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Titans tumble to No.4 Four Winds-Minnewaukan

MINOT -- In back-to-back contests against teams ranked toward the top of the state, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball slowed each opponent to under 50 points on the scoreboard on less than 40 percent shooting from the field.

MINOT - In back-to-back contests against teams ranked toward the top of the state, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball slowed each opponent to under 50 points on the scoreboard on less than 40 percent shooting from the field.

While their defense has been strong, the Titans struggled to get their offense in gear.

One day removed from scoring 39 points on 31 percent shooting in a loss against No. 1 Thompson, No. 2 Dickinson Trinity was even more inefficient in a 48-29 defeat to #4 Four Winds-Minnewaukan during the Dale Brown Classic on Saturday, Dec. 29, from the Minot State Dome.

The 29 points put up by the Titans is their lowest point total since a 59-30 home loss to Watford City on Feb. 4, 2011.

“Confidence is the problem for the Titans right now,” Dickinson Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.

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Dickinson Trinity only made 12 field goals while committing nearly twice as many turnovers, with 22.

The Titans most productive frame came during the second quarter where they scored 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field. Trailing the Indians 24-19 entering the halftime break, Dickinson Trinity misfired on 12 of its 13 field goal attempts in the third - a 3-pointer from senior post Isaac Fridrich was the team’s lone make during the quarter.

Four Winds-Minnewaukan outscored the Titans 12-3 in the third and 12-7 in the fourth. The Indians were led by 6-foot-9 sophomore center Bronson Walter, who poured 15 points and a pair of blocks. Standing at 6-feet-3-inches tall, junior forward Doug Yankton also had 15 points and chipped in six rebounds.

Dickinson Trinity was paced by senior forward Aric Knopik, who had eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

#4 Four Winds-Minnewaukan 48, #2 Dickinson Trinity 29FWM 10 14 12 12DT 6 13 3 7FWM: Doug Yankton 15, Bronson Walter 15, Jaymison Jackson 6, Jayden Yankton 6, Johnny Redfox 2, Fred Redfox 2, Gionni Robertson 2.DT: Aric Knopik 8, Isaac Fridrich 7, Cole Fitterer 6, Matthew Stafford 4, Cheydan Hauf 2, Seth Herner 2.3-pointers: FWM 0, DT 1 (Fridrich 1). Free throws: FWM 8-11, DT 4-8. Total fouls: FWM 13, DT 12. Rebounds: FWM 34 (J. Yankton 7), DT 27 (Knopik 11). Assists: FWM 5 (D. Yankton 4), DT 4 Stafford 2, Hauf 2). Steals: FWM 6 (J. Yankton 3), DT 7 (Jake Daniel 2, Stafford 2). Blocks: FWM 2 (Walter 2), DT 0. Turnovers: FWM 15, DT 22. Records: FWM 5-0, DT 5-2.

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