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Trinity routs Mott-Regent for tourney title

In its semifinal matchup of the Roughrider Tournament, Mott-Regent won in spite of its 20 turnovers. The Wildfire's control of the glass and 45.5 shooting percentage made up for their stretches of carelessness.

Dickinson Trinity senior Shawn Stoltz, left, defends against Mott-Regent's Brady Wegh during Friday's championship game of the Roughrider Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson Trinity senior Shawn Stoltz, left, defends against Mott-Regent's Brady Wegh during Friday's championship game of the Roughrider Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

In its semifinal matchup of the Roughrider Tournament, Mott-Regent won in spite of its 20 turnovers. The Wildfire's control of the glass and 45.5 shooting percentage made up for their stretches of carelessness.

In the final against Dickinson Trinity Friday night at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, they matched their turnover total from the night before and underperformed elsewhere on the stat sheet, and it cost them a chance at a trophy.

The Titans forced 12 first-half turnovers, eight more the next half, and pulled away for a 71-54 victory and a third straight Roughrider Tournament title.

"The effort was there, and we were there physically, but mentally we made a lot of mistakes," Mott-Regent head coach Nate Zachmann. "When you play great teams like that it shows you your weaknesses, and I think at times our guys got frustrated and started to play one-on-five instead of five-on-five."

The Wildfire's Tanner Zentner, who netted a team-high 19, started the game off with a made three-pointer, but the Titans countered with a 12-3 run; seven of those points came off of four forced turnovers in the first three minutes.

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The Titans (4-0) extended the lead to 20-9, but six straight from Mott-Regent (3-1) brought the first quarter score to 20-15.

A three-point shot from Brady Wegh in the second quarter brought the Wildfire to within 32-27, but three straight threes (two by Lucas Jones) quickly upped the lead to 41-27. The Wildfire never pulled within single digits from that point on.

Jones, who along with teammates Shawn Stoltz and Noah Sickler was named to the all-tournament team after the game, followed up a 3 for 14 night on Thursday with his best game of the season, leading his team with 19 points, seven assists and seven steals. In the first half alone, he started the Titan spark with 13 of his 19 points, five assists and five steals.

"I haven't been making shots, but my team needs me to. They kept getting on me, so I just kept shooting and they were going in tonight," Jones said. "Credit my teammates, too, they got me open and set screens so all I had to do was knock the shots down."

Stoltz had 15 points on 6 of 10 shooting, plus eight rebounds and four blocks while guarding Wegh.

While Stoltz's scoring contribution was consistent with the numbers he had been putting up in the previous two tournament games, part of the Titan's high scoring output was to do with the balance around him.

In addition to Jones' 19, Sickler had 14, Easton Walby added 13 and Alex Scherr had eight. For the game, the Titans shot 46.7 percent from the field.

"That's one of the things we preach. Anytime you have four of your starters in double figures and a fifth guy with eight it's a pretty good night," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. "It makes it tough for other teams to defend you. We've been telling our kids that. Shawn and Noah are steady but Easton and Alex Scherr really played well. Seems like they're coming into their own, and a lot of that started on the defensive end."

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Dickinson Trinity 71, Mott-Regent 54

MR 15 12 15 12

THS 20 25 17 9

MR: Tanner Zentner 19, Brady Wegh 10, Cody Perkins 10, Sean Hertz 6, Dylan Ambers 5, Josh Wallace 2, Isaac Frey 2.

THS: Lucas Jones 19, Shawn Stoltz 15, Noah Sickler 14, Easton Walby 13, Alex Scherr 8, Keagan Jacobson.

3-pointers: MR 7-17 (Zentner 4-10, Perkins 2-4, Ambers 1-1, Hertz 0-1, Wegh 0-1), THS 6-20 (Jones 3-7, Walby 2-6, Stoltz 1-3, Kendall Jones 0-2, Aric Knopik 0-1). Free throws: MR 3-7, THS 9-13. Total fouls: MR 12, THS 9. Rebounds: MR 25 (Wegh 11), THS 36 (Stoltz 8). Assists: MR 7 (Zentner 3), THS 13 (L. Jones 7). Steals: MR 12 (Wallace 2), THS 19 (L. Jones). Blocks: MR 3 (Wegh 3), THS 4 (Stoltz 4). Turnovers: MR 20, THS 14.

Roughrider All-Tournament Team

Brady Wegh, Mott-Regent; Shawn Stoltz, Dickinson Trinity; Noah Sickler, Dickinson Trinity; Dylan Scott, Bowman County; Tanner Zentner, Mott-Regent; Bailey Morman, Glen Ullin-Hebron; Garrett LeMieux, Killdeer; Zane Besler, Heart River; Cody Holt, New England; Lucas Jones, Dickinson Trinity.

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