Bulldogs prevail

Finally, Bowman County's boys basketball team didn't need overtime to win a game. After a double-overtime win against Glen Ullin-Hebron in the quarterfinals of the Roughrider Tournament on Tuesday and a triple-overtime triumph against Dickinson T...

Finally, Bowman County's boys basketball team didn't need overtime to win a game.

After a double-overtime win against Glen Ullin-Hebron in the quarterfinals of the Roughrider Tournament on Tuesday and a triple-overtime triumph against Dickinson Trinity in the semifinals on Thursday night, the Bulldogs needed just four quarters to get by Richardton-Taylor in the championship.

Behind Alex Wolf's 27 points and eight rebounds, the Bulldogs' boys basketball team claimed their third Roughrider Tournament title in four years with a 60-50 victory over Richardton-Taylor on Saturday night.

"We all came ready to play tonight and that's what we needed to win," Wolf said.

Bowman County watched a 23-19 halftime lead slip away early in the third quarter when Raiders guard Jadon Messer scored all of his team's points on an 11-2 run the first 2 minutes, 45 seconds of the half to give his team a 30-25 lead.


The 6-foot-1 junior scored 15 of his game-high 32 points in the third quarter. He also had seven rebounds.

"We needed to get something going," Messer said. "... We did what we could, just not enough."

Despite Messer's outburst, it wasn't long before the Bulldogs were back in the lead.

Bowman County began breaking Richardton-Taylor's full-court trap that had hindered them at the onset of the second half and outscored the Raiders 16-7 in the final five minutes of the third to reclaim the lead and take a 41-37 advantage into the fourth.

"We needed to hustle back and stop the ball and we didn't do that," Richardton-Taylor coach Dan Glasser said.

Richardton-Taylor kept things close until late in the fourth quarter when Tyson Harding's power layup started an 8-0 run that lasted just over a minute and helped the Bulldogs claim a 57-46 lead with 1:19 remaining in the fourth.

Wolf was 4 of 4 from the free-throw line during the run and finished with 27 points and eight rebounds. The 6-foot-4 center shot 9 of 11 from the field and 9 of 13 from the line.

"Mostly we came to earn some respect after losing the first two," Wolf said.


The championship gave the Bulldogs their third straight win after beginning the season with two losses. They lost to the Raiders 50-46 last Saturday in Richardton.

"Everybody is starting to understand what I want to do," said Bowman County coach Gary Ballard, who is in his first season with the Bulldogs. "We're patient and shot selection is much better."

Third-place game

Dickinson Trinity 53, Killdeer 47 (OT)

Titans senior point guard Jordan Selinger scored a team-high 17 points forced overtime for the second consecutive game. This time he did it from the line, drawing a foul on Cowboys senior Austin Dufault with 4.7 seconds remaining and hitting both free throws to tie the game at 45.

Dufault scored 14 points - his low of the tournament - and had 15 rebounds before fouling out in the first minute of overtime. The Titans hit their free throws in overtime to seal third place.

Jared Keller scored nine points and had 14 rebounds for the Titans (3-1).

Drew Gartner scored 13 points and had eight rebounds while Michael Wagner added 12 points and four steals for the Cowboys (2-2).


Fifth-place game

Heart River 57, Mott-Regent JV 36

After trailing through one quarter, the Cougars outscored the Wildfire 22-4 in the second quarter to take a 27-15 halftime lead that they built upon in the second half of their win in the fifth-place game.

James Duletski scored 21 points to lead Heart River (2-2). Jimmy Smith added 11 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Cougars.

Nick Kautzman notched a double-double for Mott-Regent's junior varsity with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Seventh-place game

New England 50, Glen Ullin-Hebron 46

Cory Wilhelm scored 15 points and had eight rebounds and the Tigers beat the Bearcats in the seventh-place game.

New England finished 1-20 the past two seasons but are off to a 2-2 start this year. Trevor Buzalsky scored 12 points and Daniel Binstock added 11 for the Tigers.

Benji Skjodal led Glen Ullin-Hebron (0-4) with 12 points. Jarrod Auer and Tanner Sibla each had 10 points.

Roughrider Tournament Scoreboard


Bowman County 60, Richardton-Taylor 50

RT 9 19 37 50

BC 11 23 41 60

RT: Jadon Messer 32, Garret Zent 5, Dylan Messer 4, Kasey Naumann 4, Lane Transtrom 2, Robert Messmer 2, Colten Zillich 1.

