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Titans continue winning formula against Wildfire

The Titans continue to rack up wins, improving to 6-1 in Region 7.

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Trinity senior forward Trever Jassek (34) puts up a shot in the first half against Grant County-Mott-Regent on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Trinity High School.
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DICKINSON — A controlled offense and a stifling defense. That’s the winning formula for the Trinity Titans.

Winning eight of their last ten games, the Titans have found their recipe for success; slowing the tempo down on offense and putting a lid on the rim on defense.

Trinity executed their gameplan Tuesday night against Grant County-Mott-Regent as they cruised to a 62-38 win over the Wildfire at Trinity High School.

Perhaps knowing his team was in for a long night, Wildfire head coach Nate Zachman called timeout just 1:14 into the game down 4-0. The timeout didn’t prevent a possible slow start from the visitors as Trinity jumped out to a 12-3 lead.

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Trinity seniors, forward Trenten Bertelsen (45) and guard Ty Praus (32), pressure Grant County-Mott-Regent junior guard Jesse Reich (24) in the first half on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Trinity High School.
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The Titans’ (6-1, 10-6) patient offense paid dividends early with seven different players on the scoreboard in the first quarter. They led 22-10 after the first.

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“We came out with a lot of energy in the first half,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “We dictated the tempo and that’s what you need to do against a team like that. We struggled against them last year with different defenses they played and I thought we came out right away with a sense of urgency, especially in the first quarter.”

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Trinity sophomore guard Jace Kovash (35) puts up a 3-pointer in the second half against Grant County-Mott-Regent on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Trinity High School.
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Trinity held the Wildfire (3-4, 6-9) to no more than ten points in any quarter. They had the lead and ran with it from the opening tip. Again, Zachman called timeout early in the second quarter, this time 1:00 in, to regroup his team, sensing the game was slipping away.

His concerns were validated as the Titans extended their lead 30-12. Grant County-Mott-Regent had a short burst in them, led by sophomore center Weston Zacher, who hit a pair of layups, but Trinity were too strong, holding them to 19 points in the first half.

The pace slowed down in the second half, but the Titans’ defensive intensity remained. They went up 50-28 at the end of the third.

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Trinity sophomore guard Jake Shobe (24) gets a steal in the first half against Grant County-Mott-Regent on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Trinity High School.
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“Our strength is our defense,” Grinsteinner said. “Our offense is starting to come around and we’re starting to get more comfortable with each other. The thing we talk about is the ego has to be put aside. It’s a team game and it shouldn’t matter who gets points.”

Sophomore guard Jake Shobe had 15 points to lead the Titans, followed by senior guard Aiden Haich with 14. As a team Trinity had six 3-pointers. Zacher led Grant County-Mott-Regent with 13. Junior guard Jesse Reich had 11. Outside of them, no one else had more than five.

Titans will have a bit of a break upcoming as the season winds down. Their next game isn’t until Monday, Feb. 14 against Glen Ullin-Hebron (5-2), but it will be the start of a busy week, with Hazen (7-1) and Heart River (4-2) on the schedule.

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Trinity senior guard Aiden Haich (30) drives to the paint in the second half against Grant County-Mott-Regent on Tuesday, Feb. 8 at Trinity High School.
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“We’ll go back and try to clean simple things up,” Grinsteinner said. “It comes down to fundamentals. This is a lot like golf tournaments, it’s moving week for us next week. We have three huge games. We have two teams that are tied with us in the standings and one that is right below us.”

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BOX SCORE

Q1Q2Q3Q4F
Grant County-Mott-Regent10991038
Trinity2215121262

TRINITY: Jake Shobe 15, Aiden Haich 14, Trever Jassek 9, Trenten Bertelsen, Jace Kovash 6, Ty Praus 5, Cade Fitterer 3, Jeremiah Jilek, Luke Shobe 2
GRANT COUNTY-MOTT-REGENT: Weston Zacher 13, Jesse Reich 11, Matthew Huether 5, Michael Bollschweiler 4, Josh DenBoer 3, Adam Kautzman 2

Race Archibald is a former sports reporter with The Dickinson Press.
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