Jimmie jubilation: Hoge leads four players in double figures, as Jamestown sews up conference title
The nets came down Wednesday night after the Jimmies’ dismantling of the Vikings was complete.
The University of Jamestown blitzed Valley City State for an early 17-3 lead and steamrolled to an 89-50 win to wrap up the North Star Athletic Association title at the Civic Center.
It was the 10th win in a row for the Jimmies, who can cap a perfect run through the league Saturday at Dakota State.
“This is what every basketball player dreams about. Chance to win a conference championship against your rival on your home court,” said star senior Mark Hoge. “It can’t get any better than that.”
Same could be said of Hoge’s play of late. After recording a triple-double last Wednesday against Dakota State, he was just four assists shy of doing it again with 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals against the Vikings.
“Everybody has stepped up. I want to be the leader of this team, but you can go across the board. It’s been a total team effort,” Hoge said. “In the second semester everything has just clicked.”
Playing in front of the largest, and loudest, home crowd of the season, the Jimmies meant business early.
Hoge, Taylor Newton and Matt Wingo had early 3s in a 17-3 flurry to snow the Vikings under early.
“The guys just played fantastic. I don’t even really know what to say,” coach Justin Wieck said. “Hoge led us but everybody that played did a really good job on both ends of the floor.
“You score 89 and give up 50? You do that and you did a lot of things good.”
Over the final 30 minutes, about the only drama was how many fouls would be called.
After 26 infractions were called in the first half, the whistle blew 22 more times in the final 20 minutes.
The Jimmies went 20 of 24 from the stripe in the first half and 31 of 39 in the game. That, combined with a dizzying series of substitutions from VCSU, led to the game’s snail-like pace.
But it did not affect the Jimmies, who improved to 15-11 overall.
“I always really liked what we had and what our guys can do,” Wieck said. “Sometimes, you know, you have to go through some stuff early to get where you want to be late. Right now, we’re playing really good basketball.”
Nine Jimmies scored. Taylor Newton had 16 points despite early foul trouble. Jacob Havron double-doubled in just 20 minutes with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Brequan Tucker hit his average with 16 points.
“The last 10 games or so it’s been everybody doing their part,” Hoge said. “That’s what good teams do.”
The Jimmies remained unbeaten in 2014, and had they been able to flip a couple of narrow early losses into wins, they’d be making a real push for an at-large national tournament bid right now.
That aside, there’s plenty to feel good about.
“We’re going to enjoy this right now. We’ve come a long way and this is fun to do it the way we have,” Hoge said. “This team has made a mark. We’ll be able to feel good about this for a long time.”
University of Jamestown 89,
Valley City State 50
Valley City State 26 24 — 50
Jamestown 42 47 — 89
Valley City State: Ty Pratt 2, Paxton Lloyd 9, Aaron Duske 9, A.J. McDonald 5, Skylar Shockman 4, Mac Kroeplin 3, Quinton Peterson 5, Jeremy Ware 8, Russell Robinson 5. Totals: 15-52 FG, Three-pointers: 5-15 (Duske, McDonald, Lloyd, Ware, Kroeplin), 15-27 FT, 35 Rebounds (Duske 6), 26 Fouls (Kroeplin 5, Robinson 5), 7 Assists (McDonald 2), 18 Turnovers, 2 Blocked shots (Peterson, Pratt), 6 Steals (Robinson 2).
Jamestown: Brequan Tucker 16, Taylor Newton 14, Logan Brown 6, Jake Hagler 7, Matt Wingo 9, Mark Hoge 19, Dan Janu 2, Jacob Havron 14, Austin Giese 2. Totals: 25-59 FG, Three-pointers: 8-21 (Hoge 4, Tucker, Newton, Hagler, Wingo), 31-39 FT, 44 Rebounds (Hoge 10, Havron 10), 22 Fouls, 19 Assists (Hoge 6), 13 Turnovers, 5 Blocked shots (Janu 3), 11 Steals (Hoge 3).
Records: Jamestown 6-0 North Star Athletic Association, 14-11 overall; Valley City State 4-2 NSAA, 13-12 overall.
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