BC: Alex Wolf 27, Kenzie Robertson 8, Tyson Harding 8, Brock Boos 7, Tyler Fischer 4, Logan Cox 4, Travis Thielen 2.

3-pointers: Jadon Messer 4. Free throws: RT 4-11, BC 10-21. Total fouls: RT 17, BC 11. Rebounds: RT 38 (Zent 8), BC 33 (Wolf 8). Assists: RT 7 (Dylan Messer 3), BC 9 (Cox 4). Steals: RT 10 (Zent 4), BC 9 (Robertson 5). Turnovers: RT 17, BC 15.

Third place

Dickinson Trinity 53, Killdeer 47

KHS 12 25 33 45 47

THS 16 23 33 45 53

KHS: Austin Dufault 14, Drew Gartner 13, Michael Wagner 12, Ethan Harris 4, Wade Trotter 3, Ben Pelton 1.

THS: Jordan Selinger 17, Robbie Morey 10, Jared Keller 9, Austin Fridrich 7, Kyle Kudrna 4, Jonathan Ficek 3, Matt Klug 2, Tommy Peters 1.

3-pointers: Trotter, Kudrna, Morey 2. Free throws: KHS 10-20, THS 14-27. Total fouls: KHS 21, THS 19. Fouled out: Dufault. Rebounds: KHS 36 (Dufault 15), THS 40 (Keller 14). Assists: KHS 4 (four players with 1), THS 7 (Selinger 4). Steals: KHS 12 (Wagner 4), THS 14 (Selinger 3, Morey 3). Turnovers: KHS 22, THS 17.

Fifth place

Heart River 57, Mott-Regent JV 36

HRHS 5 27 40 57

MRJV 10 14 26 36

HRHS:James Duletski 21, Jimmy Smith 11, Devon Schmeling 10, Ethan Rodne 7, Justin Adams 2, Channing Wagner 2, Daniel Mahrer 2, Taylor Landis 2.

MRJV: Nick Kautzman 14, Luke Honeyman 7, Justin Hernor 6, Ace Lockwood 3, Weston Bohnet 3, Tanner Kautzman 2, Brandon Friez 1.

3-pointers: Smith. Free throws: HRHS 6-8, MRJV 4-9. Total fouls: HRHS 9, MRJV 10. Rebounds: HRHS 37 (Schmeling 9), MRJV 26 (Nick Kautzman 11). Assists: HRHS 4 (Schmeling 4), MRJV 6 (Honeyman 3). Steals: HRHS 12 (Schmeling 6), MRJV 5 (Randy Reich 3). Turnovers: HRHS 14, MRJV 21.

Seventh place

New England 50, Glen Ullin-Hebron 46

NE 15 26 40 50

GUH 16 28 34 46

NE: Cory Wilhelm 15, Trevor Buzalsky 12, Daniel Binstock 11, Shawn Kuntz 5, Skylar Schaofer 4, Mark Frank 3.

GUH: Benji Skjoldal 12, Tanner Sible 10, Jarrod Auer 10, Tyrel Rebel 8, Nathan Wanner 4, Brandon Kobilansky 2.

3-pointers: Schaofer, Binstock 3, Buzalsky 2, Skjoldal, Sibla 2, Auer 2. Free throws: NE 4-7, GUH 3-4. Total fouls: NE 3, GUH 13. Fouled out: Auer. Rebounds: NE 30 (Kuntz 8, Wilhelm 8), GUH 26 (Kobilansky 10). Assists: NE 10 (Buzalsky 3, Schaofer 3), GUH 10 (Sible 5). Steals: NE 9 (Schaofer 3), GUH 6 (Rebel 2). Turnovers: NE 23, GUH 20.


All-tournament team: Jordan Selinger, Dickinson Trinity; James Duletski, Heart River; Cory Wilhelm, New England; Jadon Messer, Richardton-Taylor, Nick Kautzman, Mott-Regent. Unanimous: Jarrod Auer, Glen Ullin-Hebron; Austin Dufault, Killdeer; Robbie Morey, Dickinson Trinity; Alex Wolf, Bowman County; Garrett Zent, Richardton-Taylor.

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