January 22, 2009

Hazen battles back against Bowman

Whoever said basketball is a game of runs, could never be proven more accurate.

The Hazen boys fell behind by double-digits in the early going, only to scrap their way back to a gutsy 62-57 home Region 7 win last Friday night over the Bowman County Bulldogs.

Momentum doesn’t shift by accident, Hazen head coach Randy Johnson said, but instead must be created.

"The one thing with runs is you want to make sure your runs are longer than theirs. The key thing to creating that run is playing well defensively," Johnson said. "I think our kids had a lot of energy on defense; they had some fire in their blood. I think that really helped us do a better job offensively, too."

The Hazen boys came out with bounce in their step, with Hazen junior Baylee Carr taking the opening tip hard to the hole to earn a trip to the free-throw line, where he sank two of two. Senior scorer Chad Marshall entered the game with just under three minutes left, and immediately contributed with an offensive board and trip to the free-throw line, where he sank one of two.

The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter, before the Bulldogs pulled out to an 18-9 lead despite the best efforts of a harassing full-court pressure by the Bison.

It was height versus height in the early going, and Bowman County’s height – led by 6-foot 5-inch senior post Tyler Fischer – was winning out.

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