Bulldogs bury demons in win against Dickinson Trinity
Six weeks earlier in the same gym, the Bowman County boys basketball team suffered a 27-point loss against Dickinson Trinity in the championship game of the Roughrider Tournament.
But with their play as of late, the Bulldogs entered the rematch confident they'd be able to exact some revenge.
Leading for much of the second half, the Bulldogs survived a furious Titans rally to come away with a 70-64 victory on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
Long serving as a house of horrors, Bowman County picked up its first victory at Dickinson Trinity in nine years.
"We've been playing pretty good basketball lately, especially on the defensive end," Bowman County head coach Erick Egan said. "We're a completely different team than we were at the Roughrider Tournament. The defensive intensity that we've started to bring, I was confident coming into the game. It's always tough playing Dickinson Trinity on their home floor, they're a great team but the boys had all the confidence in the world. With the way we were playing on defense, I knew we had a shot. We just had to go out and make plays, and the boys did a great job of making plays tonight."
Bowman County opened the game cutting off Dickinson Trinity drives into the lane and using quick hands to deflect passes.
However, when the Bulldogs couldn't continue to do so, the Titans carried a 22-17 second quarter lead by establishing an inside game.
If the Titans weren't scoring on cuts to basket from senior guard Noah Sickler and his 10 first quarter points, they'd create their offense off of offensive rebounds.
Junior forward Aric Knopik crashed the boards for a pair offensive rebounds, earning a trip to the free-throw line. Later, junior forward Isaac Fridrich banked a putback after controlling a Titans shot.
Noah Sickler had 18 points to lead the Titans while Alec Sickler chipped in with 15 points.
Bowman County responded late in the second quarter with a 9-0 run to close the half.
A 3-pointer from senior guard Dylan Scott, followed by a turnaround jumper from Andrew Miller, gave the Bulldogs a 31-28 halftime advantage.
"There's a couple of possessions where we gambled and didn't challenge their shooters," Dickinson Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. "Once they got into a rhythm toward the end of the first quarter into the second quarter, that's when they started shooting lights out."
Dickinson Trinity hurt itself with foul trouble early into the second half. Noah Sickler committed a foul with 2:08 left in the third quarter, leaving the Bulldogs in the bonus for the remainder of the game.
The whistles piling up proved to be crucial, as Scott was fouled on a foray to the basket with only 0.8 seconds remaining in the third period. After draining the two free throws, Scott opened up the fourth quarter with a three-point play with a reverse lay-up through contact.
The Bulldogs built an 11-point lead after a 10-0 run in the second half.
"Those runs were very critical," Scott said. "We shot a very good percentage today and that's part of the reason why we pulled it off."
The Titans did not go down quietly. Alec Sickler's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 62-58. The next time down the floor, Scott had to be removed from the game, after getting accidentally kneed in the right thigh.
With Scott on the bench, Dickinson Trinity had a chance to cut its deficit down to one after freshman guard Cole Fitterer was fouled while scoring on a baseline drive. The Titans grabbed the offensive rebound after Fitterer missed the foul shot, but turned the ball over.
On the ensuing possession, Miller put the game away with a three-point play after absorbing contact and scoring on an off-balanced attempt inside.
Scoring a game-high 31 points, Scott returned in the final seconds, knocking down free throws to ice it. Miller added 21 points for the Bulldogs.
"This one meant a lot," Scott said. "We haven't won against this team since I can remember. It's a big thing to beat Trinity because they're a good team."
Bowman County 70, Dickinson Trinity 64
BC 12 19 19 20
DT 15 13 15 21
BC: Dylan Scott 31, Andrew Miller 21, Jacob Svihovec 7, Chance Andrews 5, Corban Massey 4, Adam Powell 2, Ben Phelps 2.
DT: Noah Sickler 18, Alec Sickler 15, Easton Walby 9, Jacob Kubas 7, Cole Fitterer 6, Isaac Fridrich 4, Colton Jones 3, Aric Knopik 2.
3-pointers: BC 6 (Scott 4), DT 5 (A. Sickler 3). Free throws: BC x-x, DT 9-18. Total fouls: BC 15, DT 19. Fouled out: 2 (BC: Phelps. DT: N. Sickler). Records: BC 10-5 (Region 7 4-1), DT 9-7 (Region 7 5-2).