Tetons at Bismarck State Men’s Basketball Pre-Game Primer
The Williston State Tetons Men's Basketball team is on the road to the state capital to take on the Bismarck State College Mystics tonight in a Mon-Dak Conference battle.
The second game of the Teton-Mystic double header will tip off at 7:30 pm CST.
The men's teams for the Tetons and the Mystics also got a good look at each other in New Town during the pre-season tournament. In that game the Tetons led by five at the break, before being outscored 44-28 in the second half to drop the game by the final of 82-71.
Bismarck State, who comes into the season with a 5-10 overall record and 3-6 in the Mon-Dak is looking to bounce back from a conference loss to Bottineau last Sunday. The Mystics are in 5th place in the Mon-Dak, with a two game lead over Williston State
BSC is scoring 79 points per game on the season, while shooting 47.7% from the field and 37.3% from deep.
Jaden Hamilton leads the team in scoring with 14.7 points per game, with Deonte` Martinez (13.3 ppg), and Anthony Bertucci (11.1 ppg) also averaging double digits.
Williston State comes into the season with a 2-13 record overall in the season an 1-8 in the Mon-Dak Conference. The Tetons are averaging 62.1 points per game this season while shooting 38.2% from the field and 26.3% from the perimeter.
The Tetons are led in scoring by Shaheed Muhammad with 18.8 points per game, with Abiodun Adedo (13.2 ppg) also scoring in double figures.
Three Things to Watch for:
1. 3-Pointers: The last two games for the Tetons have saw them attempt more 3-pointers than 2-pointers throughout the game. The home loss to Lake Region saw some glimmers of shots starting to drop from the perimeter, which will hopefully continue to trend upwards against Bismarck
2. Between The Ears: During the pre-season tournament down in New Town, tensions rose several time for the Mystics which not only threw off their rhythm but occasionally resulted in technical fouls being assessed. The boiling over resulted in technical free throws and losses of possessions, something Williston State looking to avoid.
3. Catching Fire: As the Teton defense has continued to improve throughout the year, it has been able to clamp down on a team's first or second option. But, seemingly all year long it has been someone else for the opponents that has gotten hot. Williston State has been waiting for one of their own as well to turn up the heat, to take pressure off of Muhammad and allow him to cook.
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