If there was any doubt that the Jamestown High School boys basketball team could get the win Friday night, it didn't last.
"Our guys are getting it now," JHS coach Jacoby Lloyd said. "They're picking things up and they know what to do to be successful, day in and day, out and it just takes them a little bit of time."
The Blue Jays tallied their 14th overall win with a 93-84 victory over the Magicians Friday night at Jerry Meyer Arena. The No. 1-ranked Blue Jays now sit at 14-2 and 13-2 in the West Region standings. Minot sits third in the WDA at 11-6 and holds a 12-6 overall record.
Having previously topped the Blue Jays 71-64 on Dec. 28 in Minot, JHS was expecting a battle on their home court. The team's loss to the Magicians ended the Blue Jays' perfect 32-game winning streak.
"This game was very reminiscent of our game up in Minot, we just didn't dig ourselves an 18-point hole," Lloyd said. "In Minot, we came out and just played full court just as hard as we could and that's what we did the second half. When we are playing fast and hard like that we are a really good team."
The "really good team" just took a half to warm up.
Minot was in control for a majority of the first half with senior Jaxon Gunville sinking four 3-pointers. The 6-foot-1 guard also drained nine from the foul line for a game total of 37 points. Darik Dissette chipped in 14, knocking down 4 of 5 from the line and a pair outside the arc. Minot ended the first half leading 45-38.
"We've had that issue all year with underclassmen that they are not self-starters right away," Lloyd said. "Seniors, they are ready to go. Juniors, they take a little kick in the butt and that's kind of what happened at halftime."
The Jays rifled off a 36-10 run to start the second half. Senior Boden Skunberg led JHS in scoring for a second straight game with 40 points. The North Dakota State University commit sank six of the team's 12 3-pointers and converted 16 of 17 from the foul line. Gunville was forced to leave the game early, tallying five personal fouls.
Lloyd said he thought a defensive adjustment in half No. 2 helped the Blue Jays out-defend and outshoot the Magicians.
"Putting Jacob Hilgemann on (Deonte) Martinez kind of helped us out a ton," Lloyd said. "Martinez is a really, really talented basketball player and he's super fast but Jacob Hilgemann is an incredible athlete.
"I hope he goes out for track, too, because running up and down the court with him is not an easy feat and he did a really good job."
Hilgemann scored eight points, going a perfect 4 of 4 from inside the arc. Brooks Carroll also got his feet set to knock down four 3s.
"It's nice to see him kind of coming out of a slump," Lloyd said of Carroll. "He made some 3s against Century on Tuesday and it translated here and he's gaining more confidence. He's a difference-maker."
The Jays will host Watford City in a Jan. 17 make-up game today (Saturday). The girls' will begin play at 2:45 p.m., with the boys to follow at 4:30.
Jamestown 93, Minot 84
JHS 38 55-- 93
MIN 45 39 -- 84
JHS -- Boden Skunberg 40, Carson Lamp 16, Brooks Carroll 14, Jacob Hilgemann 8, Keith Levin 8, Matt Anderson 4, Max Anderson 3. Totals: 29 FG, 23-33 FT, 16 fouls. 3-pointers: Skunberg 6, Carroll 4, Max Anderson, Lamp.
MIN -- Jaxon Gunville 37, Darik Dissette 14, Caden Johnson 9, Easton Larson 8, Derry Lentz 5, Deonte Martinez 4, Tucker Olson 4, Kade Butz 3. Totals: 31 FG, 14-15 FT, 22 fouls (Gunville). 3-pointers: Gunville 4, Dissette 2, Lentz, Butz.
Records: Jamestown 14-2, 13-2 West Region. Minot 12-6, 11-6 West Region.