Jason Burnett scored a career-high 29 points and Dillon Alpers and Layne Maddex added 14 and 11 points, respectively, as the Bunceton boys turned back Columbia Independent 70-59 Thursday night in Bunceton.
The Dragons, improving to 7-8 on the season, outscored Columbia Independent in three out of the four quarters of play and led 18-13 after one, 31-24 at the half and 55-35 after three. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Columbia Independent held a 24-15 advantage to cut the lead back to 11.
“Not a good win, but a win nonetheless,” said Bunceton coach Dustin Ray.  “We didn’t play well again, but we were able to pull out a victory.  What is really nice to see is the score being spread around, which is not a usual thing for us.  Jason Burnett led us with 29, and had a very good shooting game.  We are in the final stages of the season so we have games stacked up.  The next few weeks are going to be a grind for us.”
In addition to scoring 29 points, Burnett also had two rebounds, two steals and one assist in the game for the Dragons.
Alpers also had three rebounds and one assist to go along with his 14 points while Maddex added seven rebounds and one assist. Dylan Flatt chipped in nine points and two rebounds while Hunter Shuffield added seven points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist and Brayden Doyle with three rebounds and three assist.
For Columbia Independent, Marcus Hauan had 18, Wyatt Burks 15, Dylan Sayers 14 and Ethan Morrissey with 10.
Bunceton also finished the game shooting 52 percent from the field and 67 percent from the foul line.