Mustangs quartered by Bulldogs
The Hardin Bulldogs boys basketball team overcame consistency issues from previous games for a solid four quarters last Friday night, defeating the Shepherd Mustangs 76-68. Three players helped secure the victory by scoring in the double digits.
The fourth quarter had been a sore spot for the team in previous games, but Head Coach Jonathan Stands helped them pull through with a basketball staple: statistics.
“Over the week we went over stats and showed them areas were we need to improve, and they got the message,” he said. “There was real production in all four quarters of the game.”
At the end of the first quarter, Hardin was up by 2 points with a 15-13 lead, from which they never looked back. The second quarter was once again strong for the Bulldogs with 21 points scored, giving them a 36-28 lead going into half time.
At the end of the first half, Frank Two Bulls led the scoring with 10 points, followed by Zion Red Star with 8 points. Oliver Wallace dumped in 7, Tyzell Harvey with two 3-pointers for 6 and Jalen Two Bulls topped it off with another 3-pointer.
The third quarter was no different. The Bulldogs came out strong, putting up 25 points. Wallace contributed over a third of the team’s score that quarter with 9 points.
“Wallace had a big third quarter,” said Stands. “He’s starting to spread his game all over the court.”
Stands pointed out that Wallace was again being triple teamed.
By the end of the third period, Hardin led Shepherd 61-46.
Hardin dumped in 9 points from the 3-point line with Red Star, Wallace and Carlos Salazar each putting in a 3-pointer.
Darnell Lefthand was good for 6 points.
The fourth quarter again was solid for Hardin with an additional 15 points.
One problem, noted by Stands, was turnovers in the first half.
“We had 12 turnovers at halftime,” he said. “We talked about taking care of the ball. The second half, there we only three turnovers.”
The Bulldogs had an overall shooting percentage of 41 percent, 20 steals and 10 assists. A week ago against Sidney, Hardin only shot 25 percent, had 20 turnovers, seven steals and two assists.
“The biggest thing for me is they improved in each area we needed to improve in,” said Stands. “Each player saw there needed to be improvement and consistency was crucial.”
Hardin 76, Shepherd 68
Hardin 15 21 25 15 - 76
Shepherd 13 15 18 22 - 68
H: Carlos Salazar 4, Tyzell Harvey 6, Jalen Two Bulls 2, Zion Red Star 16, Gabe Bird In Ground 5, Alvin Turns Plenty 3, Frank Two Bulls 12, Larry McCormick 6, Oliver Wallace 16, Darnell Lefthand 6.
S: Hyrum Hanson 4, Landon Murray 10, Chad Nebel 7, John Mushaben 29, Cole Torgerson 2, Logan DeHaven 3, Payton Jens 5, Colter Feuerstein 8.