Trinity slashes past Night Hawks

Titans advance to semifinals with large victory over Hettinger-Scranton.

Titans' Aiden Haich's 10 points, four rebounds and two assists helped Trinity take a 29-point win over Hettinger-Scranton on Monday. (Matthew Curry/The Dickinson Press)

Determined to get another shot at the Class B Region 7 tournament title, the second-seeded Trinity Titans boys basketball team left nothing to chance in its battle against 10th-seeded Hettinger-Scranton on Monday.

In the second round of the regional tournament, the Titans took a 21-8 point lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back against the Night Hawks, outscoring Hettinger-Scranton 17-9 in the second, 15-11 in the third and 10-6 in the fourth to take the overall 63-34 victory and proving to the entire region the Titans are going for it all this season.

" We talked about it being survive and advance right now," Titans Head Coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. "We did some things well, and we did some things not so well. I think the first game in the tournament you’re going to have your downs and we did."

As for the Night Hawks, the team hoped to carry its first round upset victory over seventh-seeded Mott-Regent into the second round against the Titans. Despite heavy efforts early on, including three lead changes and a tie in the first quarter, the Night Hawks was unable to continue its grip against Trinity and began to fall to the Titans throughout the remainder of the game.

"Our boys, we might lack a little bit of size, a little bit of strength, but they make up for it with hard work," Head Coach Jeremy Dietchman said. "Always working as hard as anyone else that we’ve played. Always proud of that effort."


The Titans heavily dominated the stat sheet, hitting 47.1% of its overall shots, compared to the Night Hawks' 29.6%. In rebounding, the Titans snatched 39 boards compared to the Night Hawks 16. As a result, Trinity recorded 20 points off second chances.

Titans' senior Tanner Soehren led the charge for the Titans with 12 points and four rebounds, Jake Shobe recorded 11 points and Aiden Haich recorded 10 points. As for the Night Hawks, senior Jeran Anderson attempted to keep his team in the game by scoring 25 of the team's 34 overall points. Bradee Clapper, Forest Forhun and Maddox Pierce each scored three points.

Dietchman credited Trinity for its consistent effort and willpower which led to the substantial 29-point loss.

"They’re a very good team, there’s a reason they’re always in the region championship game and they showed that tonight," he said.

Grinsteinner returned the favor by acknowledging the hard working effort of Hettinger-Scranton.

"The one thing that we didn’t want to do was put Hettinger-Scranton at the free throw line and we did that way too much, but give them credit, they knocked down free throws and stuff," he said. "They battled and I thought our kids at times we battled and we were disciplined, we got the shots that we wanted and I thought defensively when we got ourselves in stance and stuff we guarded pretty well."

With the victory, the Titans advance to the semifinals on Tuesday against Bowman County. While the home fans will be hoping for a Trinity victory, which would put them in the championship game on Thursday, Grinsteinner emphasized the importance of taking things slow. Particularly in the semifinals.

"You got to control the things you can, everybody knows what’s on the line in this game," he said. "Semifinals night is a fun night, everybody looks forward to the championship night but semifinal night is the night that gets you there and we got to just be fundamentally sound."


Grinsteinner added, " We’re excited, we're giving ourselves the opportunity (to play for the championship) and that’s all you can ask for."

Hettinger-Scranton: 8 9 11 6 - 34

Trinity: 21 17 15 10 - 63

Hettinger Scranton: Ryder Sanford 0, Jeran Anderson 25, Bradee Clapper 3, Brian Baltholmy DNP, Forest Forhun 3, Frederick Forthun 0, Maddox Pierce 3, Malachi Dilse 0, Quentin Schumacher 0, Bennett Jorgenson 0, Alex Burrer 0, Joey Perkins 0, Haydon Erickson DNP, Tyler Wilson 0.

Trinity: Jake Daniel 9, Logan Bentz 0, Jake Shobe 11, Garin Anderson 0, Nick Deschamp 4, Drew Kovash 0, Cole Fitterer 6, Aiden Haich 10, Ty Praus 3, Kael Thorson 0, Trever Jassek 0, Nathaniel Jilek 8, Tanner Soehren 12, Trenten Bertelsen 0.

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Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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