Bulldogs lose to Lions at the line
ST. IGNATIUS — Physical games are often won or lost at the free-throw line and in the Bulldogs’ 49-38 loss to Eureka Saturday, that’s exactly where the Bulldogs lost it or Eureka won it, considering how you look at it.
In a game where the two teams combined for 37 fouls, the Lions went 23-for-28 from the line, including a span where they hit 13 straight, as the Bulldogs scuffled at the foul line, connecting on only seven of their 21 attempts.
“Game, set, match,” Mission coach Lloyd Phillips said of the wide discrepancy of shooting at the free-throw line.
After missing their first free throw of the game, the Lions didn’t miss another attempt until Ryan Holder missed on the first of two attempts at the 2:22 mark in the third quarter. Holder hit on the his second attempt to extend Eureka’s lead to 35-27. Holder went 14-for-17 at the line, with the freebies accounting for nearly half of his game-high 30 points.
With back-to-back baskets by Jorren Gies, who scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the first half, the Bulldogs took a 15-9 lead at 7:26 in the second quarter, but then started sending the Lions to the line, where they didn’t miss. Already in the double bonus with six minutes to play in the half, the Bulldogs watched the Lions go 7-for-7 at the line in the second quarter to go into the break with a 24-23 lead.
The third quarter belonged to Holder. The Eureka sophomore opened the quarter with a 3-pointer and scored the final five points in the frame to put the Lions up 40-30. Holder outscored Mission 13-7 in the deciding quarter and 17-15 in the second half.
Dylan Evans, Mission’s freshman guard, finished with seven points, which included a 3-pointer with 2:26 left in the game to cut Eureka’s lead to 45-35. Jake Durglo finished with six points and nine rebounds.
The loss to Eureka came on the heels of 66-23 lackluster loss to the Vikings in Bigfork. Phillips said there was zero effort in the game and that was his fault.
The Vikings sank nearly half of their shots and the shots they missed they would follow up and grab the rebound. The Bulldogs allowed 19 offensive rebounds in the game and were outrebounded 40-to-27.
Jake Durglo finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Gies added six points and pulled down eight rebounds.
The Bulldogs (4-9, 2-5) travel to Troy Friday and host Seeley-Swan Saturday.
Bigfork 66, Mission 23
Mission 4 9 4 6–23
Bigfork 20 24 18 4–66
MISSION - Riley Charlo-Whitworth 2, Austin Durglo 2, Jorren Gies 6, Austin McDonald 4, Jake Durglo 9.
BIGFORK - Cotter Trent 2, Lael Richmond 3, Ronnie Gallegos 1, Ian Gerang 3, Evan Jerdt 16, Ryan Gembala 2, Travis Knoll 13, Christian Kerr 15, Keenan Evans 7, Dillon Fraley 4.
Eureka 49, Mission 38
Eureka 9 15 16 9–49
Mission 11 12 7 8–38
EUREKA - Jesse Thompson 4, Ryan Holder 30, Bryton Guckenberg 7, Tanner Blankers 6, Caleb Curtiss 2.
MISSION - Jorren Gies 16, Austin McDonald 5, Jake Durglo 6, Josh Durglo 2, Dylan Evans 7, Gui Silva 2.