Carr, Hazen drive past Bowman CountyHazen’s performance in the first quarter of its Region 7 boys basketball tournament told the story of how the final game of the quarterfinal was going to play out.
By: Royal McGregor, The Dickinson Press
Hazen’s performance in the first quarter of its Region 7 boys basketball tournament told the story of how the final game of the quarterfinal was going to play out.
The Bison jumped out early and defeated Bowman County 75-38 on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“The big thing that we talked about was coming out with some intensity on defense,” Hazen head coach Randy Johnson said. “I think that if we did that defensively our offense would work.”
Johnson’s observation was correct. The points did come and they came fast.
The Bison (17-4) jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first quarter.
“The main thing that we talked about was size differential,” said junior Stetson Carr, who had 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists. “We had a big size advantage on them, so we mainly worked on getting it in the post.”
Hazen, the No. 3 seed out of District 14, has four players in their starting lineup taller than 6-foot-2. The Bulldogs (10-13), the District 13 No. 2 seed, has three players who stand 6-foot.
Hazen took a 35-20 halftime lead.
“We knew it was going to be a tough matchup, because of their size and they are very athletic kids,” Bowman County head coach Gary Ballard said. “They’ve got some good, experienced kids.”
The Bison were 16 of 33 (49 percent) from the field in the first half, while the Bulldogs were 7 of 23 (30 percent).
Despite not shooting well in the first, Carr said they couldn’t give Bowman County any free looks.
“The fact that they are very good shooters,” Carr said. “I think against Mott-Regent, one of kids (Colter Braaten) had seven 3-pointers. We knew they were good shooters and we couldn’t give them a chance to shoot the three.”
Hazen’s offensive power didn’t falter, as it got ahead by as much as 40, 75-35, in the fourth quarter.
“Hopefully we will be better next year because we’ll have everyone back except for one player,” Ballard said, referring to the team’s lone senior, D.J. Good Shield. “We were happy to get here. I know it’s not fun to lose by a lot, but I still think it’s good experience for them.”
Collin Lindquist added 12 points and eight rebounds for Hazen, while Josh Rothe chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds. Carr said the scoring throughout the team was significant.
“It’s very important,” Carr said. “Especially if one guy is having an off game, we can just focus on moving the ball better.”
Hazen and rival Beulah, which are separated by just 11 miles, get to make the hour-long trip back to Dickinson today for their semifinal game that begins at approximately 7:30 p.m. Beulah owns a 2-1 series edge this season.
“It’s a fun rivalry,” Johnson said. “We played them a week ago practically. It’s going to be a big test for us and we are going to have to play very well.”
Hazen 19 35 58 75
BC 6 20 31 38
H: Stetson Carr 22, Collin Lindquist 12, Josh Rothe 10, Jon Doll 8, Dominick Opp 7, Michael Maas 6, Tyler Parker 6, Austin Cieslak 2, Kyle Lindquist 2.
BC: Brandon Fischer 11, Tanner Fischer 8, Colter Braaten 7, Mike Palczewski 5, Dan Freitag 3, D.J. Good Shield 2, Hunter Lanchbury 2.
3-pointers: H 6 (Carr 2, Doll 2, C. Lindquist 1, Opp 1), BC 2 (Freitag 1, Palczewski 1). Free throws: H 3-5, BC 8-13. Total fouls: H 13, BC 9. Rebounds: H 48 (Carr 9), BC 25 (B. Fischer 6). Assists: H 21 (Carr 6, Doll 6), BC 10 (Braaten 3). Steals: H 5 (C. Lindquist 2), BC 6 (B. Fischer 2, Good Shield 2, Palczewski 2). Blocks: H 4, BC 0. Turnovers: H 11, BC 9. Records: H 17-4, BC 10-13.