The Jamestown High School boys basketball team put up some impressive numbers on the board Tuesday night.
They weren't the numbers head coach Jacoby Llyod discussed with his team in the locker room.
"I think we need to come back to earth and understand the reality that this isn't going to happen every game," Llyod said. "We had a lot of things we need to work on to be a better team."
The Blue Jays pulled off a monstrous 111-64 win over Bismarck Saint Mary's at Jerry Meyer Arena. The Jays improved to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in WDA play. The Saints fell to 0-2 and 0-1 in the West.
"We were playing at a harder pace and our defensive intensity right away at the beginning was very encouraging," Lloyd said. "It was exciting to see how much harder they played as compared to the Valley City game."
Senior Boden Skunberg put up a team-high of 39 points, going 8 of 10 from the 3-point line and boasting a perfect 7 of 7 at the free-throw line. The recent North Dakota State basketball commit also went 4 of 8 in shooting and only recorded one foul on the night. Skunberg is currently the second-leading scorer in Blue Jay basketball history with 1,341 career points. He sits four points away from the record set by Don Brugman (1976-78).
The 6-foot-5 guard is off to a record-breaking season, but the last 111 points the Jays put on the board were a team effort.
Brooks Carroll was the second-leading scorer with 16 buckets shooting for 4 of 4 and recorded a pair of 3s. Carson Lamp was not far behind with his 13. Jacob Hilgemann (7) and Emmanuel Kaphn (6) rounded out the top-five scorers. The team tallied 16 offensive rebounds and 32 on the defensive side of the ball.
"To play in the WDA you have to bring it every single night because every team can beat you," Lloyd said. "That's the fun thing, that's the challenge of playing high school basketball in the West."
While the Jays were in control on the court, Lloyd said the Saints' 31 rebounds were more than he would have liked to see.
"There were too many offensive rebounds given up, too many mental lapses defensively that we need to shore up," Lloyd said. "The one encouraging thing is we shared the basketball a lot better than we did (against Valley City) but we had too many turnovers."
Saint Mary's tried to capitalize on the change in possession. Issac Armstrong tallied 14 points against the Blue Jay offense while Jaxson Wiseman put up 12 and Evan Gross ended with 11.
The Jays will take the floor again on Friday against Bismarck High. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. at BHS.
"Bismarck High is a very, very fast-paced team," Lloyd said. "They've got a lot of players that they put on the court that play basketball at a high level so it's going to be a challenge to our team.
"We have turnover issues and that's their main focus is to create as many turnovers as possible. Something's got to give -- either we're going to continue having turnovers or they're going to have to adjust too. We'll see how it goes."
Jamestown 111, Bismarck St. Mary's 64
BSM 29 35 -- 64
JHS 67 44 -- 111
BSM -- Isaac Armstrong 14, Jaxson Wiseman 12, Evan Gross 11, Drew Dosch 9, Jackson Uhler 5, Jackson Roerick 3, Nick Schumacher 2, Garrett Badar 2, Nathan Fedorchak 2, Thomas Jackson 2, Connor Puetz 2. Totals: 23 FG, 9 3-pointers (Armstrong 2, Gross 3, Dosch 2, Wiseman, Roerick) 9-18 FT, 19 Fouls, 31 Rebounds, 9 Assists, 4 Turnovers, 3 Steals.
JHS -- Boden Skunberg 39, Brooks Carroll 16, Carson Lamp 13, Jacob Hilgemann 7, Emmanuel 6, Matt Anderson 6, Carson Kidd 6, Shea Carroll 4, Kade Schumacher 2, Keith Levin 4, Darynt Carroll 3. Totals: 41-67 FG, 14-25 3-pointers (Skunberg 8, B. Carrol 2, Kidd, Max Anderson, Hilgemann, D. Carroll), 48 Rebounds (Lamp 6, Matt Anderson 6), 17 Fouls, 17 Assists (Lamp 6), 4 Turnovers, 5 Blocks (Levin 3), 1 Steal (Hilgemann).
Records: Jamestown 2-0, 1-0 West Region. St. Mary's 0-2, 0-1.