WHEATLAND – The varsity boys dropped a pair of games this past week as their long road trip continued. Jan. 9 saw the boys drop a tough game against Mountain View 53-40. Although the game was touch and go for the entire contest, last minute momentum went to the Bison for the win.
The Dawgs came out and displayed grit and determination from the start and after a quarter, the score was only separated by two field goals. The second quarter saw much of the same and at halftime the Bison maintained a slim four-point lead.
Wheatland actually took command in the third quarter and after outscoring Mt. View by two points, the score was separated only by a bucket. Down the stretch momentum swung in the home team’s direction and the ultimate difference in the game was the consistency beyond the arc. Although the Bison only hit 24% of their three-point shots, hitting 4 for 17, the Bulldogs missed all 11 3’s they took.
The Bulldogs were tenacious once again on their defense and forced 15 turnovers and seven steals, their transition game let them down as they had 21 turnovers for the game. They were also beaten on the boards 35-20.
Kade Preuit led the Bulldogs in scoring with 21 points while Ned Hageman ended up with 9 points and seven rebounds. Rodee Brow led the team with 2 assists.
Jan. 15 the Bulldogs traveled to Buffalo where they lost a tough nonconference game, 66-55. Buffalo came out firing on all cylinders and by halftime had built a 35-13 lead. Buffalo enjoyed the home court advantage hitting 55% of their shots from the field.
The Bulldogs who made a furious last quarter rally came up just short, but had some bright spots for the game including the advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Bison 38-26 and coming up with 12 steals.
Prueit once again led all scorers from both teams with 25 points. He also added eight rebounds, five assists and four steals. Trent Jones was second with 13 points followed by Hageman with 12 points. Brow led all players with seven assists and he also pulled down eight rebounds and had four steals.
As a team the Dawgs shot 75% from the free-throw line.
The Bulldogs are now 3-5 for the year and will return home Friday to tangle with rival Torrington at 7 p.m. who has a record of 2-5.