Hazen opens season 2-0
By Jarann Johnson
The Hazen Bison opened their schedule with one of the perceived weaker teams in Region 5 – Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky – and another team ranked high in the state polls – No. 3 Des Lacs-Burlington. The Bison topped both teams with a Friday-Saturday sweep.
The Bison played really well on Friday beating TL-M-M 80-37. The Bison were too much for the young rebuilding team. Dominick Opp had an incredible game shooting 100 percent from the field and free-throw line on his way to 18 points in the win. So the Bison moved their focus to No. 3 Des-Lacs Burlington. They would need another great performance from a key player for the win. Instead on one great performance the Bison got two great performances.
The Bison’s upset hopes got a little bump when Chris Duke – a 2012-13 all-district and all-region selection – was ejected from the first game of the year. Duke got two technicals – one for dunking in warmups and the other for disagreeing with a referee on Friday night making him ineligible for Saturday’s game.
Early on it was apparent that replacing Duke and his 19.5 points per game from last season weren’t going to be easy. But the Bison were struggling to find scoring options early too. At the halfway point of the first quarter DL-B led 8-3. That’s when Hazen coach, Randy Johnson, made a key substitution.
Johnson subbed in Wyatt Carr, a freshman post, and the Bison started to click. Carr scored seven straight – giving the Bison a 10-8 lead. From there the Bison closed out the first period well and led 18-10.