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Dickinson ends Blue Jays’ season

Jamestown's Logan Anderson pauses before a spin move against Dickinson's Luke Herauf during a West Region loser-out game Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center. (Chris Aarhus The Sun)

BISMARCK — Jamestown has had problems holding down teams from the 3-point line this season.

The struggles continued on Friday.

Dickinson finished 11-of-21 from beyond the arc, ending Jamestown’s season with an 80-58 win in loser-out play of the West Region tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center.

“That’s what it came down to tonight, and that’s what’s it come down to all year,” Jamestown coach Kelley Kessler said. “An inability to (guard) people on the perimeter. That’s a dagger when the other team’s knocking them down from the 3-point line.”

The two teams traded buckets throughout the first half and the game was tied at 21, when Dickinson’s Parker Egli got going, helping the Midgets end the half on a 17-6 run. Egli scored a game-high 20 points, drilling three 3-pointers.

Back-to-back treys from Mark Erickson followed by a 3-pointer from Luke Herauf gave the Midgets a commanding 50-32 lead early in the second half, and Jamestown never answered.

“Jamestown came out, going shot for shot and we just weren’t handling it very well,” Dickinson coach John Wilson said of the first half. “The kids didn’t get down. They hung in there and kept attacking, offensively.

“We said at the start of the second half to remember what got us the run at the end of the first half and use that in the second half. The kids did really well.”

Kessler said penetration made the difference.

“They got by our first level and we had to come help,” Kessler said. “They were able to kick it out to open shooters and they didn’t miss (many) today. Credit to them for doing things the right way.”

Logan Anderson and Nick Fuchs led the Blue Jays (5-13) with 12 and 11 points, respectively. It was the final game for seniors Ashton Johnson, Joey Gebhardt, Landon Weiser, Marc Wagner and Tyler Ukestad.

“You get to this point, and all that goes through your head is the negative things you’ve done to put you in this position,” Kessler said. “You still have to realize that these are really good kids. They’re gonna go on and do way better things than high school basketball. We thank them for putting the time in with us.”

West Region Tournament

At Bismarck

Loser out

Dickinson 80, Jamestown 58

Jamestown 27 31 — 58

Dickinson 38 42 — 80 

Jamestown: Logan Anderson 12, Nick Fuchs 11, Noah Wanzek 9, Ashton Johnson 7, Ross Monson 6, Marc Wagner 5, Ben Hanson 3, Tyler Ukestad 3, Landon Weiser 2. Totals 23-65 FG, 8-10 FT.

Dickinson: Parker Egli 20, Aanen Moody 15, Luke Herauf 14, Mark Erickson 14, Levi Jordheim 10, Bronson Lewis 3, Mac Rohr 2, Judson Mork 2. Totals 28-47 FG, 11-21 FT.

3-pointers: D 11-21 (Erickson 4, Egli 3, Moody 2, Herauf, Lewis), J 4-21 (Fuchs 3, Johnson). Rebounds: D 31 (Jordheim 7, Herauf 7), J 36 (Fuchs 8). Assists: D 16 (Herauf 4), J 7 (Anderson 3). Fouls: D 14, J 18. Fouled out: J, Wagner. Turnovers: D 19, J 17.

Records: Jamestown 5-16, Dickinson 8-13.

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