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Midgets round off week with victory over Blue Jays

It was a close game all the way down the stretch, including a one-point margin with 23 seconds remaining.   

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Dickinson come away with a win against Jamestown at home on Jan. 28
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Dickinson's (7-6, 8-6) good run of play continued on for a second win at home this week after defeating Jamestown (4-7, 5-7) Friday night. It was a ferocious game that ended in a five-point victory for Dickinson.

The Midgets used clever ball movement, tight pressuring and the advantage of double bonus to claim their victory. It was an elusive game with score tied and lead changing six times. With every tiebreaking basket or defensive rebound, the sounds of cheer and scream filled the gymnasium until the final score of 73-68.

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Junior guard and captain Alex Dvorak playing Against Jamestown at home on Jan. 28
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“I think we got a lot of confidence in that win knowing we can play with anybody,” Dickinson junior guard Alex Dvorak said. “We just had to come out with that same attack and keep it going.”
“It's a little nerve-racking, but you want to win the game so we are in it and feeding off our confidence and battling,” Dickinson senior guard Britton Cranston said.

The tipoff was won by the Blue Jays, but Dickinson would be first on the scoreboard after an early foul on Isaac Daley. The two sides came out strong, each taking the lead three times before it was tied at 15 with 7:25 left in the first half. The Midgets were also close to entering double bonus with Jamestown already accumulating nine fouls. They would go 13-for-18 in free throws in the first half.

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Tyrese Annace at the line in the first half of Dickinson's home game against Jamestown at home on Jan. 28
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Dickinson began to build a small lead, going on a 16-4 run with only three minutes remaining in the first, but the Blue Jays would rally back before halftime to a five-point deficit at 35-30.

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The second half was equally competitive as the first with both teams scoring 38 points each.

The game was tied at 46 after the first six minutes when soon after the Blue Jays took a momentary lead at 50-49. But Dvorak assisted Daley’s layup with a foul to re-establish the lead.

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Dickinson come away with a win against Jamestown at home on Jan. 28
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With Jamestown trailing 52-50 with eight minutes remaining, Dvorak stole the ball and had a free pass to the hoop, which he emphatically put in the basket with a right-handed slam.
The game would be at a deadlock twice when it would reach the last three minutes before Jamestown took the lead once more at 61-59. Dickinson would also enter double bonus once again and would go to the line four times in the remaining minutes. The game ended shortly after Dickinson’s Damon Glasser took to the charity stripe for the final two points to win it at 73-68.

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Britton Cranston is cheered by his team after being fouled late in the close game between Dickinson and Jamestown on Jan. 28.
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Dickinson's top scorer was Dvorak with 18, four assists and going 6-for-8 at the line. Cranston contributed 17 points and nine rebounds. Daley had a double-double with 16 points and ten rebounds. As a team the Midgets total free-throw percentage was 73.7.

“It is always scary when there is a possibility you might lose, but I trust in my teammates and I know we are going to take care of the ball and fight through that at the end,” Dvorak said.

The Midgets next game will be in Bismarck when they face Legacy on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

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Dickinson come away with a win against Jamestown at home on Jan. 28
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

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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