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Dickinson thumps Wolves

Posted 12/29/15 (Tue)

By Neal A. Shipman
Farmer Editor

It could be a few more years before Watford City makes the move to Class A basketball. But, if Tuesday’s match-up against Dickinson High was any indication, Watford City’s boys basketball team has some work to do when they transition up a class.
The Wolves were completely dominated by the Midgets as Dickinson High thumped a young and inexperienced Watford City team, 112-60.
The Midgets jumped out to a decisive 63-26 first half lead and never looked back en route to the easy win.
“Playing our first Class A team in years we found out what it was all about and realized that we are a long ways away from being able to compete at the next level,” stated Randy Cranston, Wolves’ head coach. “They were just flat out bigger, stronger and faster than us at all positions.”
Cole McGorman had the hot hand for the Wolves as he netted a team-high 24 points, including five three-pointers, while Seth Indergard joined him in double figures with 17 points, including one three-pointer.
Rounding out the scoring for the Wolves was Jaydn Ewing with eight points, Korbin Knutson, Nevada Berquist, Kason Hartel, Matt Neprash, and Heath Chaffin with two points each and Jessen Homiston with one point.
But even though the Wolves took a severe thumping at the hands of the Midgets, Cranston did see a plus side to the loss.
“We are a young team and this should be an eye-opener that it takes time in the gym and the weight room to reach their full potential.”
Following Tuesday’s loss, Cranston said that the coaches reassured his young team that they have time to be just as good or better than Dickinson High.
“But nonetheless, giving up that many points shouldn’t happen,” stated Cranston. “We’re going into the Christmas break realizing that there are a lot of things we still need and will need to work on. Becoming bigger, stronger, faster and putting more time in the gym will be a definite New Year’s Resolution for all, including the coaches.”
Rounding out the scoring for the Wolves was Jaydn Ewing with eight points, Korbin Knutson, Nevada Berquist, Kason Hartel, Matt Neprash, and Heath Chaffin with two points each and Jessen Homiston with one point.
With the loss, the Wolves’ season record fell to 1-3. Watford City, and the Wolves are hoping to get back in the winning column when they travel to Bowman on Jan. 2.
Watford City             26        60
Dickinson High        63        112