Stout defense lifts Trinity over Ryan in fifth-place game
After losing its opening North Dakota Class B boys basketball state tournament opener in heartbreaking fashion Thursday, Dickinson Trinity was determined to make amends.
Trinity did just that Saturday, holding Bishop Ryan to 37.8 percent shooting from the floor en route to beating the Lions 49-45 for the consolation championship at the MSU Dome in Minot.
“We didn’t play up to our capabilities right away, a lot of that probably had to do with nerves,” Trinity coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “But the resiliency was great. I thought we played a great game (Saturday) on both ends of the floor. Bishop Ryan has a lot of very proficient scorers and I thought we did a very good job against them.”
Trailing 47-42 with 1:13 remaining in the game, Bishop Ryan cut the deficit to two via a Jacob Bohl 3-pointer. The Lions got a stop on the next possession, but couldn’t find a way to tie or take the lead with 25 seconds left.
“We just didn’t make enough plays,” Ryan coach Brock Teets said. “I take my hat off to Dickinson, they just made more plays than we did. Ben (Bohl) had a pretty good look there at the end, but just missed it. It happens, that’s life. How we started the game went a long way in determining the game too.”
Benjamin Bohl had a game-high 15 points for Bishop Ryan, while Jacob Bohl finished with 13.
“Being at state was a great experience,” Teets said. “We have some great young players. Without those young players, we would have never made it here. They played such a big role throughout the season with the amount of injuries we had.
“Our kids grew up this year, and hopefully this leaves a little something inside them to find their way back here.”
Shawn Stoltz and Lucas Jones each had 12 points for Dickinson Trinity, which shot 44.2 percent from the floor.
Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @Garrick_Hodge.