WHEATLAND – The Wheatland High School boys’ basketball team pulled off an opening round upset on their home court at the 3A East Regional Tournament.
The 48-42 victory over the Douglas Bearcats propelled them to a No. 2 seed for this weekend’s Class 3A State Tournament in Casper.
Wheatland junior Kobey Preuit looked to set the tone early with a 3-pointer.
The rest of the first half was a back-and-forth affair with neither team being able to grow a lead any more than four points.
However, that changed in the third quarter.
Senior Dylan Pearson capped off a 9-0 run over the first three minutes of the quarter, extending its lead to 26-13.
Douglas wasn’t going to go away.
The Bearcats cut the Wheatland lead to 33-29 heading into the fourth quarter.
Douglas eventually took a 39-38 lead midway through the quarter, but a minute later, junior Mytch Pollock answered with a 3-pointer to put Wheatland back on top.
It was a lead which the Bulldogs never surrendered over the final three minutes of the game.
Bulldog junior Luke Anderson led the team with 18 points, while Pollock added 13.
The next day, the Bulldogs edged Rawlins 46-45 in overtime, before Buffalo handed Wheatland a 52-23 loss in the East Regional championship game on Saturday.
No stats were available at press time.
The Bulldogs (10-14) will open against Worland (12-12) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Casper Events Center.