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Midgets Upset Bismarck Century

Feb. 5—DICKINSON — Last Tuesday, the Dickinson Midgets faced a significant moment in their season. They extended a three-week winning streak by defeating the No. 2 team in the Western Dakota Association and the state, Bismarck Century. The Dickinson High gymnasium was lively at halftime, with the Midgets holding a 21-point lead. However, Bismarck Century made a strong comeback in the second half, scoring 43 points to narrow the gap.

In the end, Dickinson High's relentless full-court press and depth in shooters maintained their lead from the first half. The final score was 68-62, leading to applause from the home crowd. Dickinson High's upset victory earned them recognition in the subsequent NDAPSSA Division AA Basketball Polls, highlighting their achievement.

The Midgets started strong, making five 3-pointers in the first half, all by underclassmen. Four players reached double figures by the end of the game. Sophomore Boston Cranston had a notable night, making three shots from 3-point range and scoring a total of 18 points. Senior Damon Glasser had an impressive double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Glasser led the first-half attack with 14 points, frequently driving to the basket. Senior Dante Oyugi added 11 points, with Glasser assisting Oyugi with an easy layup.

The second half was a challenging battle, both mentally and defensively. The Patriots made a strong effort to stage a comeback, narrowing the gap with long-distance shooting and a 9-for-12 performance from the free-throw line. Century's Isaiah Schafer and Drew Kempel scored a total of 39 points, while Garret Nissley made three 3-pointers in the second half.

In the midst of the challenge, senior Owen Bittner played a crucial role, contributing with 5 rebounds, 2 deflections, and 3 steals. Bittner thwarted the opponents and their momentum in the late stages of the game.

Dickinson High's success relies on teamwork rather than a single player. The team's collective effort throughout the season is positioning them well for the upcoming postseason.