Wolves down Dickinson Trinity in OT
By Neal A. Shipman
The Watford City boys basketball team split in varsity basketball action this past week as the Wolves fell to the Parshall Braves, 66-63, on Tuesday before bouncing back to pick up a 56-50 overtime win over Dickinson Trinity on Saturday.
This week, the Wolves, who are 10-7 on the season, will enter the District 15 Tournament. The tournament will begin on Feb. 13 at the Northern Lights Community Center in New Town.
As the No. 2 seed in the tournament, the Wolves will receive a first round bye with their first tournament game taking place at 7 p.m. on Friday against the winner of the North Shore/Plaza vs. Mandaree game.
Parshall 66, Watford City 63
Watford City very nearly pulled off a huge come-from-behind win over the Parshall Braves last Tuesday. But while the Wolves had all of the momentum in the fourth quarter, Watford City just wasn’t able to dig itself out of the 14-point hole they found themselves in after three quarters of play.
After playing a very close first quarter, which saw the Braves hold a 14-13 lead, Parshall opened up its lead to five points, 36-31, at halftime.
But a disastrous third quarter of scoring proved to be Watford City’s undoing. In the third quarter, the Braves went on a 17-8 scoring spree from which Watford City wasn’t able to recover.
David Kline and Mitchell Liebel provided the Wolves’ offensive one-two punch as the pair netted 25 and 16 points, respectively.
Also scoring for Watford City was Logan Fettig with eight points, Andrew Sampsel with six points, Bo Cook with four points, while Dustin Kleppen and Seth Indergard ended the game with two points each.
Watford City 13 31 39 63
Parshall 14 36 53 66
Watford City 56, Dickinson Trinity 50 (OT)
Whenever Watford City and Dickinson Trinity match up on the hard court, it is bound to be a great game. And on Saturday, the two teams squared off with the Wolves pulling out a 56-50 overtime win over the Titans.
In a classic battle, the two teams played to a 12-12 first quarter tie, before the Wolves took a 24-23 lead into the lockers at halftime.
Watford City extended its lead to three points, 36-33, going into the final eight minutes of regulation play. But Dickinson Trinity would battle back to deadlock the game, 44-44, as the buzzer sounded to end regulation play.
The Wolves controlled the offensive action in overtime outscoring the Titans 12-6 to take the win.
Three Watford City players ended the game with double-figure scoring with David Kline pacing the Wolves with 14 points, while Logan Fettig and Seth Indergard netted 12 and 10 points, respectively, in the win.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Dustin Kleppen with eight points, while Mitchell Liebel and Andrew Sampsel ended the game with six points each.
Watford City 12 24 36 44 56
Dick. Trinity 12 23 33 44 50