Saturday gave Carson Lamp some more good footage for his college recruitment tapes.
"Today's Carson is the Carson that I am used to seeing," Jamestown High School boys basketball coach Jacoby Lloyd said. "When Carson is playing well we're a really good team."
The 6-foot senior guard helped the Jamestown High School basketball team to an 86-55 win over Dickinson at Jerry Meyer Arena. The win was the team's second of the weekend having beaten Williston 91-40 Friday night. After the 2-0 weekend, the Jays stand at 5-2 while the Midgets dropped to 3-3.
Bismarck High and Minot, both 6-1, are currently leading the WDA. The Jays are slated to travel to Mandan on Tuesday. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Lamp commanded the scoring category from the opening tipoff draining two long-range 3-pointers to rack up the first six points of the game. The Jays rolled with Lamp's hot hand and swung the ball out to Lamp on the perimeter twice more. Lamp drained both 3s with ease extending the Jays' lead to 15.
Lamp's mad scoring ability has become the norm for the Jays. The senior has led his team in total points in six of the team's seven games, averaging more than 18 per game. The senior has recorded the fifth-most points in the WDA with 116.
With just under four minutes to play in the first half, Lamp had just made his fifth basket when a huge hit from a Dickinson defender knocked the senior flat on his back. Much to the surprise of Lamp, the referee made no foul call -- leaving Lamp with no other option than to get up and sprint to the opposite end of the court.
That tough-nosed mentality is just what the Jays have come to expect from Lamp.
"He took the shots that we there, crashed when he got offensive rebounds, slashed on reversals and not to say that he wasn't doing it beforehand, but he did a better job today of recognizing when to drive, when to shoot and when to pass," Lloyd said. "That is crucial in basketball."
The big hit on Lamp catalyzed a 5-0 scoring run by the Dickinson, cutting the Jays' lead to a mere 19. Dickinson was led by the WDA's fourth-leading scorer, Alex Dvorak, who shot for 21 points. Mason Ellingford and Jayden Hocker were also effective in making the Jays start to bobble the ball.
A few bobbles and missed passes could not stop Lamp's and the Jays' momentum. The team ended the first with buckets from Brooks Carroll and Devin Beach to make it a 46-25 game at the half.
The Midgets didn't put up a lot of points in the second half but they did their best to foul the Jays and posed an aggressive defense. DHS collected nine fouls in the second half, forcing the Jays to the line. The Blue Jays converted on 13 of their 21 foul shots while the visitors shot 74% from the line.
The aggressive Dickinson defense took Shea Carroll out of the game for a brief stint after the senior sustained a hit from a Dickinson defender. While the senior guard was on the bench for the rest of regulation, the Jays' 30-point lead gave the Jays a nice cushion headed into the final eight minutes.
The Jays had 11 of their 15 rostered athletes score in Saturday's tilt.
"We're finally starting to play together a little bit more and figuring things out," Lamp said. "Every game has been getting better and today we really showed that."
Hopefully, for Lamp, the college scouts have noticed the senior's strides.
A college scout from Concordia College made the trip from Moorhead Friday night to watch Lamp's 13 point performance in the Jamestown-Williston tilt. The senior has attracted attention from the University of Mary and Valley City State University.
At this time Lamp has not made any final decisions regarding his collegiate career but instead has his eyes set on the team's next game.
Lloyd said he and the other Blue Jay coaches have been working to nail down a consistent eight or nine who can take the floor and gel as an offensive set. Lloyd said he thought his team took some strides on the offensive side of the ball against the Midgets.
"Offensively I think we shared the ball, we were genuinely excited for each other on the court and were looking to shoot the shot that we had when we were open. I was excited about the way we played defensively and offensively."
The Jays will have to continue to make strides come Tuesday at the Braves' home venue.
"Mandan is a tough team," Lloyd said. "They just reload every year. We're going to have our hands full on the road."
Jamestown 86, Dickinson 55
DHS 25 30 -- 55
JHS 46 40 -- 86
WIL -- Dvorak 21, Ellingford 9, Hocker 7, Kyle Brilz 5, Grant Bittner 4, Remington Schatz 3, Britton Cranston 2, Carson Weiler 2, Cooper Hughes 2. Totals: 18 FG, 14-19 FT, 18 fouls. 3-pointers: Dvorak 2, Schatz 1, Hocker 1, Ellingford 1.
JHS -- Lamp 23, Brooks Carroll 15, Shea Carroll 13, Devin Beach 7, Jacob Hilgemann 7, Keith Levin 6, Luke Van Berkom 5, Adam Kallenbach 5, Dan Ulrich 2, Ty Monson 2, Kade Schumacher 1. Totals: 30 FG, 13-21 FT, 18 fouls. 3-pointers: Lamp 5, S. Carroll 3, B. Carroll 2, Kallenbach 1, Beach 1, Hilgemann 1.
Records: Jamestown 5-2, 5-2 West Region. Dickinson 3-3, 3-3 West Region.