The Hot Springs’ boys’ basketball team continued their winning ways this past weekend, extending their winning streak in home games against Belle Fourche and Lead-Deadwood.
The five game winning streak improves the team’s record to 6-5, a far cry better than the 1-5 they enjoyed prior to the West River Tournament.
Against Belle Fourche on Friday the Bison came out guns blazing, scoring twenty three points in the first quarter. Juniors Logan Barndt and Matt Norton were great in the opening quarter, combining for twelve points. Norton also hit all four free-throws in the quarter.
The Bison would go on to score another 18 points to close out the first half, then seal the victory with another 17 in the third quarter.
With a heavy lead going into the fourth quarter, the Bison boys opted not to run up the score, putting just two points on the board and closing out the game 60-35.
Barndt led Hot Springs in scoring, putting up 18 points before the night was over. Norton followed Barndt with 14 points, including hitting five of his eight free-throw attempts. Each had just one three pointer.
On Saturday the Bison were at home again, this time against Lead-Deadwood, winning 66-42 and giving the team their first winning record of the season.
The winning effort was the Bison’s ninth game at or above 60 points this season, evidence that scoring for the team hasn’t been an issue. In fact, the team has failed to score 60 only twice, meaning improved defense will go a long ways toward keeping the group winning.
The Bison travelled to Wall Tuesday to face the Eagles, but results were not available at time of publication. The team will continue a busy week, playing in Crawford, Nebraska against the Rams on Thursday, then return to Hot Springs for a game with the Hill City Rangers Friday.
Unfortunately in their games with Belle Fourche and Lead-Deadwood, the Lady Bison were unable to come away with a win. The team scored only ten points against the 13-0 Lady Broncs who defeated the Bison 45-10. Saturday night the group fared better against Lead-Deadwood but were ultimately defeated 37-25.
The Bison girls were also plagued by low-scoring earlier in the week when they were defeated by New Underwood 46-11.
The team will look to improve as they continue their home-stand this week against Hill City on Friday.