The Jamestown traveling road show added another notch to its belt on Tuesday night.
Unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the state, the Blue Jays defeated Mandan 70-53 for their latest impressive away victory. Jamestown already has wins in Bismarck over Century and Bismarck High this season.
Are the Jays concerned with such things? Ah, no.
“It’s just another game on the schedule. Another game we had to come out and win,” said senior point guard Jared Kallenbach. “These games are fun. Mandan is good. It’s not an easy place to play but we’re just enjoying every time we get to play together and trying to make every game count.”
It’s nine up and nine down so far, but nothing more than that.
“We’re not worried about any of that stuff. Honestly, we don’t really care,” Kallenbach said. “We just want to stay focused every day, try to get better and if we do that, things will take care of themselves.”
The Braves, who came in ranked fourth in the state, made the Jays earn it.
Down just two at halftime, Elijah Klein’s power move inside gave the home team a 44-43 lead five minutes into the second half.
But the next 15 points all belonged to the Blue Jays, six coming on a pair of 3-pointers from Kallenbach.
“They’re really good. Offensively, they have a lot of players that can hurt you, but I thought they turned up their defensive pressure in the second half and we struggled with that,” Mandan coach Brandon Schafer said. “Our kids were trying, the shots just weren’t falling. I thought we kept battling but give them credit. They’re the No. 2 team in the state for a reason.”
Skunberg led three Blue Jays in double figures with 18 points. Kallenbach -- headed to MSU-Moorhead to play NCAA Division II football for the Dragons -- finished with 17 points. Mason Walters added 16.
“We’ve worked really hard for this. We’ve all put a lot of time in,” Kallenbach said. “We have high expectations. So far, so good.”
Klein topped the 6-4 Braves with 14 points. Keshawn Laframboise added 10. Mandan hosts Watford City on Saturday.
“We love this team. This team has heart, we just have some things we need to clean up on both ends of the floor,” Schafer said. “We’re only one-third of the way through the season. We’re not where we need to be, obviously, but we’re going to get there. I’m very confident of that.”