The Bowman County Bulldogs added a 72-62 win to their record Saturday, but it won't count in the Region 7 standings.
New Town traveled to Bowman Saturday and left with only its third loss of the season. The Eagles lead Region 8 District 15 with a 1-0 district record and are 2-0 in their region. But against Region 7 foes, Saturday's loss dropped the team to 1-2. The Eagles lost their season opener to Beulah and have beaten Beach.
The Bulldogs had an early 9-5 lead in the first quarter before they took advantage of turnovers and sweeping the defensive boards to turn that four point advantage to an 18-7 lead by the first buzzer.
Senior Caleb Duffield led the charge, getting 11 of his eventual 15 in the first eight minutes of the game.
The Bulldogs kept up the pressure early in the second quarter, building a 22-7 lead before the New Town Eagles would score again.
That 15-point lead would be the cushion that the Bulldogs would use the rest of the game to hold off repeated rallies by the visiting Eagles.
The Bulldogs held a 37-27 lead at halftime.
In the first minutes of the third quarter, the Bulldogs went on another 8-2 run, building a 45-29 lead, but the Eagles came back with four unanswered point to close the gap to 12 (45-33). With two minutes left, the Eagles had cut the Bulldogs' lead to nine (51-42).
The two teams started the final quarter with Bowman County holding a 10-point lead (56-46).
With six minutes left, the Eagles had closed it to eight points, but that was as close as the visitors could get, as Jacob Svihovec took over the inside game for the Bulldogs. The senior had been sidelined for much of the third quarter after picking up a fourth foul.
When he returned, Svihovec scored eight of his eventual 26 poits to help hold off the Eagles.
With under two minutes on the clock, the Bulldogs had taken a 67-54 lead. But a foul and technicalo helped New Town close the gap to nine (67-58) with 1:27 on the clock .
With less than 30 seconds left, Bowman County held a narrow 67-62 lead.
But the Bulldogs went on a 5-0 run to close out the game with a 72-62 victory.
Svihovec led all scorers with 26 points, with 10 coming in the final quarter after he had spent time on the bench with four fouls. He was also a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line, including the game's final points.
Duffield had 15 points while Jaxson Fischer came off the bench in the third quarter for Svihovec and added eight of his eventual 10 points.
Matt Osendorf hit three treys to finish with nine points, one each in the final three quarters.
Gavin Scott finished with six points, while Brody Senn put in four and both Cam Wokal and Clay Heimer added a one each.
Svihovec, Duffield and Osendorf each finished the game with four fouls.
Williams leads Eagles
Tristan Williams led the Eagles in scoring with 25 points, but it was the cold first quarter that doomed the visitors.
After scoring just seven points in the first quarter, the Eagles came back to outscore their hosts in the second quarter (20-19) and match them in the third (19-19) and fourth (16-16).
KhaelDecouteau scored 11 points to be the only other Eagle in double figures. Shooter Stewart had nine points, while Emil Nakapaahu added seven points. Jastyn Good Bird scored six, while Dylan Jones added four points.
The victory improved the Bowman County season record to 6-1 going into Tuesday's (Jan. 14) home game against Lemmon and another Saturday contest (Jan. 18) when they travel to Dickinson Trinity to “host” Underwood in a 2:30 p.m. contest.
The Bulldogs will be back home again when they host Harding County (Jan. 21) and Mott-Regent (Jan. 24).