Senior Cam Wokal’s three-point basket with 50 seconds left in Thursday battle for third place in the Region 7 tournament cut Hazen’s lead to just six points.
But the final points of his career were also his team’s final points of the season as the Bison held on to a 77-68 victory.
The Bison and Bulldogs battled back and forth for most of the game, with Hazen holding the scoring advantage at the first quarter buzzer (24-22) and halftime (37-36), but it was in the third quarter the Bison broke the game open.
Or so Hazen may have thought.
The Bulldogs kept coming back after Hazen.
In the third quarter, the Bison had a 24-17 edge in scoring, but both teams hit a pair of three-pointers in the final minute of the quarter.
Hazen had a 61-53 edge going into the fourth quarter.
A pair of free throws made it a 10-point lead seconds into the final quarter, but Caleb Duffield battled inside to make a second shot count and cut the lead again.
That would be the last Bulldog score for almost three minutes as the Bison built a 68-55 lead before Jacob Svihovec would score with just over four minutes left in the game.
Another Duffield score would cut the lead to 11 points (70-59) with just under four minutes on the clock.
After Hazen’s Garrett Ward sank two free throws, it was Duffield again cutting the lead, this time to 11 points (72-61). Jaxson Fischer and Duffield hit baskets to cut the lead even further 72-65 with two minutes left.
After Austin Richter gave Hazen a 74-65 lead with 1:32 left, Dawson Bruner missed the front end of a one-and-one at the free throw line.
That set up Wokal for his three-pointer with 50 seconds on the clock.
Ahead 74-68, Isaac Doll hit a pair of free throws with 42 seconds left, then Tyson Van Inwgen added another free throw with 27 seconds left to close out the scoring.
Seniors Doll and Ward led the Bison scoring stampede with 26 and 24, respectively. Richter added 12 points as the Bison got 62 points from their top three scorers.
The Bulldogs were led by Duffield, who scored 22 points in his final game for Bowman County. Svihovec added 17 points, while Wokal finished with 11 points. Fischer and Matt Osendorf each scored six points, while Brady Senn and Clay Heimer each had three points.
Beulah wins title
Sophomore Trey Brandt hit a fall away jumper from the paint with less than a second left to give Beulah the Region 7 title Thursday over the Trinity Titans.
The two teams were tied at 54-54 with just 21 seconds remaining on the clock after the Miners hit a three pointer.