By Tim Huether
The Bennett County boys high school basketball team picked up their first win of the season with a come from behind 60-54 win Jan. 7 in Martin.
The Warriors led 4-1 early on a pair of Jade Byrne free throws and a Kaedom Jack field goal. After Hot Springs went up 6-4, the Warriors rallied back with five straight points to go up 9-6, keyed by a Sam Byrne’s field goal and free throw following the made basket for an old fashioned three point play. The Warriors took a three point lead at the end of the quarter at 11-8.
The Warriors found field goals hard to come by in the second quarter, making six of their 10 points from the free throw line. The Warriors led 21-15 when the visiting Bison scored the half’s final 11 points and took a 26-21 lead at the half.
Hot Springs Benny Benson buried a long three pointer midway through the third quarter to put Hot Springs up 37-27. The Warriors dug down and starting to put it together at both ends and clawed their way back to within one at 39-38, led by Earl Richards three pointer with three seconds to go in the quarter.
A Deryck Two Bulls three pointer and Jade Byrne short range jumper sparked the Warriors to a 43-39 to start the fourth quarter. Both teams played well and all out in the fourth quarter, but Bennett County would not be denied the win and would not give the lead up again as they answered every Bison challenge to hang on for the 60-54 win.
Bench players had solid contributions for the Warriors as Lante Cottier and Braden Louden had big baskets down the stretch.
Deryck Two Bulls played well all night and led the Warriors with 19 points.
Warrior scoring: Deryck Two Bulls 19, Kaedom Jack 9, Earl Richards 9, Jade Byrne 8, Sam Byrne 7, Lante Cottier 4, Braden Louden 2, Brenden Poor Bear 2
The Warrior JV won an exciting game, 36-35. Both teams battled to a tie at 6 after one, then the Warriors led 18-17 at the half. Lante Cottier put in five points in the second quarter and Bodey Waln a three to lead the JV. Cottier added four more and Waln another three in the third quarter to help keep the Warriors on top at 27-24 after three quarters. Earl Richards was the top Warrior in the fourth quarter, scoring seven of the nine points as the home team held on for the one point win, 36-35.
“The entire team put four quarters of basketball together, and didn’t back down when the Bison were up by 12,” said head coach Nick Redden. “This team has an huge amount of potential this season, and have come a long way from the first time they stepped on the court together. They show what patience and team work looks like on the court.”
Bennett County JV scoring: Lante Cottier 10, Earl Richards 9, Bodey Waln 8, Braden Louden 4, Tristan Kills Small 3 and Cesar Shangreaux 2.