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Prep basketball: Blackjacks too much to contain

DOUG WOLTER/DAILY GLOBE Worthington’s Oliver Wolyniec (35) and Marcus Potter defend a Dawson-Boyd player in the backcourt Saturday night. The Trojans lost, 77-50.

WORTHINGTON — The Trojans had no answer for the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks Saturday night.

Not that many teams have.

The Blackjacks, ranked No. 4 in Minnesota Class A, moved to 12-0 on the season as they withstood everything the Worthington Trojans boys basketball team could throw at them on the Trojans’ home court, winning 77-50. The Trojans didn’t wilt, didn’t fold, didn’t stop fighting, but it didn’t matter. Dawson-Boyd was just too good for them, at least on this night.

D-B cousins Joey and Michael Lee — Joey a 6-1 senior guard and Michael a 6-5 junior forward —could not be contained. Joey scored 18 points. Michael scored 26, with 15 rebounds. Their anticipation, their moves, their passes, and most importantly their smooth shooting kept the Blackhawks solidly out in front of the Trojans since midway in the first half.

The Trojans have showed some inconsistency en route to their 5-7 record. And, to be sure, there was some inconsistency Saturday night. Their defense, though inspired at times, showed seepage. Their shooting was off, too. But afterward, head coach Jared Keaveny gave them some credit for fighting all the way to the bitter end.

“I just think we just didn’t make the shots we normally make. We moved the ball well, we had some good looks. Not enough of them went down,” he said.

Indeed, a sub-par shooting night kept Worthington from making any kind of a serious run after falling behind 26-10 with with 7:35 remaining in the first half, and 35-23 at halftime. Dawson-Boyd increased its lead to 44-29 early in the second half before Marcus Potter cut it to 44-32 at 13:09 with a three-pointer at the top of the key. But the Blackjacks calmly increased their lead after that.

Potter, a 6-0 senior guard, led Worthington with 17 points and teammate Will Mulder chipped in with 11. But as a team, Worthington converted only two of 15 three-point tries, and more two-point shots rimmed in and out than the Trojans would care to count.

The Blackjacks hit six threes. They were also 13-of-15 at the free throw line.

“We knocked down enough perimeter shots and I think, defensively, we defended well. We didn’t allow them to get into any sort of rhythm offensively,” explained Dawson-Boyd head coach Cory Larson. “Every time they had a run, we were able to answer with a bucket or a three.”

The 2013-14 season is obviously going well for the Blackhawks despite a late start following a very successful football season. As for the Trojans, Keaveny sought solace where he could find it.

The first-year WHS mentor said he was pleased that his squad committed only 10 turnovers. He also liked the way his players never gave up.

“We continued to battle. We stayed in the game, and we battled to the end,” he said.

Worthington won the B squad game, 43-23.

Dawson-Boyd 35 77

Worthington 23 50

DAWSON-BOYD (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Hansen 2-0-2-8, Stelter 4-0-0-12, J. Lee 0-8-2-18, Collins 0-1-2-4, M. Lee 0-12-2-26, Aafedt 0-2-1-5, Stratmoer 0-0-4-4. Totals 6-23-13-77.

WORTHINGTON (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) — Dudley 0-4-0-8, Grafing 0-1-0-2, Potter 1-5-4-17, Palmer 1-0-0-3, Mulder 0-4-3-11, Wolyniec 0-0-1-1, Lindner 0-2-0-4, Weg 0-1-2-4. Totals 2-17-10-50.

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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