(Editor's note: DCC Athletics release)
The Dawson Community College Buccaneer men’s basketball team won its eighth straight game since the start of the new year behind a monster game from 6’-3" sophomore guard Camron Dunfee who scored 37 points on the night. Dunfee shot 14-21 from the field and 9-14 from the 3-point line to lead the Bucs to a 110-97 victory over the United Tribes Technical College Thunderbirds in Bismarck, ND on Thursday night.
United Tribes is 4-3 in the league and sitting in 4th place.
UTTC had a hot shooting night connecting on 52% from the field, 57% from the 3 point line and 86% from the free throw line. Dawson was pretty average in the first half offensively, but busted out in the 2nd half for 65 points by shooting 54% from the field and 61% from the 3 point line. Dunfee was a big part of that with 23 points in the final twenty minutes. The visitors also forced 21 turnovers and owned the glass which led to a 14-0 advantage in second chance points.
Dawson Coach Joe Peterson talked about his team, “We faced some adversity with one of our keys guys out of the lineup and a couple of others battling injuries and illnesses. We also faced a really tough team that was on a roll. Our guys just keep competing for a full forty minutes and always keep believing in each other. Cam was huge for us tonight. I’m not sure we win that game without him getting hot.”
Four other Bucs (18-6, 7-0) were in double figures besides Dunfee. Beau Santistevan (6'7 sophomore forward) finished with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Man Man Baker (6'0 sophomore guard) had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Devin Collins (6'5 sophomore forward) had 14 points and 5 rebounds while shooting 5-6 from the field. CJ Nelson (6'0 sophomore guard) had 12 points.
Tate Bear (6'5 freshman forward) led UTTC (12-8, 4-3) with 28 points.
After 16 lead changes and 8 ties, DCC's women (4-3, 12-12) held off United Tribes Technical College 76-72.
Dawson's women out-rebounded the T-Birds 61-50 and outscored them off the bench 30-7. Despite 19 turnovers and 45% free throw shooting, the Lady Bucs used their full court and half court pressure to collect 14 steals and kept their composure to win the game.
Head Coach Romeo Lagmay, Jr. said, "I knew United Tribes was not going to let us off the hook. Coach Peltier has her girls playing well, and they are not to be taken lightly. We are proud of our Lady Bucs keeping their composure in pressure situations. It's great to have our team go through that so we can prepare for more battle tested opponents in the future."
Ashya Klopfenstein collected another double double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, to go along with 2 assists and a game high 6 steals and 4 blocks. Mar Marata Crespo had a break out game with a double double of her own with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Tamiya Francis had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Ashley Orozco scored 10 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, dished out a game high 5 assists and collected 2 steals.
The T-Birds fall to 1-6, 7-13.
DCC returns home on Sunday, February 2 to host Bismarck State College for the first time this season in conference action at 1:00 p.m.
Sunday will also mark the annual Barefoot Coaching game raising awareness and funds promoting a national and worldwide campaign for those in need of footwear.