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Titans defeat Beulah: Jahner, Jones combine for 23 points as Dickinson Trinity beats Miners for Region 7 win

For 28 minutes, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team put forth a strong effort. But for the final four minutes, the team let Beulah dictate the court and make shots. Despite the brief lack of mental game and the Miners outscoring them 10-6 ...

Willy Jahner
Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson Trinity junior guard Willy Jahner, right, goes up for a jump shot against a Beulah defender during a Region 7 game on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

For 28 minutes, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team put forth a strong effort.
But for the final four minutes, the team let Beulah dictate the court and make shots.
Despite the brief lack of mental game and the Miners outscoring them 10-6 in the final minutes, the Titans hung on for a 55-47 win and clinch its third Region 7 victory of the year on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“That was a big win for us, it really was,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “I thought we played well for 28 minutes. The last four minutes of the game were a little iffy and that’s the execution part and that’s situation work we need to work on and control. I told them, better now than the Regional tournament when it comes back and bites you.”
Trinity was hot early. With the score tied 2-2, the Titans went on a 15-2 run which spanned the first and second quarters. Beulah responded with the help of Josh Remmick - who scored seven points in the first half and nine overall - closed its deficit to nine, 25-16, at halftime.
Shots just weren’t falling for both teams in the first half. Beulah only made 25 percent its shots and Trinity was 36 percent, but the Miners and Titans picked up their games in the next half. Trinity finished 20 for 50 (40 percent) and Beulah was 19 for 58 (33 percent).
“We played pretty well for most of the game except for the end,” Trinity guard Willy Jahner said. “We had a tough time finishing and that’s just going to take a lot of practice and we got to mentally focus at the end. They started to make a comeback and we made some stupid plays.”
Offensively, Trinity’s saving grace was its perimeter game. The Titans were 6 for 13 from beyond the arc, while the Miners were just 2 for 17. Lucas Jones - who finished with 11 points and two steals - had three 3-pointers. Jahner had two and Cole Wilhelmi made one.
“We have good shooters and when we shoot it helps our offense,” Jones said. “(Defenses) can’t double posts because they can’t leave us.”
Overall, Jahner led the team with 12 points and added seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Joe Mayer and Shawn Stoltz each supplied nine points - Stoltz pulled down a team-high nine rebounds - and both Wilhelmi and Brock Messer scored six points.
Grinsteinner said he liked the balance between his shooters and posts Monday. The two complement each other to make the Titans (6-7, 3-2 Region 7) difficult to deal with offensively.
“Willy and Lucas shot the ball extremely well tonight, but when Shawn and Brock become that aggressive on the offense it makes us pretty good because we have pretty good balance,” Grinsteinner said.
Beulah guard Jett Hettich had a game-high 16 points and led his team with six rebounds and six steals. Remmick and Casey Walcker each had five rebounds. The Miners (8-4, 5-3 Region 7) finished with 33 total rebounds.
“What I was seeing was lack of effort and lack of hustle,” Beulah head coach Jeremy Brandt said. “Except for that group at the end, I thought they did a nice job of trying to create something and at least try to play with the effort we need to. Obviously we put ourselves in a hole by then and had a lot of making up to do. Just disappointed.”
With eight games left in the regular season, Trinity is entering crunch time. The Titans are facing three-game weeks which calls for their mental game to be at their strongest. Trinity gets right back on the court to play at Bowman County at 7 p.m. today.
“This is big for us because we want to be one of the top three seeds and try and get a bye in that regional tournament,” Jahner said. “We have to take it one game at a time, we got Bowman (today) and got to worry about that one.”

Beulah  4 16 31 47
Trinity 12 25 41 55
B: Jett Hettich 16, Josh Remmick 9, Luke Blood 5, Alec Battest 4, Calvin Aichele 4 Cory Alt 4, Reece Hoherz 3, Casey Walcker 2.
T:Willy Jahner 12, Lucas Jones 11, Joe Mayer 9, Shawn Stoltz 9, Brock Messer 6, Cole Wilhelmi 6, Connor Friske 2.
3-pointers: B 2 (Hettich 1, Hoherz 1), T 6 (Jones 3, Jahner 2, Wilhelmi 1). Free throws: B 7-10, T 9-13. Total fouls: B 14, T 9. Fouled out: B, Hoherz. Rebounds: B 33 (Hettich 6), T 36 (Stoltz 9). Assists: B 5 (Hoherz 2), T 10 (Jahner 3, Stoltz 3). Steals: B 19 (Hettich 6), T 17 (Jahner 4). Blocks: B 0, T 2 (Mayer, Jahner). Turnovers: B 18, T 20. Records: B 8-4 (Region 5-3), T 6-7 (Region 3-2).

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