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Trinity upsets top-ranked Four Winds-Minnewaukan

The Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team saved its best performance for last. It was against the best team in Class B -- top-ranking Four Winds-Minnewaukan. In their final regular season home game, the Titans upset the Indians 83-82 on Saturday...

Lucas Jones
Press Photo by Meaghan MacDonald Dickinson Trinity sophomore guard Lucas Jones is guarded by a Four Winds-Minnewaukan defender in Saturday’s game at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

The Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team saved its best performance for last.
It was against the best team in Class B - top-ranking Four Winds-Minnewaukan.
In their final regular season home game, the Titans upset the Indians 83-82 on Saturday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
This was the first Class B loss for Four Winds and second of the season.
“We knew we’d have to play one of our best games of the year and we did that (Saturday),” Trinity senior Cole Wilhelmi said. “Our fans picked us up when we were down, they had tons of energy for us and it’s going to carry us going into regionals.”
Trinity only had one lead in the first three quarters, 6-4 in the first when Shawn Stoltz tipped in Cole Wilhelmi’s attempted 3-point shot. The Indians had an 11-point lead at the half and built it to as much as 14 - 50-36 - in the opening seconds of the third.
The tides began to change in favor of the Titans in the fourth quarter. They took its first lead of the second half 75-74 at the 3-minute, 38-second mark when Joe Mayer scored on a layup off a Four Winds turnover. Trinity maintained its lead down the stretch but the Indians kept it a one-possession game.
“We knew they were the best team in the state and we knew we had to contain them and if they hit a 3 on us, so be it which they were doing plenty of,” Wilhelmi said with a laugh. “But we just tried to stay confident, we knew they played every team in the state and beat them but were happy to come out with the win.”
Trinity needed a team effort in order to take down the high-powered offense of Four Winds, which averages the most points per game in Class B at 82.5, and succeeded at that. Five players finished in double figures and combined for 74 points. Wilhelmi scored a team-high 18 points and seven assists, Shawn Stolz had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, both Lucas Jones and Willy Jahner scored 14 points and Mayer rounded out with 13.
The Titans overall kicked its shooting game into high gear in the second half and made 62 percent of their shots and finished 53 percent (32 for 61) from the field. Four Winds outrebounded them 30-27, but Trinity picked up 15 points off second chance shots.
“We had two big region games this week and we didn’t really do a lot of prep for Four Winds,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “We just told the kids to execute and do what we do best and we did. We came, we competed and the best we’ve competed all year.”
The game was a battle around the perimeter. The teams combined to go 23 for 39 from 3-point range as Four Winds made 12 and Trinity 11. Four Winds senior Trayvon McKay hit six 3-pointers while Wilhelmi and Jahner each made four.
“Our 3-point shooting was pretty good today but we were just trading shots back and forth,” Stoltz said.
McKay had an outstanding performance on the court and finished with a game-high 30 points - 17 in the first half - four rebounds and four assists. Cody Fasset followed with 14 points and a team-high six rebounds, Tronis McKay added 11 points and Jason Feather supplied 10. The Indians committed 13 turnovers to Trinity’s five and finished shooting 63 percent from the field and 75 percent from 3-point range.
Though it was an emotional loss and end to the regular season, Four Winds head coach Rick Smith said there was plenty to take away from the game to use for the postseason.
“(Friday and Saturday night) were great games for us it’s going to prepare us for the postseason, the hostile crowds, the loud, good games and intense stuff,” Smith said. “We got things to work on when games are on the line and playing teams like Trinity and Shiloh Christian help us do things like that.”
Trinity plays its final regular season game against Killdeer. The Region 7 game will take place at 7 p.m. Friday. The Titans will take this win but get right back to work to focus on the Cowboys, who they could potentially see in the quarterfinals of the Region 7 Tournament.
“Our confidence is through the roof right now but we can’t be cocky after this, just because we beat them doesn’t mean we’re going to come out and play like that every day,” Stoltz said. “We just got to play our game.”

FWM 30 47 67 82
T 23 36 63 83
FWM: Trayvon McKay 30, Cody Fasset 14, Tronis McKay 11, Jason Feather 10, Darwin ThreeIrons 6, Steve Redfox 5, Oliver Groud III 4, Zac Alberts 2.
T: Cole Wilhelmi 18, Shawn Stoltz 15, Willy Jahner 14, Lucas Jones 14, Joe Mayer 13, Brock Messer 6, Jon Volk 3.
3-pointers: FWM 12 (Trayvon McKay 6, ThreeIrons 2, Feather 2, Redfox 1, Tronis McKay 1) T 11 (Wilhelmi 4, Jahner 4, Jones 2, Mayer 1). Free throws: FWM 2-5, T 8-18. Total fouls: FWM 18, T 9. Fouled out: FWM, Redfox. Rebounds: FWM 30 (Fasset 6), T 27 (Stoltz 11). Assists: FWM 19 (Redfox 6), T 19 (Wilhelmi 7). Steals: FWM 5 (2 with 1), T 12 (Stoltz 3). Blocks: FWM 0, T 1 (Messer). Turnovers: FWM 13, T 5. Records: FWM x-x (District x-x), T x-x (District x-x).

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