Bulldogs secure third place with decisive win over Bishop Ryan

Mar. 18—MINOT — Whether it was in response to the heartbreaking, 63-61, semifinal loss to eventual Division B State Champions Westhope/Newburg on Friday, March 15, 2024 or not, Bowman County came back roaring and defeated the Bishop Ryan Lions the next day in the third-place game at the Minot State Dome with a dominant, 62-48 performance that took some of the edge off the previous loss.

After taking a slim, 19-17 lead after the first period, the Bulldogs chomped down on Bishop Ryan with a suffocating defense and held the Lions to only 7 points in the last eight minutes of the first half, while heading to the locker rooms with a commanding 38-24 lead.

Coming out of the halftime break, the shoe was on the other foot as Bishop Ryan closed the gap by limiting the 'Dawgs to a single-digit, 9-point third quarter that created some mild tension for BCHS as the teams went into the final frame. But the Bulldogs were having none of the previous fourth-quarter difficulties and ran away with a 15-11 final quarter on the way to the 62-48 victory.

Bohden Duffield tied Bishop Ryan's Jett Lundeen for the game-high at 21 points in another fantastic performance, while his twin brother, Bishop, notched 18 and also was tied with the Lions' Ramsey Walz in double-figures. No other Bishop Ryan nor Bulldog athlete came close to the 10-point barrier, although Nathan Dix scored 6.

Defensively, Bishop Duffield had a field-day with 7 steals and pulled down 6 boards. Bohden Duffield snared a team-high 7 rebounds on the afternoon and Walz had an amazing 18-rebound game to give the Lions a narrow, 30-29 advantage, although BCHS did carry a 14-11 lead on the offensive glass. Roman Fossum, meanwhile, led the game in assists with 4.

The 'Dawgs shot 44.1% from the field, which included a 9-21, 42.9% game from behind the arc as Bohden Duffield again was a sharpshooter from 3-point range at 3-of-5. Bishop Ryan was a miserable 9.1% in 3-pointers, and Bowman County also created 21 points off turnovers to the Lions 8, while the Bulldogs scored 17 off second-chance buckets to BRHS's 11. Bohden and Bishop Duffield also were named to the Division B State All-Tournament Team, along with Walz and Lundeen from Bishop Ryan.

The game ends BCHS's season at 25-2 overall and dropped the Lions to a 23-5 record.

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