Midgets conclude regular season, look to west region tournament

Feb. 23—DICKINSON — The Dickinson Midgets boys basketball team concluded the regular season with an 8-8 conference record after losing to the Jamestown Blue Jays at home on Tuesday, Feb. 20. Although the Midgets dominated the second half with a 44-40 point run, they couldn't overcome the Blue Jays, who secured an 83-79 victory.

The night began with the Midgets celebrating four of their athletes for senior night, symbolizing the tenacious drive of the team and the embodiment of resilience taught by their teachers. Head coach Dan Glasser was tasked with describing his senior class in one word, and after a moment of reflection, he chose "tremendous."

"In every aspect; people, players, students," Glasser said. "If you have younger kids, they are the people that you want them to emulate. It is great that our community and our program were able to have them for the time that we did."

Boston Cranston led DHS with 23 points on the night, emerging as their top scorer. He kicked off the scoring with a 3-pointer, granting them an early lead. However, Jamestown quickly gained momentum and began to pull ahead. The Blue Jays showcased a dominant presence in the paint, amassing 40 points from inside. Their exceptional rebounding facilitated 13 putback points. Both teams managed to score 17 points from the free-throw line.

At the end of the first half, the Midgets found themselves trailing by 8 points, prompting them to enter the locker rooms with a hunger for more and a determination to communicate their aspirations. In the second half, they gradually clawed their way back to take the lead. In the final four minutes of the game, both teams exchanged shots as the tension mounted.

Dickinson's performance was exceptional, highlighted by their proficiency in shooting from behind the arc, with 10 successful shots. Additionally, four athletes achieved double figures in scoring. Nolan Weidner came close to joining the double-digit club, contributing 9 points, all of which were scored from 3-point territory.

Senior Damon Glasser showcased his tenacity with 17 points in the game, leading the Midgets with 7 rebounds. Meanwhile, his younger brother Dylan contributed 12 points, displaying near perfection from the free-throw line, making 7 out of 8 attempts. Dylan's exceptional shooting from the charity stripe briefly propelled the team into the lead in the second half, as he went 2-for-2 to make it 59-58.

Dante Oyugi contributed 14 points for his team, demonstrating his ability to score difficult shots and showcasing great versatility by scoring from various positions on the court. Owen Bittner, despite scoring only two points, played a crucial role by creating open scoring opportunities for his teammates, assisting on 3 shots. Thomas Freer, who started the game, played several minutes and attempted a 3-pointer, although it didn't find its mark. Despite not adding to the score in points, Freer supported his team tirelessly, illustrating the leadership qualities of this senior class.

"I am just extremely proud of them. They have taken this group of young players and really taught them what it takes to be successful on and off the court and honestly they are four of the best leaders that have come out of this program and that is saying a lot because there have been some great guys that graduated from here."

The Dickinson boys will travel to Bismarck for the West Region Tournament, where they will compete against the No. 4 seeded Mandan in the quarterfinals. As the No. 5 seeded team, the game is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 29.