriots with 21 points while Mathern scored a game-high 28 points for the Midgets.

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"It's definitely encouraging, even if we are disappointed in losing," Mathern said. "Competing with one of the top four teams in the WDA, I think really tells people what we are all about."

Bismarck Century 76, Dickinson High 68

BC: Kade Lynch 21, Treyton Mattern 15, Cade Feeney 12.

D: Krew Mathern 28, Connor Hoenke 13, Martin Lopez 8, Tristen Brunk 6, Sheldon Meyer 5, Nathan Personne 4, Braden Selinger 4.

Halftime: BC 34, D 30. 3-pointers: BC 7 (Mattern, Feeney 3), D 3 (Personne, Hoenke, Meyer). Free throws: BC 23-33, D 15-28. Total fouls: BC 22, D 24. Fouled out: D Hoenke, Lopez, Meyer. Rebounds: BC 30 (Josh Sipes 7), D 25 (Lopez 4). Assists: BC 9 (Sipes 2), D 7 (Selinger 3). Steals: BC 4 (Lynch 1), D 6 (Brunk 2). Blocks: D 2 (Lopez, Selinger 1). Turnovers: BC 8, D 11. Records: BC 8-2 (West Region 5-2), D 3-6 (West Region 2-5).

Dickinson High senior post Krew Mathern goes up for a lay-up late in the second half against Bismarck Century on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from the DHS Gymnasium. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson High senior post Krew Mathern goes up for a lay-up late in the second half against Bismarck Century on Tuesday, Jan. 9 from the DHS Gymnasium. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)

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