MILESTONE MARK: Skunberg surpasses 1,000 points in Midgets win
Milestones are important to some people, but Jamestown High School coach Jacoby Lloyd and Boden Skunberg just wanted to get Saturday's breakthrough over with.
Skunberg became the sixth Blue Jay to surpass 1,000 career points as No. 1-ranked Jamestown defeated Dickinson 101-55 Saturday on the road. The junior guard has 1,001 points after scoring a game-high 28 points in the victory.
"I think we wanted to get it over with was the main thing, so we wouldn't have to focus on it," Lloyd said, whose team plays Bismarck High at home today. "We were hoping it would happen organically, but once we found out he was getting close, we wanted to get that pressure off his shoulders.
"Come the second half, we tried getting him the basketball a little more than we normally do."
Skunberg joins the 1,000-point club of Don Brugman (1,345), Justin Cross (1,309), Steve Koenig (1,166), Paul Anderson (1,119) and Noah Wanzek (1,041). Wanzek, a University of North Dakota football junior wide receiver, was last to break the barrier in 2016.
"It's nice and something you work hard for," Skunberg said. "I thought I might get 1,000 in the state tournament. I don't think too much of it, just go out and do what we do every day. I'm just lucky to get there.
"Noah was a great player and I always looked up to when I was younger," Skunberg added about Wanzek. "It's pretty cool being in the same conversation as him."
If Jamestown plays three games at West Region tournament, Skunberg would need to average 38.2 points per game to break the school record this season. If the Blue Jays play three additional games at the state tournament that average drops to 28.6.
"You never know how the season's going to go," Lloyd said about potentially breaking the record this season. "He's already getting attention from defenses right now and I would assume some more next year."
With 361 total points this winter, Skunberg is also on his way to breaking the most points in a season record set by Anderson (544) in 1980. Skunberg is 183 points away, or between 15-20 points per contest from here on out.
The scoring is a little different than last year when Skunberg tallied 342 total points (14.3 ppg) as a sophomore. Lloyd credits hard work the 6-foot-5 guard put in over the summer in Sioux Falls, S.D.
"It really shows how good of a basketball player he's turned himself into being," Lloyd said. "He puts in countless hours in the gym by himself and that's how you develop as a basketball player.
"If there's any young kids in the community that want to know how to get to 1,000 points, it doesn't just happen in-season. You have to get in the gym by yourself, put in the time and effort."
Jamestown (15-0, 14-0 WDA) returns its attention to Bismarck High (12-4, 11-4 WDA), after today's bout was pushed a week back because of extreme cold around the state. The Blue Jays battled foul trouble back on Dec. 7 against the Demons to grind out a 73-62 victory.
"They're doing some different things and got Canyon Stonecipher back since we played against them," Lloyd said. "He's a huge factor from a offensive and defensive rebounding perspective. He's changed the dynamic of their team, which helps them out."
--Carson Lamp scored a career-high 18 points during the Dickinson contest. The sophomore, who's averaging 4.3 points per game, has scored between 2-8 points in contests this season.
"He just stepped up and made the shots that Dickinson gave us," Lloyd said. "That's what we've been preaching all year long to all our role players. You don't know when your number will be called, but don't just be afraid of the moment when it's your turn."
--Walters recorded his 12th double-double in 15 tries on Saturday. The senior is averaging 21.1 ppg and nearly 12 boards per contest. Mandan's Elijah Klein is next with 11.8 per game.
The 6-foot-7 big man has snagged 68 total offensive rebounds (4.5 per game). Bismarck Century's Stevie Kraljic is next with 56 and Klein has 50.
--Jamestown leads the West Region in four of nine categories. They include points per game (83.6), field goals (58.9 percent), rebounds per game (40.1) and blocks (2.9). The Blue Jays are second in assists per game (15.3) and points allowed (56.9).