If a loss in Dickinson last Friday did anything to the Blue Jays' confidence, it certainly didn't show Tuesday at Jerry Meyer Arena.
Jamestown High School cruised to an 84-70 victory hosting Bismarck Century. The win puts the Jays at 13-2 overall and 12-2 in the WDA standings.
"We shared the ball well, knocked down shots and we're getting open looks," said Jamestown coach Jacoby Lloyd. "We had to bounce back after our game against Dickinson. Defensively, I thought we looked more locked in -- there were some breakdowns, but that is going to happen in basketball."
The score only favored the Pats for the first seven points of the game. The Jays tallied six unanswered to make it 13-7 Jays. The Pats came within four, but that was as close as the game would come. Century posted a 25-point first half, while the defending state champs recorded 44.
Jacob Hilgemann put up 10 of the team's 84, going 5 of 6 from the field. The JHS junior has posted 75 points for the No. 1 Blue Jays with 30 total field goals. At the hoop, Hilgemann has nabbed 59 rebounds.
"He's an athletic kid," Lloyd said of the 6-foot-2 guard. "It's nice to see him putting it together a little bit more down the stretch. Defensively he makes a difference too. Altering shots as a wing defender is pretty incredible."
While the Jays held the WDA rival to the quarter-century mark in the first, Lloyd added he was hoping his team would bring more of the fire into half No. 2. Century remains fourth in the region with a record of 10-7 overall and 10-6 in the West.
"We got lackadaisical," Lloyd admitted. "We settled into taking tough shots, hardly making passes. In those second halves when we're up 19 you're looking to get hockey assists. You're looking to get an extra pass and we didn't do a great job of that. We were able to sneak out a win."
Ty Monson went a perfect 2 of 2 from the foul line and shot for a lone 3-pointer for five points off the bench. Monson was joined by Shea Carroll and Max Anderson from the Blue Jay bench. Carroll racked up three points and five rebounds. Monson recorded three rebounds while Anderson posted seven points.
"I thought (Monson) and Shea brought a lot of energy off the bench," Lloyd said. "They're just smart basketball players. (Shea) is so coachable and so is Ty. I thought Max Anderson came in and gave us big minutes. He's a good shooter and he's been in a little bit of a slump but I think he's getting out of that now."
The Blue Jays will host Minot on Friday at 7 p.m.
Jamestown 84, Century 70
CEN 25 45 -- 70
JHS 44 40 -- 84
CEN -- Cade Feeney 28, Ryan Erikson 11, Griffen Jensen 10, Ian Ely 9, Anthony Doppler 5, Cody Sorenson 3, Cade Garcia 2, Andrew Leingang 2. Totals: 26 FG, 10-12 FT, 13 fouls. 3-pointers: Erikson 3, Feeney 2, Doppler, Sorenson, Ely.
JHS -- Boden Skunberg 22, Carson Lamp 18, Jacob Hilgemann 10, Keith Levin 9, Brooks Carroll 8, Max Anderson 7, Ty Monson 5, Shea Carroll 3, Matt Anderson 2. Totals: 32 FG, 12-14 FG, 12 fouls. 3-pointers: B. Carroll 2, Skunberg 2, Anderson 2, Lamp, Monson.
Records: Jamestown 13-2, 12-2 West Region. Century 10-7, 10-6 West Region.