(DCC Athletics photo)

(DCC Athletics release)

GLENDIVE – The Dawson Community College men moved to 5-0 on the season by winning their third game in three nights 102-82 over the Rocky Mountain College JV team.  The Bucs won Friday night by 2, Saturday night by 70 and Sunday by 20.  In the first two games the Bucs jumped out to early leads, and they continued that trend by scoring the first twelve points.  Reece Green scored a bucket inside, followed by a mid-range shot by Tyrell Harper, two free throws by Harper and a couple of 3-pointers from Brent Finn.  The closest the visitors would ever get after that was a 7 point deficit at 28-21 when Pernell Morsette nailed a 3-pointer.  The Bucs scored 11 straight after that to build a 39-21 lead with all five of the Buccaneers on the floor making a field goal.  The biggest lead of the first half came on a Fernando Lopez field goal that made it 49-29.  The Battlin Bears finished the half on a mini 7-3 run with Koltin Haugrose earning a 4-point play with 33 seconds remaining in the half.  The teams went into the locker room with the scoreboard reading 52-36.  Finn led the way with 15 points on five 3-pointers.  Harper and Green contributed 8 points each.  Harper also had 3 rebounds and 4 assists in a well-played first half.  Ryan Zentner led the Bears with 14 points.  The Bucs shot 64% from the field in the opening half and the same percentage from the 3 point line.  They also forced 11 turnovers and held the Bears to 37% shooting.

DCC pushed the lead up to 21 in the opening three minutes of the 2nd half on consecutive 3-pointers from Travon Hamilton and Finn.  For the rest of the game they kept the lead between 16-24 points and cruised to a 20 point victory 102-82.  All fourteen Buccaneers scored and contributed in the victory.  They were led by Finn’s 20 points.  Three others ended in double figures with Tate Savoie adding 12, Harper 10 and Simon Falokun 10 points and 5 rebounds, all in the 2nd half.  Hamilton finished with 7 assists and Harper had 5.  They shot 57.7% from the field for the game and 44% from the 3-point line.  They outrebounded Rocky 45-31.  Their bench outscored Rocky 47-24.  For the visitors, Haugrose finished with 22 and Zentner had 17.

DCC Coach Joe Peterson commented, “We looked flat at times tonight and didn’t guard the way we are capable of, but managed to fight through the tiredness of playing our 3rd game in 3 days.  We shot it extremely well, so if we would have just taken care of the ball better, we could have really put this game away.”

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It’s the Buccaneers 5th straight win to open the season and they will get one more home game on Wednesday before hitting the road for the first time.  The Battle of the Badlands will take place on Wednesday night between Dawson and Miles.  The Lady Bucs will start at 5:30 pm and the Buccaneers will play at 7:30 pm.  Last year’s games were instant classics and this year’s games show promise of being the same.

On Friday night, the Buccaneers let a 19 point lead dissipate before hanging on for a 2 point victory.  The Bucs weren’t about to let that happen again on Saturday.  This time around they started strong and then seemed to keep getting stronger as the game wore on.  Salish Kootenai has played a tough early season schedule facing a lot of Frontier Conference teams on the road.  Last night they lost a hard fought 19 point game to Dickinson State.  The Bucs showed no pity on their visitors as they built a 21-8 lead in a well-balanced attack.  The visitors tried to claw their way back into the game by cutting the deficit to single digits at 25-16, but that was the closest they would get all night long.  David Shepard hit another three-pointer three seconds before the end of the half to give the Bucs their largest lead of the opening half 49-24.  Brent Finn led the scoring for the Bucs with 13 points including 3 of 6 from 3-point range and David Shepard added 11 points including 3 of 5 from the 3-point line.  Nine of the Bucs scored and pulled down a rebound in the first half with Reece Green leading the rebounding numbers with 6.  The Bucs outrebounded Salish 30-18, including 10 offensive boards.  They also shot 46% from the field, 42% from 3-point range and 78% from the free-throw line while limiting Salish to 28% shooting.

The Buccaneers slowly increased their lead with a balanced attack.  All fourteen Buccaneers in uniform scored 4 points or more and everyone except 1 gathered a rebound.  Six players scored in double figures for the home team, led by Finn’s 17 and followed by Tyrell Harper’s 14, Aaron Frost’s 13, Simon Falokun’s 12, Shepard’s 11 and Taylan Barrett’s 10.  Barrett finished with 9 rebounds to lead the team.    The Bucs blistered the nets in the second half for 77 points on 60% shooting from the field to finish the game with a 54% clip.  They outrebounded Salish 59-34 and only turned it over twice in the second half.  The Buccaneers scored 77 points off the bench, 48 points off of 3-pointers and 15 second chance points.

DCC Coach Joe Peterson was pleased with the effort, “I thought we played a great team game, sharing the ball, making the extra pass and staying focus for the entire 40 minutes.  I think our guys had something to prove after what happened the night before.  If we can play with that effort and teamwork, we will be tough to beat.”

The Bucs are now 4-0 on the young season and continue with their string of 7 games in 11 days by playing Sunday afternoon at 2:00 pm vs. Rocky Mountain College JV and again at home on Wednesday night against Miles Community College.  Rocky Mountain College JV defeated Jamestown College JV 89-59 earlier in the day.