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Mistakes prove costly in Bulldogs loss to Night Hawks

HAZEN -- In the opening minutes of its quarterfinal game against Hettinger-Scranton, the Bowman County boys basketball team made a string of mistakes. Turnovers and steals allowed the Night Hawks to go on a 16-2 run early on. Hettinger-Scranton f...

Hettinger-Scranton senior Jarad Mattis puts up a jump shot against Bowman County on Thursday, March 8 at Bison Arena. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Hettinger-Scranton senior Jarad Mattis puts up a jump shot against Bowman County on Thursday, March 8 at Bison Arena. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

HAZEN - In the opening minutes of its quarterfinal game against Hettinger-Scranton, the Bowman County boys basketball team made a string of mistakes. Turnovers and steals allowed the Night Hawks to go on a 16-2 run early on. Hettinger-Scranton forced 21 turnovers, 12 in the first half, resulting in a 61-53 victory on Thursday, March 8 at the Bison Arena in Hazen.

"The last time we played them, we turned the ball over too much and did kind of the same thing tonight," Bulldogs head coach Erick Egan said. "You got to give Hettinger credit. They put pressure on us defensively. At times we handled it fine, at times we didn't. Unfortunately, instead of just one mistake, it was two or three in a row and they capitalized."

While Bowman County had a bit of deja vu, it was just another game of basketball for the Night Hawks, who scored 15 points off of turnovers.

"That's just kind of our game," Hettinger-Scranton head coach Jeremy Dietchman said "We got a couple pretty good guards, a really good post and a couple of really good defensive players. It was just a balanced team effort tonight."

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Bulldog seniors Dylan Scott and Andrew Miller cut the gap to 20-9 at the end of the first frame.

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The Bulldogs outscored the Night Hawks 16-13 in the second, and 14-11 in the final quarter, but they couldn't make up for the multitude of mistakes.

Scott is consistently the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, as well as a heady defensive player. Shutting him down was Hettinger-Scranton's primary focus.

"We were able to get really good stops on defense," Dietchman said. "We did a really good job on their number five. He's a very good player. We had a pretty good game plan on him and the kids executed. Offensively, we were looking to attack the rim. We got to the foul line and we knocked down shots."

Despite the pressure against him, Scott scored 18 points for the Bulldogs, one point behind sophomore Jacob Svihovec who netted a team-high 19 points. Scott also was active defensively, snagging three steals.

"It's the same thing all season. Obviously they're working to take Dylan out of the game," Egan said. "They were face guarding. He was working hard, still getting shots. He didn't get as many to fall as he normally does but he was working hard."

Scott eventually fouled out of the contest, as the Bulldogs racked up 22 personal fouls.

Bowman County senior Andrew Miller, along with Svihovec led with eight rebounds each, helping the Bulldogs out-rebound the Night Hawks 39-28.

Hettinger-Scranton may have earned fewer boards, but dominated every other statistical category.

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"The biggest part of the success that comes with our team is the effort and intensity that we give every day, day in and day out at practice," Jarad Mattis said. "It transfers over to game day."

Senior Isaiah Kludt led the Night Hawks with 24 points, followed by Carson Schalesky and Mattis, who netted 14 each.

Mattis went a perfect 6-of-6 from the foul line. His team shot a combined 18-23 from the charity stripe, good for 78.3 percent.

"Free throws are everything. They're free points, free points," Mattis said. "Tonight they weren't as important as they usually are. Coming down the line here we're going to face a really good Trinity team and hopefully a really good team on Saturday."

The win sends the Night Hawks to the semifinal game on Friday, March 9 against No. 2 Dickinson Trinity.

"Trinity, they are a whole different animal. They are big," Dietchman said. "We're going to have to use our quickness to try to spread them out and get to the rim."

No. 3 Hettinger-Scranton 61, No. 6 Bowman County 53

BC 9 16 14 14

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HS 20 13 17 11

BC: Jacob Svihovec 19, Dylan Scott 18, Andrew Miller 5, Reed Marmon 5, Chance Andrews 3, Matthew Osendorf 3.

HS: Isaiah Kludt 24, Jarad Mattis 14, Carson Schalesky 14, Jaxon Mellmer 5, Tate Resner 2, Jeran Anderson 2.

3-pointers: BC 6-14 (Scott 2-4), HS 1-10 (Kludt 1-6). Free throws: BC 9-13, HS 18-23. Total fouls: BC 22, HS 14. Fouled out: BC, Scott. Rebounds: BC 39 (Miller, Svihovec 8), HS 28 (Mattis, Resner 4). Assists: BC 7 (Corban Massey 4) HS 7 (Mattis, Kludt 2) Steals: BC 8 (Scott 3), HS 12 (Mellmer 5). Blocks: HS 1 (Schalesky). Turnovers: BC 21, HS 10. Records: BC 14-9, HS 18-4.

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