Posted 2/10/15 (Tue)
By Neal A. Shipman
The Watford City varsity boys basketball team dropped a pair of games this week as the Wolves fell to the Beulah Miners, 65-47, on Friday evening, and then lost to the Heart River Cougars, 53-47, on Saturday evening.
With the split, the Wolves’ season record stands at 8-7. Watford City’s next action will be on Friday when the Wolves travel to Dickinson to take on Dickinson Trinity.
Beulah 65, Watford City 47
While Watford City held a 16-14 first quarter lead against Beulah on Friday evening, the Wolves struggled in the second and third quarters against the Miners.
Beulah took advantage of poor shooting by Watford City in the second quarter as the Miners outscored the Wolves, 12-6, to take a 26-22 lead into the lockers at halftime. Beulah would continue to build on its lead in the third quarter of play as the Miners went on a 22-9 scoring spree to put the game out of Watford City’s reach.
David Kline and Cameron Runnels paced the Wolves in scoring with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
Rounding out the scoring for Watford City was Logan Fettig with seven points, Seth Indergard with four points, while Bo Cook, Charlie Villanueva and Korbin Knutson netted two points each.
Watford City 16 22 31 47
Beulah 14 26 48 65
Heart River 53, Watford City 47
A slow start put Watford City in a deep hole that they could not climb out of on Saturday as the Wolves fell to the Heart River Cougars, 53-47.
The Wolves, who could only muster four points in the first quarter trailed Heart River, 10-4, at the end of the first eight minutes of play.
“A very slow first three quarters and a lack of a true effort in the first three quarters contributed to this loss,” stated Randy Cranston, Wolves’ head coach. “We did show effort and heart in the fourth quarter as we started the fourth down 17 points.”
Down by 17 points going into the fourth quarter, the Wolves battled back to trail the Cougars by just one point with 40 seconds left in the game. Heart River then canned a three-pointer to extend the lead to four with 37 seconds left, leaving the Wolves with no choice but to foul in order to get the ball back.
“I was not pleased with our effort the first three quarters,” stated Cranston. “However, the team did not give up and we walked away with some confidence and a good feeling that we can have success against good teams if we exceed their effort.”
Watford City had three players score in double digits in the contest with David Kline, Cameron Runnels and Charlie Villanueva each netting 10 points, while Seth Indergard scored seven points.
Also scoring for the Wolves was Logan Fettig with five points and Cole McGorman with three points.”
Watford City 4 17 25 47
Heart River 10 30 42 53