Jimmies struggle shooting in lossTwice now, South Dakota Mines has made life hard on the Jimmies.
By: Dave Selvig, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Twice now, South Dakota Mines has made life hard on the Jimmies.
After scoring just 39 points in a loss at Rapid City last month, points were again hard to come by on Sunday.
The Jimmies nearly rallied late, but couldn’t get even in a 48-45 loss Sunday afternoon at the Civic Center.
Down 47-40 with 3:15 left, the Jimmies got within 47-45 with 56 seconds to play, but couldn’t get over the hump.
“We’ve been kind of a rollercoaster team this season. We’ve been consistently inconsistent,” said JC coach Justin Wieck. “It’s been frustrating. We have to find a way to make a few more shots.”
Wieck was quick to point on the Hardrockers’ grinding defensive ways, though, too.
“They’re big, really physically. They’re a (NCAA) D-2 team. The size they have, you see that more at the D-2 level,” Wieck said.
The Hardrockers are also without three of their top players, including former LaMoure standout Caleb Shockman, who leads the Hardrockers in scoring and rebounding. Shockman played the first half of the season, but is red-shirting the second and will have a full season next year as Mines plays its first season after the 3-year transition to NCAA Division-II.
“We’re pleasantly surprised with the season we’ve had,” said Mines coach Jason Gregory, a Minot native. “It hasn’t always been pretty, like tonight with 25 turnovers, but our guys keep plugging away at it. That’s a pretty good trait to have.”
Neither team scored 20 points in the second half after the Hardrockers (17-8) led 30-26 at the break.
“Second half, I thought we played with a lot more fire and intensity. I didn’t think we were ready to go in the first half and that was really disappointing,” Wieck said. “Lot better job in the second half. We just didn’t make enough shots, and some of them were point-blank range, we just didn’t finish.”
The Jimmies (12-16) shot just 30 percent for the game. Davon Thomas had 16 points and six rebounds, while Mark Hoge added 15 and eight. Jared Sutherland had seven points off the bench, but only five players scored.
The Jimmies wrap up the regular season this week by hosting Dakota State Wednesday and playing at Mayville State on Sunday. The Association of Independent Tournament, which will be played at the Civic Center. begins Feb. 22.
Konor Kulas led the Hardrockers with 13 points. Forest River, N.D., native Philip Schanilec added 11 off the bench.
Gregory will add more North Dakota players next year with Mandan’s Erron Collins and Trevor Zacher of Beulah.
“About half our team is from North Dakota. I’m from North Dakota,” Gregory said. “Just one big happy family.”
South Dakota Mines 48, Jamestown College 45
South Dakota Mines 30 18 — 48
Jamestown College 26 19 — 45
South Dakota Mines — Konor Kulas 13, Andrew Rebol 5, Denis Dobkowski 2, Lucas Nolan 4, James Dean 2, Philip Schanilec 11, Calvin Thomas 5, Troy Whiteto 2, Justin Schock 4. Totals: 20-47 FG, Three-pointers: 2-13 (Schanilec, Thomas), 6-11 FT, 38 Rebounds (Nolan 5), 15 Fouls, 11 Assists (Nolan 4), 25 Turnovers, 1 Blocked shot (Schock), 7 Steals (Kulas 2).
Jamestown College — Breshion Tucker 3, Taylor Newton 4, Davon Thomas 16, Mark Hoge 15, Jared Sutherland 7. Totals: 16-52 FG, Three-pointers: 3-21 (Thomas, Hoge, Sutherland), 10-16 FT, 30 Rebounds (Hoge 8), 16 Fouls, 17 Turnovers, 3 Assists (Tucker 2), 2 Blocked shots (Thomas, Beny Collins), 9 Steals (Thomas 3).
Records: South Dakota Mines 17-8; Jamestown College 12-16.
Sun sports editor Dave Selvig can be reached at (701) 952-8460 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org