The Bunceton boys basketball team played just well enough to beat the Stover Bulldogs 81-75 in double overtime Wednesday night at Bunceton.
The Dragons, improving to 6-8 overall, trailed Stover by one (25-24) at the break but rallied back with a 17-13 advantage in the third quarter to go up 41-38. However, in the final period, Stover outscored Bunceton by three (21-18) to tie the game at 59-all at the end of regulation. Meanwhile, after both teams tallied 12 points in the first overtime, the Dragons came back and outscored the Bulldogs 10-4 in the second overtime for the win.
“Another hard fought victory for these boys,” said Bunceton coach Dustin Ray. “We did not have a very good game as a team.  We played a lot of  selfish basketball, and it should have cost us this win.  On the bright side of things, we had multiple guys step up and score tonight.  Dillon Alpers had a great game scoring 32 points, and Dylan Flatt scored a season high of 15, hitting a big shot to take us to the second OT.”
Dillon Alpers scored a game-high 32 points while pulling down 10 rebounds for a double-double. He also had two steals.
Dylan Flatt finished the game with 15 points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist while Brayden Doyle added 13 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one assist, Jason Burnett 13 points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds, Hunter Shuffield eight points, eight rebounds and one assist and Layne Maddex with four rebounds.
The Dragons finished the game shooting 32 percent from the field but were 56 percent from the foul line.
For Stover, Charlie Black had 32, Hunter Wolfe 13, Chad Notting 12 and Lucas Randall 11.
As for the Bunceton girls, they fell against Stover 69-58.
The Lady Dragons, dropping to 5-10 overall, trailed Stover 36-28 at the half and 53-39 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Bunceton rallied back with a 19-16 advantage.
“Stover came in ready to shoot and they did that very well,” said Bunceton coach Dustin Ray. “We did our part in rebounding when they missed, which wasn’t very often.  Chloe Moser had a great game scoring 27 points and adding 16 rebounds.  We missed far too many free throws to be in a situation to win this game.  In my opinion, fatigue is getting to us, but the last few weeks before districts is a grind.  We have to answer the call and continue to play hard.”
Chloe Moser finished the game with a double-double for Bunceton with 26 points and 16 rebounds. She also had three steals and one assist.
Madelynn Myers tallied 16 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal while Taylyn Heilman added six points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist, Maddie Brandes four points and eight rebounds, Cara Bishop three points, five rebounds and one steal and Taylor Burnett with two points, four rebounds and one assist.
The Lady Dragons finished the game shooting just 30 percent from the field and 50 percent from the foul line.
For Stover, Emily Bauer had 25 points and Jenna Bellis with 24.
Bunceton girls edge Jamestown, 49-48
The Bunceton girls basketball team scored a huge win in the CCAA conference Tuesday night by turning back the Jamestown Lady Eagles 49-48.
The Lady Dragons, improving to 5-9 overall and 2-1 in league play, trailed Jamestown 24-18 at the half and 36-32 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 17-12 advantage in the final period for the victory.
“Overall we played a very poor game for our standards,” said Bunceton coach Dustin Ray. “We were able to hold off a good shooting Jamestown team long enough to get a victory.  Huge game for Taylor Burnett with 22 points.  She had a very good night.  Cara Bishop also added a season high 10 points to the game.  As a whole, we are still struggling to figure out how to have success together.  I cannot wait to see what happens when we do.”
In addition to scoring a game-high 22 points, senior Taylor Burnett also had three steals, two assists and one rebound for the Lady Dragons.
Cara Bishop finished the game with 10 points, three rebounds and two steals while Chloe Moser added nine points, 10 rebounds, one steal and one assist, Madelynn Myers five points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, Maddie Brandes two points and three rebounds and Taylyn Heilman with one point, four rebounds and two steals.
For Jamestown, Harlan had 17 points and Scholl 13.