WHEATLAND – The Wheatland High School boys basketball team split a pair of games over the weekend, but it was enough to secure the No. 3 seed from the south quadrant for this weekend’s WHSAA 3A East Regional Tournament in Wheatland.
The Bulldogs (9-13) started their weekend with 50-31 trouncing of Burns High School Friday evening, but fell the next day 38-35 to Newcastle High School.
Against Burns, Wheatland jumped out to 14-5 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. The Bulldogs held the Broncs to single-digit scoring in the first, third and fourth quarters to claim a dominant win.
Four Bulldogs scored in the double-digits. Kolby Preuit was the scoring leader with 14 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Clayton Iacovetto poured in 11 points, while Luke Anderson and Mytchell Pollock scored 10 points each.
Defense was key for the Bulldogs, as no Burns players scored more than six points.
Against the Newcastle Dogies, Wheatland kept the score close throughout the first half and went into the locker room at the intermission down 23-20. Wheatland’s defense was suffocating in the third quarter. It held the Dogies to only four points and contributed to Wheatland building a 30-27 lead going into the fourth, but Newcastle came back in the final quarter and outscored the Bulldogs 11-5 to earn a 38-35 win.
The high scorer for Wheatland was Pollock, who scored nine. Carlos Garcia added eight with 11 rebounds.
The loss was the final regular season game for the Bulldogs, who will now their attention to the postseason and the regional tournament.
Wheatland will open its postseason run on Thursday against No.2M Douglas at 4:30 p.m. The Bearcats (15-5) edged the Bulldogs 52-48 on Feb. 8.