After a solid - and at times dazzling - performance in the 67-47 thumping Minot High put on Dickinson Saturday at Magic City Campus, Magicians reserve forward Braydon Lund may have carved himself a nice chunk of regular playing time.
With senior starter Kolton Larson in early foul trouble, Lund came off the bench and made an immediate statement.
On his first offensive touch, he took a power dribble, turned and finished forcefully off the glass over Dickinson's 6-foot-3 senior center Luke Herauf.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound sophomore finished with 12 points (on 5-of-6 shooting) and five boards in nearly 18 minutes off the bench. In true reserve fashion, he said he's just trying to secure playing time.
"Whatever the coach asks, whether it be size, playing defense or getting offensive boards, I'm gonna do whatever he asks," Lund said.
Lund chipped in an easy putback during an eight-point spurt that gave Minot a 24-16 halftime lead. Larson had plenty to say about his backup.
"We know that he's a great player and he's gonna be a major factor, even right now and as the season progresses," he said. "He's such a big athlete. He can get up in the air and get rebounds for us and he's a great defender. He just brings a lot of energy for us off the bench. It's nice knowing that you have a big guy like that, especially a sophomore for that matter, being able to fill in and compete for us."
Larson (6-2), Lund and senior center Colter Hustad (6-5) played together during the second half, something that brought a big grin to the youngest of the bunch.
"It's fun," Lund said. "It helps me kind of space my game out a little bit. It helped me get my other teammates involved. It's just a good feeling playing with those guys. I look up to them a lot."
Minot (3-1 overall, 2-1 West Region) ballooned its lead to double digits during a 9-0 run early in the second half, which included a four-point play by sophomore Ben Bolinske and three free throws from junior Nick Soltis.
Minot made 23 of 55 shots, including 20 of 35 inside the arc. Hustad posted a team-high 14 points and seven boards, while Larson chipped in 12 points.
Herauf led the Midgets (0-3, 0-2) with 19 points, followed by Mark Erickson with 14.
Minot hosts West Fargo on Friday.