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Trinity Titans boys basketball begins Roughrider with win over Bowman County

Dickinson Trinity didn't want to leave anything to chance. The Titans boys basketball team jumped out early against Bowman County Tuesday and kept piling it on, leading to a 69-43 win in the first round of the Roughrider Tournament at the Knights...

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Dickinson Trinity junior guard Lucas Jones, left, drives into the lane for a breakaway layup against Bowman County Tuesday in the first round of the Roughrider Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Press Photo by Parker Cotton )

Dickinson Trinity didn’t want to leave anything to chance.
The Titans boys basketball team jumped out early against Bowman County Tuesday and kept piling it on, leading to a 69-43 win in the first round of the Roughrider Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“I think we had a good start to the game. We got more guys involved in the offense,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “We relaxed in the third quarter, and they got in their zone, but we were able to get all the kids some varsity time, and we’re excited to be moving on.”
The Titans led 19-8 after the first quarter and took a 41-14 lead into halftime. Trinity built the early advantage on its hot shooting, and it extended the lead thanks to the depth of the team.
Trinity junior Shawn Stoltz notched eight points and gathered 10 rebounds, and starting guards Willy Jahner and Lucas Jones scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, but the Titans’ bench kept the offense rolling.
Sophomore Noah Sickler scored 10, and juniors Michael Knopik, Kendall Jones and Keagan Jacobson combined for 12 points.
“That’s what we talk about. We need to create depth,” Grinsteinner said. “It’s a marathon. You don’t get to the postseason in December. You have to get kids time and get them to see what their role is going to be.”
The line changes for Trinity kept everybody fresh, while on the other side, Bowman County head coach Erick Egan thought his team was gassed.
“I don’t think we’re in as good of shape as we thought we were coming into it,” Egan said. “Trinity goes nine or 10 deep, and we’re maybe six or seven, and that’s tough, especially with the pressure they put on you.”
Bulldogs sophomore Dylan Scott led all players with 15 points, showcasing the ability to find some space to create his own shot. Cole Osendorf backed him up with a dozen points. Bowman County had spurts of offensive efficiency, but it became difficult to sustain.
“I think we just got tired and couldn’t handle that pressure anymore,” Egan said. “They’re always tough and always a good defensive team. Trinity played their game and unfortunately we fell right into their game.”’
The Titans move on to face Killdeer at 6 p.m. Thursday. Bowman County will take on Mott-Regent at 3 p.m. Thursday in the consolation semifinals. Both games are at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

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