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Jamestown's Boden Skunberg goes to the basket over Century's Josh Sipes Thursday at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun1 / 2
Jamestown's Ryder Lunzman moves the ball around Century's Cade Feeney Thursday at Jerry Meyer Arena. John M. Steiner / The Sun2 / 2

Bismarck Century highlighted the complete package during a close 80-71 victory over Jamestown High School Thursday night at Jerry Meyer Arena.

The Patriots, who consist of a dozen 6-footers, hit eight 3-pointers, scored 18 baskets inside, made 20 of 23 free throws, grabbed 32 rebounds -- 16 offensive -- and made key plays down the stretch.

After all of that, Bismarck Century is on the outside looking in on the Class A state rankings.

“It’s a very competitive league this year and it’s a lot different than last year,” said 6-1 senior guard Kade Lynch, who finished tied with teammate Josh Sipes for a team-high 21 points. “We’ve noticed it and it means you have to work harder in practice and our coach has been pushing us and that’s what we need.”

The Patriots have only lost two games all season to No. 1-ranked Bismarck High and No. 3 Mandan.

Century got off to a hot start in the first half going on a 10-2 run to open up a seven-point lead. The lead increased to 14 points after junior Treyton Mattern hit a shot while taking contact and added a free throw at the stripe.

Jamestown got the lead down to 10 points after a 3-pointer by Bryan Mosolf, but Snipes countered with a layup three seconds before the halftime buzzer sounded.

“First half we did not rebound nearly as well as we should have,” said first-year Blue Jays coach Jacoby Lloyd.

The Blue Jays battled back behind steller play from their own 6-foot stars, sophomore Boden Skunberg and junior Mason Walters.

Walters got his own rebound after a missed free throw to get the and-one. After making the freebie from the stripe, Jamestown only trailed by seven points.

After Lynch and Walters traded baskets, Skunberg hit a 3-pointer and got his own put-back to get the Blue Jays deficit down to four points.

“We battled back into the game,” Lloyd said. “We learned a lot about ourselves in this game. There’s some certain things we can go with to be successful. Boden was putting the team on his back down the stretch, making some plays he’s definitely capable of doing.”

The Patriots began to make plays down the stretch to pull out to a nine-point lead forcing Jamestown to foul.

Lynch, Snipes and Mattern were the only Century players to score in double figures. Four other players combined for 23 points.

“They were as good as advertised and what I expected,” Lloyd said. “Snipes is a monster, their guards don’t make mistakes and you can’t give them any openings or they’ll make you pay.”

Horgan, Skunberg and Walters combined for 59 points but nobody else could get going for the Blue Jays.

Jamestown gets the weekend off before traveling to Bismarck St. Mary’s on Tuesday.

“They’re as dangerous as any team if they get hot,” Lloyd said. “You have to defend all five guys on the court and keep them out of the lane.”

Bismarck Century 80, Jamestown 71.BIS 33 47 -- 80JAM 21 50 -- 71BIS -- Kade Lynch 21, Josh Snipes 21, Treyton matterson 15, Tyler Hauglie 5, Cade Feeney 5, Kade Amundson 7. Totals: 26-54 FG, 8-18 3-PT, 20-23 FT, 32 Rebounds, 8 Turnovers. JAM -- Boden Skunberg 26, John Horgan 17, Mason Walters 16, Dawson Douty 4, Bryan Mosolf 3, Jared Kallenbach 4, Noah Wegenast 1. Totals: 25-52 FG, 7-16 3-PT, 14-21 FT, 25 Rebounds, 9 Turnovers. Records: Bismarck 10-0, 11-2. Jamestown 4-5, 6-6.
Mitchell Johnson

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