Midgets win in regular season finale
The Dickinson boys basketball team capped its second-half surge to the season the best way it could, with a win. After starting the season 0-9 the Midgets finished 8-4 and defeated Mandan 67-61 on senior night on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. The win...
The Dickinson boys basketball team capped its second-half surge to the season the best way it could, with a win.
After starting the season 0-9 the Midgets finished 8-4 and defeated Mandan 67-61 on senior night on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium.
The win solidified the team’s spot as the No. 5 seed in the West Region Tournament.
“It feels great,” Dickinson senior post Luke Herauf said. “We got our fifth seed in the tournament now clinched, that is perfect and we’ll play Belcourt, exactly what we wanted, and now just looking to get ready and a first win in WDA.”
The Midgets were comfortably in control in the first half and were led by a strong offensive performance from Herauf, who had 16 points alone in the first. He finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
With 10 minutes left in the game and Dickinson ahead by eight, the Braves made a small run and tied the game - 51-51 - on a Trae Streckler layup. The teams battled but Dickinson pulled away from Mandan thanks to its solid night at the free-throw line. In the final 2:45, Dickinson hit 5 of its 9 attempts and was 11 for 17 at the line. Mandan finished 6 for 13 overall and only made two shots in the second half.
“That was perfect, I like (the close) though, Mandan has always been a big rival and we shut them down and every time they got picked up we shut them down,” Herauf said.
Mark Erickson had 13 points, both Drew Bechtold and Jackson Binstock finished with nine points. Bechtold added five rebounds and Binstock had seven rebounds and game-high four steals.
Dickinson outrebounded Mandan 39-31 and pulled down 12 offensive rebounds to Mandan’s seven.
“I’m just so proud of them and the fact that we started 0-9 and ended 8-4,” Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. “They could have gave up, they could have quit and they could have quit in a lot of games … but we seem to be able to come out to games and perform really well. We’re getting different guys to step up every night that’s what it’s going to take.”
Mandan outshot Dickinson overall, making 42 percent of its shots, while the Midgets made 40 percent. Justin Fenster finished the game with 16 points, all scored in the first half, and Streckler followed with 15 points. Bryce Anderson scored 11 points and led the Braves with five rebounds.
“Fenster shot the ball well,” Binstock said. “He didn’t shoot as well in Mandan, but (Tuesday) he’s the one who kept them in the game and we shut him down in the second half which helped us get the win.”
With the regular season over, the Midgets can look ahead to preparing for its tournament opponent, No. 4 Turtle Mountain. In the regular season the teams split and took wins at their home courts.
The West Region Tournament begins March 5 at the Bismarck Civic Center.
“We were ranked sixth last year so we have a better chance of going to state this year and it’s an easier path for us, but we still got to play hard every game and come out ready,” Binstock said.
M: Justin Fenster 16, Jeremy Friesz 10, Trae Streckler 9, Bryce Anderson 8, Cameron Steckler 7, Nick Miler 4, Jacob Marshner 2, Jake Carlson 1.
D: Luke Herauf 28, Mark Erickson 11, Drew Bechtold 11, Nick Himmelspach 6, Jackson Binstock 5, Bronson Lewis 5, Jake Weidner 1, Jordan Meidinger 1.
Halftime: D 36, 27. 3-pointers: M 7 (Fenster 4), D 8 (Herauf 4). Free throws: M 6-12, D 12-18. Total fouls: M 18, D 14. Fouled out: M, Friesz. Rebounds: M 31 (Anderson 5), D 39 (Herauf 8). Assists: M 4 (Anderson 2), D 7 (2 tied with 2). Steals: M 6 (Streckler 2), D 9 (Binstock 4). Blocks: M 2 (2 tied with 2), D 2 (2 tied with 2). Turnovers: M 17, D 10