The DCC Buccaneers Men’s Basketball moved to 2-0 on the season with a 102-79 win vs. the Eastern Montana All-Stars. The All-Stars team was made up of former DCC players and other players who had played college basketball. The Bucs jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on a traditional 3 point play by Simon Falokun and a long range 3 point play by Brent Finn. Tate Savoie added another 3 pointer to put the Bucs up 9-3, but the All-Stars came roaring back to tie it at 11 on a 3 pointer by former Buccaneer Parker Westgard. The Bucs then went on a 15-0 run with a 3 pointer from Tyler Tanner and a couple of baskets by Taylan Barrett and Fernando Lopez. Once again, the All-Stars fought back and closed it to a 3 point deficit at 30-27 with 5:20 left in the first half. The Bucs closed out the half strong, but the All-Stars Reggie Fields hit a 3-pointer at the end of the half to pull within 10 points at 48-38. Most of the Bucs first half scoring came from the outside with Finn and Savoie scoring 8 points each. Lopez led the Bucs with 9 points and Falokun had 7 points with 10 rebounds. For the All-Stars, Reggie Fields had 15 points and 6 rebounds and Jake Buck had 11 points. Twelve turnovers by the Bucs helped keep the All-Stars in the game.
Finn got the Bucs off to a good start in the 2nd half with free throws and a couple of three pointers. The Bucs build up an 18 point lead in the 2nd half, but the All-Stars weren’t going to go down without a fight. They got a couple of inside baskets from Ben Rowe and Josh Stickel hit a three to pull within 4 points at 70-66. The Bucs scored the next 8 points, all by Falokun, to build their lead back up and then they never looked back as they built a 23 point lead to finish the game off 102-79.
Once again, just like in the first game, all twelve Buccaneers got in the scoring column and in the rebound column. They were led by Finn’s 18 points. Falokun also put up 18 points and 18 rebounds in 18 minutes. Barrett finished with 14, Savoie 13. Michele Capasso and Lopez had 9 and Tyler Tanner added 8. Fields led the All-Stars with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Buck had 12 and Stickel 11. The Buccaneers shot 45% from the field and nailed 10 3-pointers while holding the visitors to 33% shooting.
The Bucs will be hosting a 3 game set next weekend with games on Friday night at 7:30 pm against Jamestown College JV, Saturday against Salish Kootenai at 6:00 pm and Sunday at 4:00 pm against Rocky Mountain College JV.