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Scooter Pursley / Special to Forum News Service, Published January 05 2013

Dickinson Trinity tips Oak Grove

BISMARCK – A midseason matchup between two top-five basketball teams is a big deal.

Third-ranked Dickinson Trinity took charge in the second quarter Saturday and cruised to an easy 71-55 win over No. 4 Fargo Oak Grove at the Shiloh Christian New Year’s Invitational.

Four Trinity players reached double figures, led by Jacob Volk’s 21-point, seven-rebound effort.

The Titans opened the tournament on Friday with a 75-38 win over previously unbeaten Minot Our Redeemer’s. They closed the weekend by scoring on 12 of their last 16 possessions to improve to 10-0.

According to the parties involved, Saturday’s game meant … nothing.

”It was just a fun, competitive game that didn’t really mean anything,” Volk said. “It wasn’t a region game, so it was just fun to come out and play.”

Oak Grove’s Jordan Funfar had fun early on. The senior guard had eight points in the first two minutes as the Grovers took an 8-0 lead. But he didn’t score another point.

Trinity stormed back behind Volk to tie the game at 17-17 after one quarter. Volk had 14 of his 21 points in the first half.

Oak Grove coach Kyle Card said his team’s fast start probably didn’t help.

”Much as it’s hard to believe, those three threes at the start of the game hurt us, because we started to settle for threes and not attack the basket,” Card said.

Oak Grove finished 8-for-23 from 3-point range and shot just 36 percent from the field.

Trinity’s Jesse Kubik, a 6-foot-7 senior post, and 6-3 senior post Isiah Binstock took control for long stretches. Kubik finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He had six of the Titans’ 13 offensive rebounds. Binstock had 18 points and nine rebounds.

Tyler Christianson led Oak Grove with 10 points.

DT 17 29 46 71

OG 17 21 36 55

DT: Volk 21, Binstock 18, Gordon 13, Kubik 11, Good 6, Heiser 2.

OG: Christianson 10, Kretchman 9, Funfar 8, Adams 6, Berg 5, Conant 5, Olson 5, Card 4, Widmer 3.