The host team, Northwest College, took care of Dawson in the nightcap of the first day of the Big Horn Federal Tournament in Powell, Wyoming. Dawson started out strong, leading 9-6 four minutes into the game on a fastbreak lay-up by Reece Green, but the Trappers of Northwest scored 13 straight to take the lead 19-9. They kept a pretty good cushion for most of the first half and Jordan Banks capped the half with a 25 footer with 4 seconds to go to give Northwest a 47-28 lead. They shot 67% in the opening half and collected 7 offensive rebounds on their 10 missed shots. Umar Jalloh led the way with 12 points on 5 of 6 shooting. Both teams turned it over a lot in a sloppy first half with Dawson coughing it up 13 times and Northwest 15 times.
Halfway through the 2nd half the Bucs found themselves down 62-46, but they fought hard to get back into the game. Over the next few minutes they went on a 14-2 run that was fueled by a couple of 3-pointers from Brent Finn and buckets by Tate Savoie, Simon Falokun and David Shepard. Shepard’s lay-up cut the score to 66-60, but Axel Okongo countered with a jump hook on the other end. Finn hit a couple of free throws to pull within 6 again, though that was as close as the Bucs would end up getting. The Trappers hit a three, and then got several driving lay-ups to break it back open and win convincingly 81-67.
Dawson won the second half 39-34, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the big half-time deficit. Four Trappers were in double figures and they outrebounded the visitors 42-30. Finn had a game high 25 points and Falokun added 14 points and 9 rebounds.
DCC Coach Joe Peterson wasn’t pleased, “They were a heck of a lot tougher than we were tonight. They were quicker to loose balls and crashed the boards hard. We played soft and they took advantage of it.”
The Bucs don’t have much time to rest as they tip off at 1:00 pm on Saturday vs. Sheridan College who is 11-1 on the season.