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JHS boys pull away from Saints

Logan Anderson went from a scorer to a steady all-around player during Jamestown's run to state in 2014-15. This season, he knows he has to add a little more punch to his scoring ability. The 6-foot-2 senior forward scored 21 points, assisting al...

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Logan Anderson went from a scorer to a steady all-around player during Jamestown's run to state in 2014-15.

This season, he knows he has to add a little more punch to his scoring ability.

The 6-foot-2 senior forward scored 21 points, assisting all-stater Noah Wanzek's 23 points and 18 rebounds as the Blue Jays held off Bismarck St. Mary's 75-62 in West Region boys basketball play Friday at Jerry Meyer Arena.

"I'm taking better shots and getting better opportunities," said Anderson about his improved offense. "I've got to step up scoring."

Anderson finished 8 of 14 from the field including 8 of 11 from inside the arc. Jamestown shot 28 of 63 as a team for 44 percent.

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"Logan's shot selection has improved," said father and head coach Luke Anderson. "He's got a good mid-range game, and he's having success shooting off the glass."

Anderson proved to be a good secondary option in the Blue Jays' attack behind Wanzek, who had another monster outing. His totals were game-highs, going 9-of-15 from the floor. His six rebounds on the offensive glass were part of a 21-board effort on that end of the floor for Jamestown.

Jamestown out-rebounded the Saints 53-26 overall, with the Blue Jays winning second-chance points 16-3-the margin of victory.

"We've put a lot of effort into improving on the glass," Luke Anderson said. "That's been a main focus for us."

St. Mary's received 25 points from its bench, most coming from Cole Gendreau, who tallied 20 in the loss. Still, doing well in other areas still wasn't enough to overcome such a disparity on the boards. Not having standout forward Casey Uhler (ankle injury) didn't help, either.

"You can't give up that many offensive rebounds in this league and win," Dekok said.

Senior guard Tanner Lunzman finished with 10 and Ben Hanson added eight for Jamestown, which held a 36-23 edge at halftime but let the Saints cut it to seven (60-53) with less than 5 minutes to play.

"We didn't take care of the ball," Logan Anderson said, "but they're a scrappy team. I have a lot of respect for them."

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Jamestown answered with a 10-2 run that spanned more than two minutes. Lunzman had four points during the run, which held St. Mary's at bay the rest of the way.

It was the first win of the season for the Blue Jays (1-2), who visit Mandan on Thursday.

Jamestown 75, Bismarck St. Mary's 62

St. Mary's: Cole Gendreau 20, James Schmidt 13, Sam Wilke 11, Zach Wanner 7, Noah Kopp 4, John Nordberg 3, Nathan Schumacher 2, Matthew Guenther 2. Totals 23-52 9-18 62.

Jamestown: Noah Wanzek 23, Logan Anderson 21, Tanner Lunzman 10, Ben Hanson 8, Jake Reuther 5, Andrew Hornung 5, Josh Schulz 3. Totals 28-63 16-30 75.

Halftime: Jamestown 34-23. 3-pointers: StM 7-21 (Gendreau 4, Wilke, Nordberg, Schmidt). J 3-14 (Reuther, Schulz, Hornung). Rebounds: J 53 (Wanzek 18, Lunzman 7), StM 26 (Schmidt 9). Assists: StM 11 (Schumacher 3), J 14 (Wanzek 5, Lunzman 4, Schulz 4). Fouls: StM 25, J 18. Fouled out: StM, Wanner, Wilke. Turnovers: StM 11, J 16.

Records: St. Mary's 0-2 West Region, 0-2 overall. Jamestown 1-2, 1-2.

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