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Midgets squeak by Turtle Mountain

Enjoying a comfortable cushion midway through the second half, the Dickinson High boys basketball team hung on in the final moments against Turtle Mountain Community High School, defeating the Braves 63-61 on Friday, Jan. 19 from DHS gym.

Enjoying a comfortable cushion midway through the second half, the Dickinson High boys basketball team hung on in the final moments against Turtle Mountain Community High School, defeating the Braves 63-61 on Friday, Jan. 19 from DHS gym.

Off of 56 percent shooting in the first half, the Midgets led 32-19 entering the halftime break and had a 14-point lead, the largest advantage of the game, with more than 11 minutes left in regulation before the hard-charging Braves rallied.

Dickinson (4-8, West Region 3-7) had their struggles from the charity stripe. They shot 8-for-23 from the line, while the Turtle Mountain closed the deficit before 9-for-18 marksmanship from the 3-point line.

Despite their struggles from the free-throw line, the Midgets attacked the basket throughout the night, knocking down an impressive 51 percent of their shots from the field.

DHS had four players in double-figures, led by senior forward Krew Mathern with 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting while adding seven rebounds.

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Senior guards Dawson Bechtold and Conner Hoenke each contributed 12 points. Bechtold drilling three 3-pointers and Hoenke nabbing five steals.

Senior guard Taven Azure led the Braves with a game-high 19 points, including four buckets from downtown. Junior forward-center Julian Parisien filled up the stat sheet with 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals.

With the victory, the Midgets snapped their four-game losing streak.

Dickinson High 63, Turtle Mountain 61TM 19 42D 32 31TM: Taven Azure 19, Julian Parisien 18, Anthony Keplin 9, Tristin Davis 8, Isaiah Samuelson 4, Wyatt Enro 2, Darrick Fedrick 1.D: Krew Mathern 18, Dawson Bechtold 12, Conner Hoenke 12, Tallon Klatt 10, Nathan Personne 5, Martin Lopez 4, Cody Maier 2.Halftime: D 32, TM 19. 3-pointers: TM 10 (Azure 4), D 3 (Bechtold 3). Free throws: TM 13-22, D 8-23. Total fouls: TM 25, D 20. Rebounds: TM 32 (Parisien 8), D 30 (Mathern 7). Assists: TM 5 (Davis 2, Parisien 2), D 7 (Mathern 2, Hoenke 2). Steals: TM 5 (Parisien 4), D 8 (Hoenke 5). Blocks: TM 0, D 1 (Klatt 1). Turnovers: TM 23, D 16. Records: TM 1-9 (West Region 3-9), D 4-8 (West Region 3-7).

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