Walters, Skunberg lead way for Jays
Turtle Mountain Community High School had a tall task ahead of it Saturday night.
The Braves had to take care of 6-foot-6 junior forward Mason Walters and 6-4 sophomore forward Boden Skunberg.
Turtle Mountain took a 27-26 lead into halftime, but a 32-7 run by Jamestown sparked a 65-40 victory at Jerry Meyer Arena.
"Every WDA game is a dogfight," said Jamestown boys basketball coach Jacoby Lloyd. "(It was) closer than I would've liked it to be. In the second half we got a little bit more penetration and more offensive rebounds."
Walters led the Blue Jays in the first half with 14 points. He scored eight of Jamestown's first 10 points and led an 8-0 run later in the half.
"I was trying to get the ball in the first half," Walters said. "Just working inside and kicking it back out, getting open opportunities for all of our teammates. My jump hook was working and my drop step to the left worked well in the beginning."
But eight points from the Braves' Tanner Brien, six from junior center Julian Parisien and a pair of 3-pointers gave Turtle Mountain its largest lead of the night at 20-16.
"I think offensively we were not in a groove in the first half, they did a nice job of taking us out of that groove by gapping us and not letting us penetrate," Lloyd said.
Junior guard Dawson Douty did not waste any time getting the lead back for Jamestown after it trailed by one at the half. Douty stole the ball on the inbound and layed in an easy 2.
"We just wanted to come out and pressure them, get a quick steal and spark us right back up," Walters said.
Skunberg took over in the second half. He scored four straight jumpers to start putting the game out of reach.
"Boden is one of the best all-around players that I've seen," Lloyd said. "He just needs to keep doing what he was doing in the second half. That was awesome—he made the game easy for himself; pull-up jump shots, got to the basket, offensive rebounding, defensive rebounding. He's a very skilled player."
Jamestown heads to Dickinson on Friday to face the Midgets.
"They're coming along pretty well," Lloyd said of the Midgets. "They've got some size and some athleticism inside. They're going to be a tough matchup for us."
TUR 28 12 -- 40
JAM 27 38 -- 65
MIN—Tanner Brien 13, Julian Parisien 12, Tristin Davis 3, Wyatt Enno 3, Isiah Samuelson 2, Darrick Fredrick 2,. Totals: 18-48 FG, FT 2-7 3-pointers 2-6, 28 Rebounds, 8 Fouls, 8 Assists, 17 Turnovers.
JAM—Mason Walters 20, Boden Skunberg 14, John Horgan 5, Dawson Douty 11, Jared Kallenbach 4, Ryder Lunzman 4,Jose Molina 3, Aaron Kleven 2, Bryan Mosolf 2,. Totals: 27-66 FG, 29-67 FT, 4-8 3-pointers (Douty, Jose Molina, John Horgan), 46 Rebounds (Walters 9), 12 Fouls, 8 Assists, 7 Turnovers, 5 Block (Douty 2), 6 Steals (Douty 6).
Records: Turtle Mountain 2-6, 1-6 West Region. Jamestown 4-5, 2-4 West Region.