Red Devils defeat Cowboys 44-40
By Kevin Miller
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
The Red Devil boys wrapped up their regular season at home on Saturday against Miles City. The Red Devils got the season sweep over the Cowboys on Senior Night with a 44-40 victory. This was the last game on the DCHS hardwood for seven Red Devils seniors.
The Glendive squad never trailed in the contest and the score was tied just once at 5-5. However, this longtime rivalry with the Cowboys was a tough one for the Devils from start to finish.
Bryden Boehning gave the home team a quick lead after converting a three-point play. Miles City did tie the score at five but by the end of the 1st quarter DCHS was up 11-8. Boehning would score nine of the Devils’ points in the period.
The Devils extended their lead to eight points on two occasions before halftime. Gavin McPherson opened the period with a 3-pointer and then Tanner Schwartz added a deuce to give Glendive the 16-8 lead. Later in the quarter Boehning sank a pair of free throws to make the score 20-12. Brac Warren drilled a 3 just before the end of the half to pull the Cowboys within four. At the break the Devils were up 24-20.
Miles City had the upper hand early on in the third. Twice the Cowboys were within one at 24-23 and at 26-25. The Red Devils then came alive by scoring five straight. Colter Bachmeir started the mini-streak with a three-point play. Boehning then scored down low to put the Devils back up by six. The quarter ended with the Devils up 35-30.
The largest lead of the night came after Glendive scored the first five points of the final frame. Dennis Berg canned a shot from behind the arc. Bachmeier followed up with a goal that put the Red Devils up by 10, 40-30. The Devils’ lead was at nine with under two minutes to play but Miles City refused to give in. The Cowboys ran off seven straight points to get within two at 42-40. Warren scored the last five including a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc with just over 30 seconds remaining.
The Red Devils were able to run the clock down to 13 seconds before the Cowboys were forced to foul. This put Bachmeier at the line with 13.7 seconds were he calmly sank both ends of the one and one. Miles City was unable to score on its next possession. The Devils then had control of the ball and they were able to run out the clock.
Coach Murphy had these comments after the game: “Senior night is always a tough game. There is a lot of emotion and excitement. Miles City is a well-coached team that fights hard to the end. I think it was a typical rivalry game.”
He went on to say, “We missed some opportunities at the line and in the paint that would have given us some separation.”
Glendive was 10-21 from the charity stripe in the game. The Devils especially struggled from the line in the third quarter, making just one of nine attempts.
Boehning was the top scorer and rebounder for DCHS with 17 points and 9 boards. He also blocked four shots. Bachmeier finished with 13 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and 6 rebounds. Bachmeier was 7-9 from the free throw line including a perfect 4-4 in the 4th quarter. Warren had four 3-pointers for the Cowboys and was the leading scorer with 23.
The seven DCHS athletes that were honored on Senior Night were Justin Lemoine, Austin Orcutt, Tanner Schwartz, Colter Bachmeier, Bryden Boehning, Taylor Schwartz and Gavin McPherson.
The Red Devils now head to Billings for the Eastern A tournament as the No. 2 seed. They will have a first round bye then face off with the winner of the Billings Central/Miles City game on Friday at 8 p.m.
The Lady Red Devils will also be in Billings this weekend for their tournament. The Lady Devils will meet up with Miles City on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Miles City 8 12 10 10 - 40
DCHS 11 13 11 9 - 44
Red Devils’ scoring: Gavin McPherson 3, Dennis Berg 3, Tanner Schwartz 4, Colter Bachmeier 13, Bryden Boehning 17, Jarod Asche 4
Cowboys’ scoring: Gavin Gunlach 4, Timy Regan 4, Austin Stradley 4, Brett Keith 5, Brac Warren 23
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