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Midgets' accuracy struggles costs them against Bismarck St. Mary’s 

What looked to be a close fight between two sides that were equal on paper, would wind up with a 22-point loss for Dickinson.

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Isaac Daley goes hard in the paint putting up a layup with heavy pressure against St. Mary's Saints on Jan.11
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

The Dickinson Midgets boy’s basketball team (3-5, 4-5) failed to keep the score close against their Bismarck opponent St. Mary’s (4-4, 5-4) at home on Tuesday night. The final score was 79-57 with Dickinson shooting 37 percent from the field.

Dickinson head coach Dan Glasser was wanting his team to keep the ball moving before throwing up shots that would come up empty.

“We are going to have to have better ball movement,” Glasser siad. “We have to move more on offense and we can’t just settle for jumpshots.”

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Alex Dvorak contributes six points in the first half against St. Mary's on Jan. 11 (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

The first half had its moments of close margin battling, but St. Mary’s held the lead from early on and would not relinquish it. They tallied 36 points in the first half, dropping five out of 13 three-point shots while the Midgets went 3-for-18 from beyond the arc.

With 5:51 left in the first half and the game nearly tied at 26-24, Dickinson called a timeout to strategize how to take the lead with just a two-point deficit. However, the Saints stayed on top and grew their lead to nine points when the half ended. The two teams went to their locker rooms with the score at 36-27.

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St. Mary's Saints' sideline are zealous as their team continues to build a sizable lead in at the end of the first half. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

In the second half, the Midgets implemented a full-court press, but it would not keep the Saints from scoring 43 second half points, including six made threes.

With 6:11 left in the game, Dickinson were down 60-50 after going on a 12-2 run, but that would be their final attempt to rally as they were at 22 point deficit by the final three minutes of the game.

Dickinson’s top scorer was forward Issac Daley with 25 points with three makes from three-point range. Alex Dvorak was second with 17. The Midgets’ leading scorer was only 2-for-8 beyond the arc. Guard Cranston Britton came away with 12 points and tied Daley with four boards.

“I thought overall the kids played hard. We did rebound well, that was one thing that we struggled against Jamestown and we have improved on that,” Glasser said. “I think now, we just got to figure out the offensive end and figure out how we can put more points on the board.”

Their next game will be at home against Bismarck High on Friday night, who currently sit in third in the WDA.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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