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Another exhausting win

The Bowman County boys basketball team is getting used to overtime. After an exhausting double-overtime win against Glen Ullin-Hebron on Tuesday, the Bulldogs decided to stretch things out a little longer Thursday night against Dickinson Trinity....

The Bowman County boys basketball team is getting used to overtime.

After an exhausting double-overtime win against Glen Ullin-Hebron on Tuesday, the Bulldogs decided to stretch things out a little longer Thursday night against Dickinson Trinity.

With star center Alex Wolf on the bench after fouling out, junior forward Tyler Fischer banked in a shot in the post with 3 seconds remaining and the Bulldogs sealed a marathon 65-64 triple-overtime victory over the sixth-ranked Titans during the semifinals of the Roughrider Tournament at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

"I just got lucky and was there to take the shot," Fischer said.

Fischer's game-winner was in the same vein as the several that Wolf, who fouled out early in the second overtime, had connected on at will throughout the night en route to scoring 33 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, both of which were game highs.

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"I thought our kids defended really well, he was just on a mission," Trinity coach Gregg Grinsteinner said of the 6-foot-4 junior center.

Trinity (2-1) shot 53 percent from the field in the first half, led by as much as 12 in the third quarter and held a 45-37 lead going into fourth.

However, the Titans scored just four points in the fourth as Bowman County (2-2) crawled back and eventually took a 49-47 lead on a pair of free throws by senior guard Logan Cox with 2:10 left.

"They never quit, they got down a few times but they never quit," said Bulldogs coach Gary Ballard, whose team will meet Richardton-Taylor in the tournament's championship game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Trinity's only field goal of the fourth came with 3 seconds left when Jordan Selinger drove the lane and got an off-balanced layup to fall after bouncing off the rim, sending the game into the first overtime.

Trinity had two chances to hit the winning shot in the first overtime after Matt Klug stole a Bowman County in-bounds pass with 5 seconds left. Jared Keller and Tommy Peters both missed shots as before time expired.

After Keller's layup tied the game at 60 in the second overtime, Bulldogs junior Kenzie Robertson missed a six-foot jumper shortly before the buzzer sounded.

Selinger had a fast-break layup off a steal to open the third overtime and gave the Titans a 63-60 lead with a free throw on the next trip down the floor.

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The Bulldogs held Trinity at bay on several possessions throughout overtime, eventually tying the game at 63 before Jon Ficek made the back end of a free-throw opportunity to give the Titans a 64-63 lead with 17 seconds remaining.

Bowman County responded by marching down the floor and setting up Fischer's winning shot without taking a time out.

"They all kept their composure toward the end there," Wolf said. "We had a lot of things going for us."

The Titans played without floor leader Robbie Morey after the sophomore fouled out with 2:10 left in the first overtime. Morey scored all of his team-high 14 points in the first half.

"We talked about team, it's not just one guy," Grinsteinner said. "That's something that's going to come through to these kids."

Richardton-Taylor 63, Killdeer 54 (OT)Mott-Regent JV 46, Glen Ullin-Hebron 42

Nick Kautzman scored 18 points and added eight rebounds to help lift the Wildfire's junior varsity to a shocking upset victory in a consolation-round game.

Luke Honeyman added 14 points, five rebounds and three steals for Mott-Regent.

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Jarrod Auer scored 17 points and added five rebounds and four steals to help the Bearcats' (1-2) cause.

Heart River 62, New England 51

Heart River overcame a two-point halftime deficit and shot 70 percent from the field in the second half to claim a consolation-round win over the Tigers.

James Duletski scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half for the Cougars (0-3). Devon Schmeling scored a game-high 19 points and had eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Jimmy Smith added 10 points, six assists, four steals and four rebounds.

Skyler Schaefer had 16 points and four assists for New England (1-2). Daniel Binstock hit three 3-pointers and finished with 14 points and nine rebounds and three steals. Cory Wilhelm added 13 points and four rebounds.

The Cougars will play the Mott-Regent JV in the fifth-place game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers open the final day of the tournament against Glen Ullin-Hebron in the seventh-place game at 3 p.m.

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