Bowman County boys basketball hopes to develop depth
Bowman County's boys basketball team had a rough go last season -- finishing 2-20 -- so there is a lot of room to grow coming into the new season.The Bulldogs return three starters from last season in sophomore Dylan Scott and seniors Alex Bartho...
Bowman County’s boys basketball team had a rough go last season - finishing 2-20 - so there is a lot of room to grow coming into the new season.
The Bulldogs return three starters from last season in sophomore Dylan Scott and seniors Alex Bartholomay and Cole Osendorf.
Scott was thrust into the starting lineup after a few players didn’t go out for basketball last season, and he ended up making the most of his opportunity, averaging 14.2 points per game.
“Dylan as a freshman, we happened to rely on him quite a bit, and he had a great season,” first-year head coach Erick Egan said. “He’s an exceptional ball handler. When he shoots, he has one of the nicest jump shots I’ve ever seen. He has a quick release and no wasted movement. Every time he shoots the ball, he has a 50-50 chance of it going in, if not a little higher.”
Bartholomay, who averaged 8.6 points last season, and Osendorf, the team’s leading rebounder, will provide the leadership for an otherwise young and inexperienced team.
“With Alex, he works his butt off in everything he does. You can see it in cross country too,” Egan said. “In basketball, he’s probably our best defender. He keeps the other team’s best player in check for us.
“And Cole has the mentality that he’s going to go get that basketball while rebounding. That’s what hard work does. Offensively we can rely on him to knock down an outside shot for us. Both of them, they bring a lot of experience that we can rely on.”
Sophomore Andrew Miller and junior Jacob Boehm split time on varsity and JV last season and will be expected to log some valuable minutes in this year’s rotation.
“Andrew is very quick, and he has long, lanky arms, so he’s kind of a pest on defense,” Egan said. “He’s still young, so we’re still working on when he can gamble for steals. Jacob will be asked to play good inside defense and get some rebounds. He’ll be around to clean up misses.”
The team will present a host of newcomers that will provide some depth.
“We’re working with a lot of inexperience after you get past those first five,” Egan said. “They’ll be learning on the fly and having to get used to the speed of the game.”
Senior Daniel Baesler has a nice outside shot, Egan said, and classmate Brayden Miller can provide some points while hustling for rebounds.
Egan said other incoming players have some good shooting ability but will just need some time to adjust to the learning curve of new offensive and defensive schemes.
“We want to get better every day, whether that’s a little or a lot,” Egan said. “In this region, we need to be putting more pressure on other teams. Instead of teams always pressuring us, we need to return that. We gave up a lot of offensive boards last year, too, so we need to play with more intensity on the defensive end. If you don’t play solid defense in this region, it’s tough to compete.”
Bowman County Bulldogs
Head coach: Erick Egan (first season)
Last year: 2-20, 2-10 Region 7
Returners: Alex Bartholomay, Sr.; Cole Osendorf, Sr.; Dylan Scott, Soph.; Andrew Miller, Soph.; Jacob Boehm, Jr.
Newcomers: Corban Massey, Fr.; Chance Andrews, Soph.; Brayden Miller, Sr.; Reed Marmon, Soph.; Mason Moran, Jr.; Daniel Baesler, Sr.