By Colton Hall
Jalen Guidry played his best basketball of the season, and he couldn’t have done it at a better time.
The Presentation College Saints Men’s basketball team broke its record for most wins in a season with a 79-67 win over Dakota State University in the first round of the North Starr Athletic Association Conference Tournament.
Guidry came through for the Saints as the junior from Denver, Colorado scored 15 points, had 10 assists and also stole the ball six times as he helped bring the Saints to their 21st win of the season.
“I have to give credit to my teammates,” Guidry said. “They put pressure on the passes, and I was able to come away with the steals.”
Guidry’s prowess on the defensive end kept the Saints in the game until the offense got going.
“Jalen was fantastic tonight,” head coach Jeremey Reigle said. “He played his best basketball game of the year on both ends of the court. His athleticism, quickness, and IQ were on display with how he was in the passing lanes tonight.”
At the beginning, Dakota State’s Carson Rentz gave the Saints problems as he hit two quick 3-pointers that had the Saints reeling. Rentz didn’t stay hot for long.
In fact, those were the only two threes that Rentz hit the entire game as the Saints only allowed one more bucket from the freshman guard.
“He’s a really good shooter,” Reigle said of Rentz. “He went off on us a couple times when we played them before, so we really needed to clamp down on him down the stretch.”
The Saints battled back and tie the game at 15 thanks to senior Quadre Lollis. Lollis led the Saints with 22 points.
The Saints wouldn’t trail the rest of the game.
It all started with a Vincent Eugene lay-up, as the Saints went go on a 6-0 run after Lollis tied the game up.
The Saints maintained their lead going into halftime up 38-32. The Trojans wouldn’t stay down though.
The Trojans slowly chipped away, led by Justin Folkers who had a game high 25 points for Dakota State. The Trojans surged until the Saint’s lead was down to one.
That’s when Sean Schuring showed up.
Schuring grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a three that got the Saints rolling again. The Saints collectively began to score and didn’t look back.
“Our team has thrived and done a great job off of playing hard,” Reigle said. “Offensive rebounds, effort plays, we thrive off plays like that, and Sean Schuring did a great job of that. When we play unselfish hard basketball, we can be a pretty good team.”
Offensive rebounds were another reason PC was able to pull away. The Saints grabbed 14 offensive boards as opposed to only two for the Trojans.
“We stress that rebounds can make or break or game,” Reigle said. “That’s become part of our offense where we miss a shot and go get the rebound to give ourselves another chance. We’ve done a great job of buying in and capitalizing on rebounding.”
The Saints will now go on to the Final Four of the NSAA tournament in Watertown where they will play Mayville State University at the Watertown Civic Arena with tip off coming at 8 pm.
Presentation College 79
Dakota State University 67
NSAA Tournament at Strode Center.
Dakota Sate 32 35 — 67
Presentation 38 41 — 79
DAKOTA STATE (9-22, 4-11 NSAA): Justin Folkers 11-16 2-2 25, Josh McGreal 5-9 0-0 12, Brady Elder 3-8 0-0 6, Brady Van Holland 2-3 1-5 6, Carson Rentz 2-7 0-0 6, Will Parry 0-0 0-0 0, Anthony Costello 6-9 0-0 12, Cody Muilenburg 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-52 3-7 67.
PRESENTATION (21-9, 12-3 NSAA): Devonta Brooks 4-6 0-2 8, Quadre Lollis 11-17 0-0 22, Mychal Deas 2-9 2-2 8, Jalen Guidry 7-12 1-2 15, Vincent Eugene 4-8 2-2 10, Sean Schuring 1-5 0-0 3, Elijah Coleman 2-8 2-2 7, Damien Luna 0-1 0-0 0, Ange-Michel Kuo 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 34-69 7-10 79.
3-pt FG — DSU 6-15 (Folkers 1-2, McGreal 2-3, Elder 0-3, Van Holland 1-1, Rentz 2-6); PC 4-19 (Brooks 0-1, Lollis 0-1, Deas 2-7, Guidry 0-1, Schuring 1-4, Coleman 1-4, Luna 0-1). Fouls — DSU 8; PC 10. Fouled out — None. Rebounds — DSU 20 (Folkers 7, Van Holland 4); PC 34 (Deas 8, Lollis 5, Brooks 5, Coleman 5). Assists — DSU 23 (Elder 11, Van Holland 8); PC 16 (Guidry 10). Turnovers — DSU 13; PC 10. Blocks — DSU 4 (Costello 3, Folkers); PC 1 (Lollis). Steals — DSU 6 (Elder 2, Van Holland 2); PC 10 (Guidry 6).