Wolves pick up three wins
By Neal A. Shipman
Watford City’s varsity boys basketball team upped its season record to 8-2 this past week as the Wolves picked up three wins, defeating Tioga, 77-36, Mandaree, 86-48, and Divide County, 69-60.
Watford City’s next action will be on Thursday when the Wolves travel to Trinity Christian at Williston. On Friday the Wolves will host Bowman and then travel to Stanley on Tuesday, Jan. 25.
Watford City 77, Tioga 36
Watford City held Tioga to single-digit scoring in the first three quarters of play en route to a 77-36 win over the Pirates last Tuesday.
Behind a very balanced scoring attack that saw four Watford City players score in double figures, the Wolves jumped out to a 25-5 first- quarter lead, and then outscored the Pirates, 29-9 and 16-7, in the next two quarters of play.
Tyler Flatland paced Watford City in scoring with 19 points, while Trey Jacobson netted 17 points in the win. Also scoring in double figures for the Wolves was Curtis Lohse and Shawn Fulwider with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Nick Liebel with eight points, Sean Walker with three points, while Tyler Bates, Sterling Ross and Reid Brown netted two points each.
Watford City 23 52 66 77
Tioga 5 14 21 36
Watford City 86, Mandaree 48
Behind a strong second-quarter offensive effort and a stifling defense, Watford City easily defeated the Mandaree Warriors, 86-48, in a District 15 matchup on Thursday evening.
After holding a 21-13 first-quarter lead, the Wolves completely shut down Mandaree in the second stanza as Watford City went on a 27-4 scoring spree to post a 48-17 halftime lead to put the game on ice. The Wolves would outscore Mandaree, 20-10, in the third quarter while the Warriors would post a 21-18 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter.
Watford City had three players score in double digits in the win with Trey Jacobson pacing the Wolves with 20 points, while Shawn Fulwider and Curtis Lohse ended the game with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Dylan Costello and Matt Yellow Wolf paced the Warriors in scoring with 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Tyler Bates, Nick Liebel, Tyler Flatland and Jason Shipman with eight points each, Sterling Ross with four points and Mitchell Liebel with two points.
Also scoring for Mandaree was Casey Bolman with seven points, Steven Good Bird with six points, while Dayne Fox and Garrett Vigen netted four points each.
Watford City 21 48 68 86
Mandaree 13 17 27 48
Watford City 69, Divide County 60
Curtis Lohse provided the spark that Watford City needed to open up a lead in the second quarter as the Watford City Wolves knocked off the Divide County Maroons, 69-60, at the Williston State College Well on Saturday evening.
Lohse, who closed out the Wolves’ first quarter scoring with a three-pointer, poured in four back-to-back treys for Watford City in the second quarter to hold the Maroons at bay.
The Wolves led the Maroons, 21-16, at the end of the first quarter and 39-33 at halftime. Watford would outscore Divide County, 19-14, in the third quarter and then hold on for the win.
Lohse, who ended the game canning six of eight from three-point land, led the Wolves in scoring with 22 points, while Tyler Flatland and Trey Jacobson netted 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Nick Liebel and Shawn Fulwider with seven points each, Tyler Bates with five points and Jason Shipman with two points.
For the game, the Wolves shot 25 of 52 from the field, eight of 14 from behind the arc and were good on 11 of 28 at the free-throw line.
Watford City 21 39 58 69
Divide County 16 33 47 60