MCDERMITT – The Owyhee boys basketball team is young and has not been quite ready to get over the hump and show that it is one of the best teams in the Division 1A Northern-East.

The Braves played a competitive game Saturday against No. 2 McDermitt, but the Bulldogs were money down the stretch in crunch time, winning time – extending to a 10-point victory.

Owyhee began the game well, opening a 16-11 lead after the first quarter.

McDermitt answered the challenge and outscored the Braves 15-9 in the second period.

At halftime, the Bulldogs clung to a one-point lead over the up-and-coming Braves.

The second half was a little different contest, not that McDermitt dominated the action – but the Bulldogs made enough plays in clutch situations.

The Bulldogs outscored the Braves 15-12 in the third quarter, grinding down Owyhee for a 16-10 advantage in the third quarter.

McDermitt improved to 7-2 in league play with a 57-47 victory, dropping Owyhee to 3-5.

Sophomore Ben Draunidalo scored a game-high 19 points, grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds and tying for the team best with four steals for the Bulldogs.

Senior Duane Masters scored 18 points – sinking two 3s – and senior Cauy Crutcher finished as the third player in double digits for McDermitt with 14 points – leading the team with six assists, yanking down seven rebounds, making three steals and blocking a shot.

The Braves also finished with three players in double digits, led by 14 points from junior Ramon Cordova.

Sophomore Rigo Cordova made two 3s and scored 11 points, junior Chance Cota finishing with 10 points for Owyhee.

OWYHEE 16 9 12 10 47 Total

MCDERMITT 11 15 15 16 57 Total

Of Owyhee’s three wins, two have come over Carlin (1-7) and one came against winless Wells (0-8).

The Braves have not been able to play a complete game of ball against the teams that aren’t dwelling in the bottom of the standings.

Owyhee will close the regular season with two road games, facing the unbeaten Jaguars (8-0 in league) at 5 p.m. MST on Friday in Jackpot and wrapping up at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Wells.

The Braves are locked into the No. 4 seed of the regional tournament and will take on the No. 1 seed from the Northern-West in the 1A North regional tournament.

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