Bulldogs’ tournament run ends against Owyhee

Bulldogs’ tournament run ends against Owyhee

Bulldogs’ tournament run ends against Owyhee

The McDermitt High School boys basketball team and Carlin like to play overtime games. 

When the two teams played on Feb. 10 in McDermitt, the Bulldogs overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 59-58 in overtime.

The two teams met again on Tuesday, Feb. 15, in McDermitt in the opening round of the Northern 1A East Regional Championships. 

The Railroaders won a coin toss over Wells to earn the No. 5 seed and the Bulldogs were hosting its first-ever playoff game.

After a very slow start in the first half in which Carlin stalled for much of the first and second quarters, McDermitt won another overtime game 34-33 as the action picked up in the second half. 

The Bulldogs used a triangle-and-2 defense in the first half and Carlin was content on throwing the ball around the floor above the 3-point line.

Carlin made the only field goal of the opening eight minutes at the halfway mark. McDermitt managed just one free throw in the first quarter, that coming from Braeden Ransey. The Railroaders led 4-1 after the first quarter.

The Bulldogs had the advantage of having the opening possession of the second quarter and took advantage, as Ramsey converted an old-fashioned 3-point play to tie the game, seven second into the quarter.

More than three minutes later, the Railroaders took a 7-4 lead, but McDermitt would come back with bucket from Enrique Villalobos and a 3-pointer by Ramsey to lead 9-8 at halftime.

The action quickly picked up at the start of the third quarter, as Ramsey added two baskets and Kess Hinkey and Tristan Bitt added baskets to push the McDermitt lead to 17-8.

The Railroaders cut the gap to 18-16 late in the third quarter, when Villalobos added another bucket to push the lead to 20-16.

The Bulldogs looked to be in control and led 28-19 after baskets by Ramsey and Villalobos.

However, McDermitt did not score in the final couple minutes and Carlin battled back with a 9-0 run, including a 3-pointer as time expired to send the game into overtime.

Carlin grabbed a 29-28 lead in overtime off a free throw, but McDermitt took control when Jeremiah Horn entered for an injured Elias Smart and contributed quickly, scoring off an inbounds play to make the score 34-31. 

Despite a late Bulldogs’ turnover, Carlin could not get a god look at the basket to tie the game. 

Ramsey and Villalobos paced McDermitt with 18 and 10 points, respectively. Horn, Bitt and Hinkey each had two points.

Owyhee 74, 

McDermitt 28

McDermitt traveled to Elko High School on Friday for the semifinals of the Northern 1A East Regional Championships and lost to top-seeded Owyhee 74-28.

Owyhee scored 27 points in each of the first two quarters to lead 54-18, which included a 27-5 run in the opening eight minutes of action.

Eureka upset Owyhee in the regional final. At the NIAA 1A State Championships this weekend in Las Vegas, Pyramid Lake will play Spring Mountain and Pahranagat Valley will play Owyhee. 

In the bottom portion of the bracket, Eureka plays Mineral County and GC Christian plays Sage Ridge. Those games will be played at the Cox Pavilion on the campus of UNLV.

The semifinals will be played at Chaparral on Friday and the title games moves back to the Cox Pavilion on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.