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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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Bucs split pair of home games over weekend

By Anthony Varriano

Ranger-Review Staff Writer


The Dawson Community College boys’ basketball team rolled the Coca Cola All-Stars 95-53 at the Toepke Center on Saturday.

“Maybe for the first time all year we outmatched the other team,” said DCC head coach Don Mast.

It was evident in every aspect of the game. The Buccaneers played their most complete game of the year, dominating the paint with 40 rebounds and four blocks. They played tough defense away from the rim, too, forcing 17 turnovers, including 10 steals.

Point guard Jake Buck continued his stellar statistical sophomore season, scoring 27 points on 67 percent shooting from the floor. He nearly shot as well from three-point range as he did from two-point range.

Freshman guard Christian Cappel also shot it well, scoring 21 points on 64 percent shooting. 

The rest of the scoring was spread around because the minutes were spread around.

“It was good to play everyone a lot of minutes,” Mast said.

Former Red Devil and Grizzly, Derek Selvig, led the All-Stars with 14 points. 

The Bucs may have played their best half against Northwest College this season, but struggled in the second half, falling 92-68 at home on Friday night.

DCC overcame turnovers, foul trouble, and the Trapper length advantage in the first half to pull within 10 points at halftime, but the Trappers pulled away.

“The second half we played inconsistent and against good teams that will only have you play in an uphill battle,” Mast said. “We are not good enough for that.”

Every shot seemed to be altered, especially in the paint, as the Bucs shot just 39 percent from inside the arc. They couldn’t live beyond the arc, either, hitting just five of 17 attempts.

Buck led DCC with 14 points, while Keegan Border added 13 and Darion Busby put up 10.

Northwest’s defense smothered the Buccaneers and forced contested shots, but there was improvement, as DCC turned it over just one more time than the Trappers and rebounded better than they had in previous games against Northwest. But the Trappers had five players finish in double figures, winning one-on-one battles at every position.

The Buccaneers will look to use this weekend off to build an even better game plan for Northwest College when they visit the Trappers in Powell, Wyo. on Dec. 11.

Reach Anthony Varriano at rrsports@rangerreview.com.

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