The Bowman County Bulldogs ran up a big lead in the first half and kept it when they handed Underwood a 66-41 loss Saturday in the Shiloh Jamboree in the Bismarck Event Center.
By Brad Mosher
The Bulldogs built up a 36-19 lead by halftime.
Unfortunately for the Comets repeated rallies in the second half did little to seriously damage the lead the Bulldogs had built up.
By the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs’ lead was 20 points (48-28).
In the final minutes, each time the Comets tried get a rally started, the Bulldogs would hit them with a three-point shot or a crucial score.
With just over six minutes left in the game, Underwood started a rally with Ty Snyder getting a three-point play on a basket and foul.
He scored again on a steal, cutting the lead to 48-31.
The Comets cut it to 48-33 (15 points) before the Bulldogs responded with a basket by Matthew Osendorf.
Underwood’s Preston Christiansen make a three-point play (basket and free throw), cutting the lead to just 14 points (50-36).
Osendorf’s three-pointer made it 53-36, but the Comets kept up the pressure.
Underwood scored the next five points, cutting the Bowman lead to 14 points again (53-39).
Bowman County’s Corben Massey, Caleb Duffield and Osendorf gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 run, with Osendorf hitting a three-point play in less than a minute.
The Bulldogs held a 62-39 lead with about two minutes left when the bench was called for a technical foul.
Preston Christiansen hit both free throws, cutting the lead again, but the Bulldogs would score the final four points in the final minutes of the game to close out the decisive win.
Duffield led the Bulldogs in scoring with 18 points, while Osendorf added 11 and both Corban Massey and Jacob Svihovec put in nine points each. Brady Senn finished with seven points, while Brian Anaya had six.
The Comets were led by Parker Christiansen’s 19 points. He was the only Underwood player to score in double figures Saturday.