Titans pile on points, breeze by Bearcats
When it's this late in regional play, teams need to bring their 'A' game. Both the Dickinson Trinity and Glen Ullin-Hebron boys basketball teams did so Friday night, but the Titans cruised to an 82-50 Region 7 win. "Both teams played extremely ha...
When it’s this late in regional play, teams need to bring their ‘A’ game.
Both the Dickinson Trinity and Glen Ullin-Hebron boys basketball teams did so Friday night, but the Titans cruised to an 82-50 Region 7 win.
“Both teams played extremely hard and that’s what you need to win a regional game,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “I think being at home (was good). It’s the first time we’ve been home in a long time and it feels so good to play here.”
Both Trinity and Glen Ullin-Hebron shot the ball well in the first half - 51 and 52 percent, respectively - but turnovers played a role in Trinity taking the early lead.
The Bearcats committed 14 turnovers in the first half - 12 alone in the first quarter. Trinity scored 11 points off those mistakes and was efficient from 3-point range, hitting 5 of 12 attempts.
Trinity maintained its lead the entire game, though the game was tight early on. The Titans ended the quarter with a 20-12 lead, pulling away more in the second quarter to take a 41-28 halftime lead.
“We kind of got an attitude on the defensive end that we needed to make up our mind that we’re not going to let them shoot easy shots,” Trinity senior Joe Mayer said. “In the first half, they got a lot of easy looks we pressed them into and I think we made up our minds that we wouldn’t let them do that no more.”
By the second half, Trinity was on cruise control. In the first four minutes of the third quarter, the Titans outscored the Bearcats 12-1. In the fourth, they limited Glen Ullin-Hebron to nine points, its lowest in any quarter.
Five players finished in double figures for Trinity and combined for 69 of its points. Willy Jahner led the Titans with 18 points. He made four 3-pointers and added three assists and three steals. Both Cole Wilhelmi and Mayer finished with 15 points - Wilhelmi had three steals and three assists and Mayer had four assists and three rebounds - while Lucas Jones added 11 points and Shawn Stoltz added 10.
“Our balance tonight was outstanding,” Grinsteinner said. “When we have guys like that and have four or five in double-digits, we’re pretty hard to guard.”
The Titans had eight total turnovers, shot 55 percent (35 for 64) from the field and hit 11 of their 21 3-point attempts.
Baily Morman led Glen Ullin-Hebron with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ty Wehri had 14 points and four assists, and Lucas Wagner added eight points.
Trinity scored 27 points off 23 Glen Ullin-Hebron turnovers in the second half. The Bearcats shot 10 percent less from the first half, going 9 for 21.
“We were trying to take away the inside game and we did a pretty good job with that, and (Trinity) shot well in the first half and we were hoping they would cool off from the outside and they didn’t. They shot pretty well the whole game,” Glen Ullin-Hebron head coach Paul Sayler said. “They’re a well-disciplined team, a well-coached team and pass the ball well. But I’m real proud of my kids. They worked hard tonight.”
Trinity has no time to savor the win. It gets right back on the court. The Titans host Watford City at 2 p.m. today at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
Though it doesn’t mean anything to Trinity’s region standings, the Titans understand it’s a big rivalry game and that adds more fuel to the fire.
“It’s always an exciting game, it’s a rivalry between us and we got to be ready to play,” Wilhelmi said.
Grinsteinner added: “For me as a head coach for as long as I’ve been around that’s been a good rivalry game and I get fired up for that game.”
GUH 12 28 41 50
T 20 41 61 82
GUH: Baily Morman 15, Ty Wehri 14, Lucas Wagner 8, Jordan Schumacher 4, Skylar Soupir 4, Dave Ballon 3, Chase Berger 2
T: Willy Jahner 18, Cole Wilhelmi 15, Joe Mayer 15, Lucas Jones 11, Shawn Stoltz 10.
3-pointers: GUH 3 (Wehri 2, Morman 1), T 11 (Jahner 4, Jones 3, Wilhelmi 2, Mayer 1). Free throws: GUH 5-8, T 11-21. Total fouls: GUH 5, T 10. Rebounds: GUH 28 (Morman 11), T 22 (4 with 3). Assists: GUH 10 (Wehri 4), T 18 (Mayer 4). Steals: GUH 8 (Wagner 2), T 23 (Wilhelmi 3, Jahner 3). Blocks: GUH 1 (Berger), T 2 (Stoltz, Brock Messer). Turnovers: GUH 23, T 8. Records: GUH 3-14 (Region 1-8), T 9-7 (Region 7-2).