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Press Photo by Dustin Monke Bowman County junior John Yale, left, battles for the ball against Richardton-Taylor senior Ryder Bohlman on Thursday during the semifinals of 42nd annual Roughrider boys basketball tournament at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

Hearty effort helps Bulldogs beat Richardton-Taylor

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An offensive outburst at the end of the first half and hearty play down the stretch Thursday night helped Bowman County get back into the Roughrider boys basketball tournament championship game.

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The Bulldogs went on a 17-2 run in the final 5 minutes of the second quarter and got big play from the Fischer brothers in the post in the fourth quarter to seal their semifinal victory over Richardton-Taylor 72-62 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

"It wasn't pretty, but that's the goal is to play the big game Saturday night," Bowman County head coach Steve Shahan said.

Bowman County did what it had to do to reach the title game. It scored points off turnovers and in transition.

Colter Braaten hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final minute of the first half to cap the Bulldogs' run that put them up 42-28 at halftime.

"I told the guys, we've got to play for 32 minutes and we didn't play for two of those and that's what cost us the game," Raiders head coach Rob Bartz said.

Tanner Fischer, Brandon Fischer and Mike Palczewski found ways to manufacture points inside and on the break.

Braaten added 17 points, six assists and four rebounds. Brandon Fischer had 14 points and five boards and Palczewski had 11 points and three steals.

Tanner Fisher, however, led the Bulldogs (3-1) with 19 points and seven rebounds. The junior forward said the Bulldogs aren't where they want to be yet.

"I think we have a lot more potential than we're showing," he said. "We have spots where we do really good and we have spots where we're doing pretty poorly I guess."

The biggest area Tanner Fischer was referring to was defense, where Bowman County gave up easy jumpers to the Raiders (3-2). It allowed Richardton-Taylor to stay in the game longer than Shahan wanted.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs' first-year head coach, he had Tanner Fischer to right the ship.

"He had a stretch there at the end where he was on the floor at least three times for jump balls, he hit a couple big baskets, he assisted a few baskets. He took over the game," Shahan said. "The defense really wasn't there. We were taking a lot of silly gambles and we weren't boxing out as well as we should have but Tanner bailed us out."

Richardton-Taylor kept pace early, leading 19-16 after one quarter and playing the Bulldogs close in the second half.

Lane Voltz had 17 points, five assists and four rebounds to lead the Raiders. Ryder Bohlman added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

The Bulldogs play No. 4-ranked Dickinson Trinity for the tournament title at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. They haven't played for the Roughrider title since 2009, when they lost to the Titans.

"It'll be a great opportunity to come here with a loud crowd, in Trinity's gym and play an amazing opponent," Shahan said. "Obviously, they're ranked high in the state for a reason."

RT 19 28 42 62

BC 16 42 49 72

RT: Lane Voltz 17, Ryder Bohlman 12, Chad Gullickson 8, Paul Koppinger 7, Cade Kuntz 6, Coal Kuntz 3, Spencer Floberg 3, Johnathon Olson 2, Kasey Dressler 2, Trystan Fisher 2.

BC: Tanner Fischer 19, Colter Braaten 17, Brandon Fischer 14, Michael Palczewski 11, Brandon Orcutt 5, Dan Freitag 3, Bondon Scott 2, Chance Moran 1.

3-pointers: RT 8 (Voltz 3, Bohlman 2, Koppinger 1, Co. Kuntz 1), BC 5 (Co. Braaten 3, Palczewski 1, Freitag 1).

Free throws: RT 0-0, BC 13-19. Total fouls: RT 16, BC 7. Rebounds: RT 34 (Dressler 9), BC 29 (T. Fischer 7). Assists: RT 12 (Voltz 5), BC 17 (Co. Braaten 17). Steals: RT 3 (Voltz 2), BC 11 (Palczewski 3). Blocks: RT 1 (Ca. Kuntz 1), BC 0. Turnovers: RT 17, BC 9.

Consolation semifinals

New England 59, Killdeer 52

Daniel Prince had 17 points and 16 rebounds to help put New England into the fifth-place game.

Austin Fitterer was 3 of 3 from the 3-point range and 6 of 6 from the free-throw line to finish with 19 points and three steals for the Tigers (3-2). Levi Hollinger added 15 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists.

Brock Pittsley had 10 points and seven rebounds and Calum Blankenship had nine points, 13 rebounds and four assists to lead Killdeer (2-3). Trenton Rohr led the Cowboys in scoring with 12 points.

Killdeer 7 18 34 52

NE 13 18 38 59

K: Trenton Rohr 12, Brock Pittsley 10, Calum Blankenship 9, Hayes LeMieux 6, Lewis Dobitz 5, Riley Blankenship 4, Cody Johnson 3, Brady Roshau 3.

NE: Austin Fitterer 19, Daniel Prince 17, Levi Hollinger 15, Brady Bender 3, Garrett Fitterer 2, Alex Nielsen 2, Lane Herberholz 1.

3-pointers: K 2 (Johnson, Roshau). NE 5 (Fitterer 3, Hollinger, Bender). Free throws: K 10-15, NE 18-27. Total fouls: K 22, NE 14. Fouled out: LeMieux. Rebounds: K 42 (Blankenship 13), NE 45 (Prince 16). Assists: K 14 (Pittsley 4, C. Blankenship 4), NE 8 (Hollinger 3). Steals: K 10 (Christian Kulish 4), NE 11 (Hollinger 5). Blocks: K 1 (Roshau), NE 0. Turnovers: K 17, NE 17.

Mott-Regent 69, Glen Ullin-Hebron 32

Taylor Zentner had 21 points, six assists, six steals and five points as Mott-Regent made quick work of Glen Ullin-Hebron, jumping out to a 22-6 first-quarter lead en route to the consolation semifinal victory.

Logan Haberstroh added 16 points and six rebounds for the Wildfire (3-2). Austin Kautzman added 10 points off the bench.

Adam Gietzen had six points and nine rebounds to lead the Bearcats (1-3). Mitchell Bettenhausen, John Duppong and Garret Womack each scored six points.

Glen Ullin-Hebron faces Killdeer at 3 p.m. Saturday in the seventh-place game.

MR 22 37 57 69

GUH 6 13 17 32

MR: Taylor Zentner 21, Logan Haberstroh 16, Austin Kautzman 10, Tyler Zentner 9, Jonah Honeyman 4, Jacob Greff 3, Chance Roth 2, Mark Steiner 2, Benjamin Friedt 2.

GUH: Mitchell Bettenhausen 6, Adam Gietzen 6, John Duppong 6, Garrett Womack 6, Steve Weidmer 5, Jaden Schmidt 3.

3-pointers: MR, Ta. Zentner 2, Kautzman 2, Greff 1. GUH, Schmidt. Free throws: MR 4-8, GUH 5-11. Total fouls: MR 16, GUH 12. Rebounds: MR 49 (Ty. Zentner 12), GUH 36 (Gietzen 9). Assists: MR 18 (Ta. Zentner 6), GUH 9 (three with 2). Steals: MR 16 (Ta. Zentner 6), GUH 7 (three with 2). Blocks: MR 3 (three with 1), GUH 2 (two with 1). Turnovers: MR 16, GUH 24.

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Dustin Monke
Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins 2014. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occassional Sunday column, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff.
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