(Editor's note: DCC Athletics release)
GLENDIVE - The Dawson Community College basketball men are still perfect this early conference season after blasting Dakota College Bottineau 109-50 on Sunday.
Dawson raced out to a 19-3 lead to start the game and scored 40 points in the first ten minutes. Dakota College (5-14, 0-4) turned it over 23 times in the first half. leading to 31 points by Dawson. Dawson connected on 12 3-pointers in the first half alone and found themselves up 64-28 at the break. Dawson didn't score as much in the second half (45), but held Dakota College to 22 points to take the 109-50 victory.
"After a big win on the road Thursday night, I was pleased to see our guys come out still hungry," head coach Joe Peterson said. "They played with a lot of effort from the opening tip and didn't let up. It's easy when you get up by so much early to get selfish, but I thought they were incredibly unselfish all night and looked to make the extra pass. We have a big week ahead against two really good teams on the road, so it's nice to go into it with a little momentum."
Dawson (15-6, 4-0) posted 5 guys in double figures. Camron Dunfee (6'3 sophomore guard) led them with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Roulervee Vann (6'0 freshman guard) 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jaron Masis (6'9 sophomore forward) had 13 points on 5-6 shooting. Kolten Hitt (6'2 sophomore guard) and CJ Nelson (6'0 sophomore guard) both had 12 points.
Dawson is now on the road for three straight games. Thursday they will be at Williston, Sunday at Miles City, then following Thursday at United Tribes. Their next home game is on February 2 vs. Bismarck State.
In the women's game Dakota Bottineau was able to win the first quarter up as many as 14 before Dawson's women picked up the pace and outscored Dakota College the next two quarters. Dawson won 68-60, but not without a little scare.
The Lady Jacks converted 14 points off of DCC's 19 turnovers. Dakota had better shooting percentages from the field (38% to 35%) and the free throw line (61% to 60%); however, Dawson had more steals (10 to 6), and shot better from the 3-point line (32% to 29%), and had 17 second chance points to the Lady Jack's 2. The Lady Buccaneers also did some damage by outscoring DCB off the bench 27-4. Another major impact was Dawson's advantage on the boards, 58-31.
Ashya Klopfenstein led the team with another double double of 18 points and 14 rebounds, along with a game high of 6 steals. Ashley Orozco had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Haley Olson chipped in with 11 points, shooting 3-9 from beyond the arc, while having 6 rebounds and 1 steal.
While the game had 4 lead changes and 3 ties, Coach Romeo Lagmay, Jr. was glad to see his players always compete.
"When its conference time, everyone is competing for that top spot," he said. "We have a very strong women's side in the Mon-Dak Conference. There are no breaks. It could be anyone's victory among 6 of our teams. Tonight we showed some weak one on one defense, but as a whole, it's good to see our Lady Bucs compete, regardless the score, and tonight it went our way."
The Lady Bucs will travel to Williston, ND to take on the Lady Tetons of Williston State College on Thursday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m.