The DCC Men’s Basketball team moved to 10-1 on the season with a 99-86 win over Little Big Horn College Rams. For the first time all year, the Bucs found themselves down early on as the Rams jumped out to a good start. DCC kept chipping away throughout the first half in a wild up and down affair. Both teams pushed it hard in transition and at times it looked like a track meet. Despite all of the running and opportunities created, neither team was very efficient. The Rams only shot 39% from the field and had 10 turnovers in the first half. The Bucs weren’t much better at 42% shooting and 9 turnovers. Even worse, DCC was 0-12 from 3-point range, but they did score inside with Simon Falokun scoring 8 points to go along with 8 rebounds and Fernando Lopez coming off the bench to get 12 points. Dawson led 41-40 at halftime.
In the second half, the outside shots were still not falling for the Buccaneers, but they got a lot of shots inside by getting to the basket, post-ups and second chance points. The Bucs took control early in the half and maintained the advantage until the final buzzer sounded and they walked away with another victory. They shot 60% from the field in the 2nd half and outrebounded the Rams by 10 in each half. Falokun kept up his good interior play in the 2nd half with 15 more points and 5 rebounds to finish the game with 23 points on 11-13 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds. DCC sealed the win with good shooting from the free throw line in the final 20 minutes where they went 13-17. Lopez finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds. David Shepard, Brent Finn and Reece Green also finished in double figures with 16, 12 and 10 respectively.
DCC Coach Joe Peterson stated, “It was nice to get another road win, especially when we didn’t have a good shooting night. One of the best things about our team is that we have good depth and can win games in different ways. Sometimes it is with jumpshots, other times with drives or post-ups; sometimes we might have to execute in the half-court and other times it might come more in transition. We have a lot of guys who bring different things to the table. Stephen Fisher and Fernando Lopez really gave us a spark off the bench tonight. We wouldn’t have won this game without them.”
The schedule gets more challenging for the Bucs as they head to Powell, Wyoming this weekend to take on Northwest College and Sheridan College. Then next week they will play at Miles City and then home on Friday, Dec. 8th against Northwest College again. The game time on December 8th has been changed to 3:30 pm.