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Trinity Titans boys basketball uses defense in victory over Richardton-Taylor Raiders

RICHARDTON -- After nearly two weeks since playing its last game, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team was anxious to hit the court.Energy showed for the Titans, who forced 22 turnovers in their 78-29 defeat of Richardton-Taylor Thursday ni...

RICHARDTON - After nearly two weeks since playing its last game, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team was anxious to hit the court.
Energy showed for the Titans, who forced 22 turnovers in their 78-29 defeat of Richardton-Taylor Thursday night in a Region 7 matchup at Richardton High School.
“Our defensive energy was just outstanding tonight,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “We forced them into some shots that they didn’t want to take.”
Trinity (10-3, 4-0 Region 7) totaled 22 steals in the game, led by Willy Jahner’s four.
The senior guard also led his team with game highs of 18 points - four 3-pointers - and five assists.
“(Jahner) expects a lot of out of himself,” Grinsteinner said. “He knows, as a leader of the team, he needs to step up.”
Grinsteinner said he liked how his team distributed the ball on offense, which showed with 13 players scoring for the Titans and the team’s 16 assists.
The Raiders were led by Denver Colgrove’s seven points and Jaydon Olson’s four steals.
Grinsteinner said he was pleased with his team’s rebounding - the Titans outrebounded Richardton-Taylor 42-12 and were led by Shawn Stoltz’s eight boards.
“It was almost like the second half of the season. I thought our kids really responded well,” Grinsteinner said. “Our practices last week were kind of down, but our energy and intensity has really picked up.”
Trinity’s win, Grinsteinner said, comes at a good time before the team’s game on Monday night at Beulah. Grinsteinner said his team will have to deal with Beulah’s pressure, limit its opportunities from the 3-point line, and maybe most of all, keep offensive balance.
“This was good for kids to get themselves ready for Beulah like that,” Grinsteinner said. “We’ve got to be aggressive and keep our balance. ... It’s going to come down to team, and this will be one that comes down to which team executes best.”

T 15 25 24 14
RT 6 10 6 7
T: Kendall Jones 4, Keagan Jacobson 3, Benson Kramer 9, Willy Jahner 18, Lucas Jones 8, Colton Jones 3, Shawn Stoltz 8, Easton Walby 4, Noah Sickler 4, Brady Grinsteinner 1, Zach Kubas 3, Joey Fredrich 4, Brock Messer 9.
RT: Karl Vyse 2, Matthew Naumann 6, Jaydon Olson 3, Denver Colgrove 7, Ethan Kuntz 3, Abe Axtman 2, Ethan Goetz 2, Adrian Hauck 4.
3-pointers: T 8 (Kramer 1, Jahner 4, Jones 2, C. Jones 1), RT 0. Free throws: T 6-11, RT 7-10. Total fouls: T 13, RT 8. Rebounds: T 42 (Stoltz 8), RT 12 (two tied with 3). Assists: T 16 (Jahner 5), RT 6 (six tied with 1). Steals: T 22 (Jahner 4), RT 15 (Olson 4). Blocks: T 0, RT 3 (three tied with 1). Turnovers: T 16, RT 22.

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