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Trinity commanding the court with five-game winning streak, defeating Night Hawks 60-36

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Cade Fitterer (42) taking a jump shot from inside the paint.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press
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DICKINSON — Dickinson Trinity Titans are enjoying a five-game winning streak after a home win on Tuesday, against the Hettinger-Scranton Night Hawks inside the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

The Titans (3-0, 8-4) comfortably took the 50-36 win, establishing their dominance on the court early with smart inside passing and collecting putbacks off offensive boards.

The Night Hawks (0-2, 2-7) fell prey to too many turnovers off violations that showed a lack of discipline for the co-op team. Efficient press work from Trinity kept Hettinger-Scranton from finding the best shots, but a surge of energy would see the Night Hawks make a push in the final quarter.

In the first quarter, Trinity displayed smart basketball, Luke Shobe assisted his brother Jake Shobe layup with a bounce pass to make it 10-5.

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Jake Shobe (24) on the layup.
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The Titans were sent to the free-throw line twice in the first, but couldn't take advantage, missing each attempt, ending the first quarter 16-9.

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The Night Hawks, allowed Trinity to take second and third chances to start the scoring in the second quarter. 6” 3’ junior, Cade Fitterer used his height to win rebounds for early putbacks and would finish as the game lead scorer with 14 points. He executed two three-point plays for the Titans, going 2-for-2 at the charity stripe.

Jace Kovash was another double digit Titan, with 12 points

Hettinger-Scranton had quick hands in senior Bennett Jorgenson and junior Joey Perkins, but couldn’t always capitalize. Post player Blake Larson was the Night Hawks lead scorer, with 10 points and had seven rebounds in the first half. Following in points was junior Malachi Dilse, scoring eight points, six of which were made in the third quarter.

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Blake Larson (33) attempting to block the Trinity attacker.
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Jorgenson and Maddox Pierce tied for third lead shooter for Hettinger-Scranton, with five points. Pierce got his five from a shot beyond the arc and by maneuvering through the Titans defenders for a one handed layup. Jorgenson found his offensive success converting an easy layup after a steal and from the free-throw line, going 3-for-4.

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Bennett Jorgenson (2) taking a shot under pressure.
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At halftime the score was 30-17, and both teams were still putting in a fight. Fitterer’s second three point play started the third quarter for a 16 points lead. Hettinger-Scranton, working hard to get something going, would score 11 points in the third for — a game high. They would continue to keep up the fight and would win the final quarter 8-7.

As well as Trinity performed, a dip in their statistics was shown in their free-throw percentage of 41.6 %, which the Night Hawks beat, scoring half of their free-throw attempts.

On Saturday, the two sides will each be battling in Region play, Trinity will remain at home to face No. 3 Beach Buccaneer and Hettinger-Scranton will be traveling to Hazen.

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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