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No. 4 Dickinson High Midgets make quick work of Bismarck Legacy

Dan Glasser will give Jordan Meidinger a pass this time. Meidinger, a junior center on the Dickinson High boys basketball team, earned a technical foul for hanging on the rim following an explosive dunk on a fast break in the second half Friday a...

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Dickinson High junior center Jordan Meidinger hangs onto the hoop after putting down a dunk against Bismarck Century Friday at DHS gymnasium. (Parker Cotton/The Dickinson Press)

Dan Glasser will give Jordan Meidinger a pass this time.

Meidinger, a junior center on the Dickinson High boys basketball team, earned a technical foul for hanging on the rim following an explosive dunk on a fast break in the second half Friday against Bismarck Legacy, but the Midgets more or less already had the game wrapped up, and, honestly, Glasser said, what else was the 7-footer supposed to do?

“When you get that much weight going in one direction it’s hard to stop it,” Glasser said. “The momentum kind of took his legs underneath him, and he didn’t have much choice but to hang on.”

Glasser said the dunk, on an assist from guard Aanen Moody, provided the “exclamation point” for the No. 4-ranked Midgets’ 70-54 victory over the downtrodden Sabers (2-12, 1-11 West Region).

Not much unlike the dunk, Meidinger got mostly anything he wanted on the offensive end and took advantage of a much smaller Legacy squad to finish with 23 points.

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“I was just reading the defense and working off of what they gave me,” said Meidinger, who was hampered by early fouls in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 8. “It was pretty great staying out of foul trouble and helping my teammates out.”

As most coaches do, Bismarck Legacy’s Jason Horner described the height on his team as “relative” to what Dickinson (11-5, 9-4) rolls out onto the floor, headed by Meidinger. Friday evening, he said his team was simply outmatched.

“Anything that was within (Meidinger’s) grasp, he got and put it in,” Horner said. “There were times where there was really nothing we could do. He’s gotten a lot better since the last time I’ve seen him play, and he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with.”

Moody, who scored a game-high 31 points, and Meidinger led the offensive attack for Dickinson, which jumped to a 15-point lead by halftime.

The Sabers stayed within striking distance in the second half mainly thanks to the shooting by junior Cole Svihovec and sophomore Austin Wolf, who finished with 14 and 20 points, respectively.

“They’re two guys that we rely on because they’re our only guys with any size,” Horner said. “We can get those guys involved, but we need some guards to step up for us too.”

The second half was when Moody and Meidinger did most of their damage. The only other Midget to score in the second half was senior guard Tanner Davidson, who hit a pull-up jumper on the baseline. Eli Jung (six points), Shawn Steffan (three), Tanner Binstock and Wyatt Kainz (two each) and Cam Jorda (one point) all notched their scoring in the opening half.

“It might not show in the scorebook, but (Davidson) had some good shots, and that’s what he’s going to get moving forward,” Glasser said. “Shawn is too. They’re all going to get more and more shots because of what’s Aanen’s doing. It’s just a matter of them having confidence and knocking down open shots.”

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For one evening at least, it was Meidinger that seemingly had all the uncontested shots he could ask for.

“I thought on the offensive end, he was spectacular,” Glasser said. “He didn’t really force anything. He took what the defense gave him. Whether that was a move to the basket or a double-team and a kick-out, he did an outstanding job of reading what was there.”

L: Austin Wolf 20, Cole Svihovec 14, Jason Hoekstra 8, Tyler Boone 4, Devin Beck 4, Koby Bosch 2, Grant Edison 2.

D: Aanen Moody 31, Jordan Meidinger 23, Eli Jung 6, Shawn Steffan 3, Tanner Davidson 2, Tanner Binstock 2, Wyatt Kainz 2, Cam Jorda 1.

Halftime: D 37, L 22. 3-pointers: L 5 (Wolf 4, Svihovec 1), D 1 (Steffan 1). Free throws: L 7-14, D 15-24.

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