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Trinity boys basketball bounces back to top Berthold

MINOT -- After a lopsided loss to No. 1-ranked Four Winds-Minnewaukan on Wednesday, the No. 2-ranked Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team bounced back on Thursday with a 62-53 win over Berthold at the Minot State Dome.

MINOT - After a lopsided loss to No. 1-ranked Four Winds-Minnewaukan on Wednesday, the No. 2-ranked Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team bounced back on Thursday with a 62-53 win over Berthold at the Minot State Dome.

“The biggest thing was the mental part of it,” Titans head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said of the difference between games. “Berthold had been averaging right around 80 points, and we held them to 53. We did a lot of better things defensively and made them work hard.

“We built a nice lead in the second half - we led by 12 with five and a half minutes left - and they came back and got it to one point just like that, so we had to make some plays down the stretch.”

Trinity (5-1) junior Noah Sickler led the Titans with 24 points on 11 of 15 shooting. He also had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior Shawn Stoltz followed with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He was the only other Titan in double-figures.

“We were getting a lot of stuff inside today,” Grinsteinner said.

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The Bombers (4-1) had just one player in double-figures, senior Garrett Hanson, who scored 32 points on 13 of 19 shooting.

“He was getting a lot of stuff going to the basket, some offensive rebound putbacks,” Grinsteinner said. “We got to be a little bit more difficult for other teams to score baskets.”

The Titans return to the court at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3 against Beulah to open Region 7 play at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Dickinson Trinity 62, Berthold 53

B  12  11  13  17

DT  14  11  21  16

B: Garrett Hanson 32, Cody Hamilton 7, Reese Hennessy 4, JT Ross 3, Alex Nelson 3, Keaton Borud 2, Tommy Burke 2.

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DT: Noah Sickler 24, Shawn Stoltz 17, Alex Scherr 8, Lucas Jones 5, Alec Sickler 3, Kendall Jones 3, Easton Walby 2.

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