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Titans use 19 points in third to take down Stanley

BISMARCK -- In a matchup against Stanley during the Shiloh Christian Invitational, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team trailed by five points going into halftime. Initially slowed by the Blue Jays' zone defense, the Titans got into gear in...

BISMARCK - In a matchup against Stanley during the Shiloh Christian Invitational, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team trailed by five points going into halftime. Initially slowed by the Blue Jays’ zone defense, the Titans got into gear in the third quarter, scoring Stanley 19-9 in the frame.

Stanley nearly matched Dickinson Trinity’s third-period production in the fourth, but the No. 8 Titans emerged victorious, snapping a two-game losing streak with a 53-50 triumph.

“(We) played really well in the second half. We attacked their different zone looks and played really good defense,” Titans head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.

During the team’s slide, Dickinson Trinity had a difficult time being efficient on the offensive end. While it was a step up from their previous performances, converting on 45 percent of their attempts in the first half, the Titans were down 23-18 before the start of the second half. The tide tilted in the red team’s favor when the action resumed, as Dickinson Trinity went 13-for-21 during the final 16 minutes of play.  

Senior forward Aric Knopik paced the Titans with Aric Knopik paced the team with 17 points and six rebounds while junior forward Seth Herner added 14 points and a team-high seven boards.

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The Blue Jays were led by senior guard Seth Hetzel, who topped all players 27 points and was 5-for-11 from three-point range.

Stanley made nine shots from behind the arc while Dickinson Trinity’s 22 field goals were inside of the arc. The Titans were whistled for half as many fouls as their opponent (16-8) and out-rebounded Stanley 29-21.

No. 8 Dickinson Trinity 53, Stanley 50DT 10 8 19 16S 13 10 9 18DT: Aric Knopik 17, Seth Herner 14, Cole Fitterer 11, Matthew Stafford 8, Jake Daniel 2, Isaac Fridrich 1.S: Seth Hetzel 27, Rhett Hanson 14, Elijaih Bennet-Bauil 9.3-pointers: DT 0, S 9 (Hetzel 5). Free throws: DT 9-17, S 3-3. Total fouls: DT 16, S 8. Rebounds: DT 29 (Herner 7), S 21 (Hanson 7). Assists: DT 8 (Stafford 4), S 4 (Hanson 2). Steals: DT 9 (Knopik 3), S 8 (Bennet-Bauil 4). Blocks: DT 1 (Knopik 1), S 0. Turnovers: DT 13, S 9. Records: DT 6-2, S 4-3.

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