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Scott's game-winner gives Bulldogs tight win over New England

Bowman County junior Dylan Scott, left, is defended by New England senior Carter Stang Tuesday night at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Samuel Evers / The Dickinson Press)

When Bowman County coach Erick Egan huddled his team down 57-56 with 18.1 second left against New England Tuesday night, he knew both the play he would draw up and the player who would shoot it.

The play was a double screen in the paint, designed to have the shooter start under the basket and run to the top of the key for the shot, and the player was junior Dylan Scott.

The screens worked perfectly, and Scott's shot, at least for Bulldog fans, did not disappoint.

His 3-pointer hit nothing but net, and after a last hoist with 1.8 seconds left for New England rimmed out, Bowman County (1-0) escaped the quarterfinals of the Roughrider Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center with a 59-57 victory.

Scott finished with 22, a game-high, and was 3 of 10 from deep, but he hit from long range when it mattered most.

"(Dylan)'s probably the best shooter we've got on the team," Egan said. "We felt like he was probably the hot hand to go to. That's a set play that we have. We hadn't run it all night so it was something they hadn't seen."

On the final play of the game, New England's Denit Sorenson tossed the ball to halfcourt, aiming for 6-foot-8 Cody Holt. The ball was tipped but eventually landed in Carter Stang's hands. He got a clean shot off, but the potential game-tying two-pointer was just a little too long.

"All I could do at that point was hope it didn't go in," Scott said of Stang's shot.

Of his own shot, Scott said it was his first game-winner.

"It ended up being a pretty cool moment when it was over," he said. "Coach just called out a play, and it worked out pretty good. I just zoned out, shot it and it went in. I was kind of surprised — shocked — that it went in."

That shot was the culmination of a big comeback for the Bulldogs, who began the game by giving up a 9-0 run to the Tigers. Led by Holt, New England (0-1) outrebounded the Bulldogs 44-24 for the game, and the Tigers were in complete control of the first half, entering the break with a five-point lead.

But in the second half, turnovers plagued the Tigers, who finished with 25 for the game. They only got 19 shots off in the final 16 minutes (compared to 33 for the Bulldogs), and entered the fourth quarter losing by four.

But despite the rough play, they grabbed the lead back down the fourth quarter stretch, and almost did enough to get a victory; Holt's free-throw with 1:15 left gave the Tigers a 57-56 lead, but a missed basket and a turnover eventually brought the ball back to the Bulldogs with 18.1 seconds left, leading to Scott's heroics.

"A lot of turnovers in the game," New England head coach Shawn Flaherty said. "That was the big story for us, but they stayed tough, they stayed the course. They just did a better job making better decisions. You have to give that Scott kid credit. He hit a big shot."

Bowman County 59, New England 57

NE 19 15 9 14

BC 10 19 19 11

NE: Cody Holt 15, Justin Cantwell 14, Carter Stang 10, Denit Sorenson 8, Gabe Sorenson 7, Devin Wert 2, Jayson Koch 1.

BC: Dylan Scott 22, Chance Andrews 15, Andrew Miller 7, Corban Massey 4, Jacob Boehm 4, Reed Marmon 3, Brian Anaya 2, Adam Powell 2.

3-pointers: NE 3-15 (Stang 2-10, Gabe Sorenson 1-3, Nick Rettinger 0-1, Cantwell 0-1), BC 8-25 (Scott 3-10, Andrews 3-6, Marmon 1-4, Miller 1-3, Anaya 0-1, Powell 0-1). Free throws: NE 10-16, BC 11-13. Total fouls: NE 13, BC 18. Rebounds: NE 44 (Holt 9), BC 24 (Miller 6). Assists: NE 9 (Stang 3), BC 5 (Massey 3). Steals: NE 8 (Cantwell 3), BC 14 (Massey 5). Blocks: NE 3 (Holt 2), BC 0. Turnovers: NE 25, BC 18.