Jimmies sweepTrinity Bible College had already played Mayville State and Dakota State tough this season. Tuesday, they made Jamestown College work hard for a win.
By: By Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Trinity Bible College had already played Mayville State and Dakota State tough this season.
Tuesday, they made Jamestown College work hard for a win.
The Jimmies struggled with the gritty Lions for 30-plus minutes, but a strong close ended in a 77-61 win Tuesday night at the Civic Center.
“We knew they could play. We weren’t surprised by that,” JC coach Justin Wieck said. “We came out lethargic. The first half wasn’t very good. Our backs were up against the wall a little bit, but I was proud of the way we played in the second half. It was a much better effort all the way around.”
The Ellendale-based school, led by coach Jordan Nowell is coming off a national-tournament season and certainly appears to have a good shot at returning.
“We play hard. These games are fun for our guys. They like a challenge like we had tonight,” Nowell said.
TBC had a seven-point lead early in the second half before the Jimmies got it going.
A three-point play by Joshua Bialik just before the break and then a putback right after halftime gave the 4-5 Lions a 35-28 lead, but there was still 18-plus minutes to play. Despite some unease among the Civic Center partisans, the Jimmies didn’t panic. In fact, they scored 15 of the next 17 points with back-to-back 3s by Mark Hoge and Taylor Newton that restored order.
“More than anything in the second half we just made shot,” Wieck said. “We had good looks in the first half, we told the guys, ‘you gotta make those.’
“When one guy hits a shot and then somebody else it gets contagious. We had a little of that going in the second half.”
Mark Hoge poured in a game-high 23 points for the Jimmies. Davon Thomas followed with 17 points and eight rebounds and Breshion Tucker had 10 points and seven assists.
Mikey Rosario, who was averaging 25 points coming in, led the Lions with 13 points.
“We have Christian guys who want to play basketball,” Nowell said of his upstart squad. “We try to be smalltime. We’re proud of our school and community. Our players want to do well, and it helps to win.”
Meanwhile, the Jimmies continue their 11-game November with another tough test looming Friday as unbeaten and 7th-ranked William Penn of Iowa (12-0) comes to the Civic Center Friday night. Game time is 6 p.m.
“Seems like half the teams on our schedule have been ranked. We’ve played most of those teams tough, but we haven’t beaten any of them yet, so that’s the next thing,” Wieck said. “(William Penn is) very good, so it will be a big challenge, but our guys will be ready to go.”
Jamestown College 77, Trinity Bible College 61
Trinity Bible College 33 29 — 61
Jamestown College 28 49 — 77
Trinity Bible College: Barry Bighorn 8, A.J. Anthony 9, Pete Enos 8, Mikey Rosario 13, Michael Rohrbach 2, Nick Lentz 6, David Rohrbach 4, Cameron Martell 2, Joshua Bialik 9. Totals: 21-56 FG, Three-pointers: 4-17 (Enos 2, Bighorn 2), 15-24 FT, 42 Rebounds (Enos 8), 24 Fouls, 13 Assists (Anthony 7), 1 Blocked shot (Lentz), 4 Steals (Anthony 2).
Jamestown College: Dan Janu 5, Breshion Tucker 10, Taylor Newton 5, Davon Thomas 17, Mark Hoge 23, Andre Maund 5, Aaron Stemen 7, Jared Sutherland 3, Beny Collins 2. Totals: 24-55 FG, Three-pointers: 6-24 (Hoge 3, Tucker, Newton, Stemen), 23-36 FT, 40 Rebounds (Thomas 8), 22 Fouls, 20 Assists (Tucker 7), 14 Turnovers, 3 Blocked shots (Janu 2), 11 Steals (Maund 3).
Records: Jamestown College 6-5; Trinity Bible College 4-5.
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org