Patriots surge by Blue JaysMuch like it did on its own court, the Bismarck Century boys basketball team wasted no time dispatching of Jamestown. The Patriots opened the game with an 8-2 run thanks to a pair of 3-pointers and secured a comfortable lead shortly after with a 15-2 run, as fourth-ranked Century cruised to a 67-47 win in West Region play at the JHS gym.
By: By Chris Aarhus, The Jamestown Sun, The Jamestown Sun
Much like it did on its own court, the Bismarck Century boys basketball team wasted no time dispatching of Jamestown.
The Patriots opened the game with an 8-2 run thanks to a pair of 3-pointers and secured a comfortable lead shortly after with a 15-2 run, as fourth-ranked Century cruised to a 67-47 win in West Region play at the JHS gym.
"The biggest thing is we had to have a better mindset than we did on the road at Belcourt," said Century coach Darin Mattern, whose team was coming off a one-point win over 6-12 Turtle Mountain. "I didn't think we played with much confidence. You've got to believe in what you're doing. I thought we showed that attitude (against Jamestown) right from the tip."
Ben Holen led four Patriots in double figures with 15 points in the win, which bumped their region record to 12-2 and overall to 13-4. Jamestown dropped to 1-11 and 2-13. Robert Hutchins (14), Tyler Rudolph (11) and Tim Wegner (10) aided the effort.
Jamestown coach Kelley Kessler said his team needs to do a better job of keeping its head up during those early runs.
"If you let it be disheartening, it can be," Kessler said. "Teams are gonna make runs. Teams that are successful look at that as a challenge."
Rudolph and Wegner spearheaded the effort early with 3-pointers, and the former hit two jumpers four minutes later that gave Century a 14-5 lead. The Patriots had a 42-18 lead at halftime en route to the win.
"We're going into the last couple games with the intention of winning at least a share of the conference championship," Mattern said. "We're working to improve, so we can have success at tournament time."
Jamestown's crowd got a look at the Blue Jays' youth, as freshman Logan Anderson tallied a team-high 15 points, 14 in the second half. Sophomore Marc Wagner and senior David Hanson were second on the team with four points each, though 11 players made it into the scorebook.
"Sometimes in life, the younger kids will come up and challenge you, and they'll be successful," Kessler said. "You hope your (older athletes) take that to heart, and they bring their game up. ... I'm glad some of our young kids are having success. But, overall, like our team, they have a long way to go. If they get complacent, they're not going to grow."
Bismarck Century 67, Jamestown 47
Century 42 67
Jamestown 15 47
BC: Ben Holen 15, Robert Hutchins 14, Tyler Rudolph 11, Tim Wegner 10, Dalton Feeney 7, Alex Quist 6, Ramey Schatz 2, Jacob Sommerfeld 1, Hunter Walsh 1. Totals 24-56 15-23 67
J: Logan Anderson 15, Marc Wagner 4, David Hanson 4, Nick Fuchs 3, Landon Weiser 3, Lucas Keller 3, Austin Remmick 3, Brandon Wegner 3, Alex McInnes 3, Tyler Ukestad 2, Phil Manley 2. Totals 12-39 19-36 47
3-pointers: BC 4-18 (Wegner, Feeney, Quist, Rudolph), J 4-11 (Fuchs, Hanson, Keller, Remmick). Rebounds: BC 39 (Rudolph 11, Holen 10), J 25 (Wagner 6). Assists: BC 9 (Holen 3), J 5 (Wegner 3). Steals: BC 16 (5 with 2), J 5 (5 with 1). Blocks: BC 0, J 1 (Fuchs). Fouls: BC 25, J 22. Fouled out: BC, Rudolph, Schatz. Turnovers: BC 16, J 24.