Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bulldog boys defeat Glendive, lose to Billings Central

Central game decided by 1 point in overtime
The Hardin Bulldog boy’s basketball team split their last two games of the regular season, losing to Billings Central 66-67 in overtime on Feb.17 and defeating Glendive 54-44 on Saturday.
The Rams came out strong in the first quarter, putting up 19 points compared to 8 for Hardin.
“We knew they were at home and they would come out strong,” said Head Coach Jonathan Stands. “We came back from 21 against Lodge Grass and won and we weathered Central’s storm as well.”
In the second quarter it was just the opposite; Hardin scored 19 points while Central was only able to put up 9.
Going into the half, Hardin was only down by 1 point with the score 27-28. 
In the first quarter, Zion Red Star, Frank Two Bulls, Oliver Wallace and Darnell Left Hand each put in 2 points.
The second quarter, Hardin started hitting with two 3-pointers from Larry McCormick and another from Left Hand. Two Bulls put up three 2-point shots and Tyzell Harvey was good for 2. Red Star sank two from the free throw line.
In the third and fourth quarters, it was a back-and-forth affair with Hardin having a 2-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
Hardin was led by McCormick with his 9 points from the 3-point line, and Carlos Salazar and Red Star each hitting once from 3-point territory. Two Bulls and Left Hand were both good for 2. 
In the fourth, the game continued on a back-and-forth slant Billings leading, then Hardin leading, ending with a tie and sending the game into overtime.
Wallace led Hardin in the fourth with 7 points, Red Star 4 and Turns Plenty and Left Hand with 2.
In overtime, Central turned the ball over to Wallace who put Hardin up by 2. Central then hit a 3-pointer followed by Turns Plenty who hit from the 3-point line, giving Hardin a 2-point lead.
With 37 seconds left in overtime, Central put up 3 points for a single point lead and the victory.
“It was just one of those things. The boys played a really good game,” said Stands. “I’m real happy with the way they played. They kept their composure.”
Hardin traveled to Glendive Saturday evening to meet the Red Devils on their senior night.
At the end of the first quarter, Glendive led by 1 point, but it was in the second the Bulldogs started pulling away. Hardin outscored Glendive 15 to 11 and went into the half with a 25-22 lead.
Harvey led the Bulldogs with 7 first half points, followed by McCormick with 6, both from the 3-point line. Wallace and Red Star scored 5 points apiece and Left Hand helped with another 2.
At the third quarter, Hardin continued pulling away from Glendive, outscoring the Red Devils by 2 points, and they put the game away in the fourth by shooting 15 points to Glendive’s 10.
Wallace and Red Star each had 14 points, and Harvey and McCormick had 9. Left Hand had 6 and Beau Venne put in 2.
“We played smart and moved the ball around,” said Stands. “In the last two minutes of the game, they had to foul us.”
This Thursday, Hardin will be at the Metra for the Eastern A Divisional Tournament. 
“We are confident going into the Metra,” said Stands. “These boys are ready to get after it.”
Hardin 66, Billing Central 67
Hardin                     8    19    19    15    5    66
Billings Central     19      9    16    17    6    67   
Hardin 54, Glendive 44
Hardin      10    15    14    15    54
Glendive   11    11    12    10    44