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Friday, March 23, 2018

Bucs split final two games in Casper; lost Stubbs for 6 weeks

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer

The Dawson Community College men’s basketball team wrapped up their third game in three days at the Foss Motors Thanksgiving Classic in Casper, Wyo., Saturday. After Lamar Community College upset the 21st-ranked Casper College, Friday, they edged the Buccaneers on Saturday.

Lamar Community College 86, Bucs 79

Both teams looked a little weary early on, but the Bucs jumped out ahead with a steal and layup by Brendon Chevannes on the first possession and another steal and layup by Brent Finn shortly after.  

The Bucs went up by 13 points after only seven minutes of action on the strength of a couple of three-pointers by Kolton Wall and Gavin McPherson. Despite being under-sized in the post, DCC won the rebound battle 21-20 in the first half and pulled down 10 offensive rebounds.  

Lamar finally woke up and went on a run with a balanced attack that was led by Jerome LaNeir who had eight points. The Bucs had a hard time stopping the Lopes inside, giving up 24 points in the paint, and Lamar took control of the game heading into halftime with a 40-33 lead.  

The Bucs fought hard in the second half to keep the score close. Finn hit some tough, driving layups and McPherson added a few more shots from long range, but Lamar built a 14-point lead.  

DCC kept chipping away at the lead, cutting it to four in the final minute on a couple of free throws by Daniel Shedden, but Lamar knocked down their free throws in the final seconds to close it out.  

DCC’s bench outscored their counterparts 35-21, but it wasn’t enough. The Buccaneers were led in scoring by Daniel Shedden’s 20 points. Four others posted double figures including Finn with 16, Wall and McPherson with 15, and Chevannes with 10 points.  

The Bucs shot 38 percent from the field and 45 percent from the three-point line. They only had nine turnovers for the game.  

DCC—Shedden 18, Finn 16, McPherson 15, Wall 15, Jake Jones Morsette 5

LCC—Michael Skinner 20, Jerome LaNeir 19, Wayne Stewart 18, Taylor Sheppard 7, Andre Hardy 7, Isiah Martin 7, Devon Jacobs 4, Logan Longo 3, Richard Caldwell 1

Bucs 83, Central Wyoming College 78

The Bucs recovered from a tough loss to the 21st-ranked team in the country on Thanksgiving to get a win on Black Friday over Central Wyoming. It was an even matchup, which included a dozen ties and a dozen lead changes.  

It was a defensive battle in the first half with both teams starting slow. The Rustlers of Central Wyoming converted 10 points in transition in the opening half. Nick Brannon led the way with 11 points on perfect 5-of-5 shooting.  

The Buccaneers were pretty balance with Wall scoring 12, Chevannes getting nine, Shedden with eight and McPherson with six points on two shots from long range.  

The Bucs forced 11 turnovers, with the most important one being as the clock wound down and the Rustlers were holding for the last shot. Chevannes picked the pocket of the Rustlers’ point guard and took it down for a layup as time expired to give the Bucs a two point lead at half, 39-37.  

Dawson carried that momentum into the second half, with Shedden and Wall leading the way. Finn hit a big three with five minutes to go to help the Bucs regain the lead. McPherson also hit two more big threes in the second half, tut the game wasn’t decided until Chevannes picked up another steal with 35 seconds left.  

The Bucs iced it with free throws by Shedden, Finn and Wall. Wall finished with 23 points and seven rebounds, including 4-of-5 shooting from long range. Shedden had 21 points with three rebounds, three assists and three steals.  

Chevannes finished with 13 points, four assists, three rebounds and three key steals. McPherson had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the three-point line. 

For the game, DCC forced 23 turnovers and scored 25 points off those turnovers. Their bench came up big again, outscoring the Rustlers 42-22, with all 11 players who suited up playing at least 8 minutes. 

Dawson County High School graduate Stefan Stubbs had a tough game, though. DCC head coach Joe Peterson informed “Stubbs is out for six weeks with a strained ligament in his neck along with a broken bone under his eye and a scratched retina and cornea.” 

With Stubbs’ injury occurring while Victor Henriquez is still “a few weeks away,” recovering from a foot injury, more minutes will fall to DCHS graduate Bret Vester.

Peterson was proud of his team’s efforts, saying, “We fought hard all weekend long and our guys proved that we can play with any team on any given night. We learned a lot from these three games and this will make us much better in the long run.”

The Buccaneers’ next games will be in a tournament next weekend in Sheridan, Wyo. They play at Sheridan College at 7 p.m. on Friday and see Central Wyoming again at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

DCC—Wall 23, Shedden 21, Chevannes 13, McPherson 12, Ryan Strong 6, Finn 4, Kade Osborne 3, Aaron Frost 1

CWC—Devon Colley 16, Brannon 16, Chris Quayle 13, Irshaad Hunte 11, Alihan Demir 8, Marcus Nolan 8, Ronnie Barfield, Jr. 4, Colter Galante 2

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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