Buccaneers win two and get season off to a positive start
By Anthony Varriano
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Dawson Community College men’s basketball team got its season off to a hot start with wins over the Williston State College All-Stars in Williston, Friday, and the Jamestown JV squad in Jamestown on Saturday.
Bucs 77, Jamestown JV 48
“We came out and played a solid game for early in the season,” DCC head coach Don Mast said of the game in Jamestown.
The Bucs were certainly solid from beyond the arc, hitting 11 of 22 attempts. Sophomore Jake Buck drained four of his six three-point shots and led all scorers with 15 points. Buck also dished four assists and grabbed two steals and four rebounds.
Also in double figures was freshman Christian Cappel out of Billings, who finished with 12 points on four of seven shooting from beyond the arc. Fellow freshman Darion Busby had 11 points and shot 62.5 percent from the floor.
To go along with the hot shooting, the Buccaneer defense was effective despite committing 24 fouls. They grabbed 36 rebounds as a team and forced 11 steals and three blocks.
Bucs 106, Williston State College All-Stars 80
Coach Mast said the team shook off some first-game jitters to pull away from Williston State College, Friday.
Sophomore Keegan Border went off with 19 points and nine rebounds, but everybody got on in the act.
“We settled down a little and controlled the game,” he said. “It was nice because everyone was able to play and score.”
These early games serve as a great opportunity to determine the depth of the team, and the Bucs seem to have plenty of productive freshmen on this year’s squad. Cappel added 19 points, while sophomore Elbert Jones added 14 points in the win.
Buck took a more passive approach in the opening game, spreading the ball around to collect 12 assists, and his ability to find open teammates resulted in 50 percent shooting from the floor.
Foul trouble was an issue but generally is early in the season. The Bucs will look to shore that up before their first home game at Toepke Center against Northwest College at 7 p.m.
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