Mason buzzer beater, Kautman’s threes propel Bulldogs to win over South Winn
By Michael Newton
After the excitement of the girls game, no one expected the boys game to top it, but it did, as Cody Mason sank a buzzer-beating three to give the Bulldogs a 63-60 win.
The MFL MarMac Bulldog boys came into the game pumped up after a big win over Kee the night before, but South Winn also came to play. The boys, like the girls, jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, but fell victim to a Warrior 6-0 run, which tied the game at 8-8. South Winn kept the scoring up, tying it at 18 with 5:30 to go in the half. The teams went back and forth until three minutes to go, when Tristen Kautman hit three straight threes to give him four in the second quarter, as well as one in the first, for five total in the half. South Winn’s Jordan Rommes answered one of the threes with his own three, to make it 32-26 Bulldogs. Cody Mason sank two free throws to make the lead eight. The half ended with the Bulldogs up 37-31.
In the third quarter, the Warriors fell behind by eight, but went on a 12-2 run to take the lead 43-41. The Bulldogs tied it at 2:17 to go in the quarter and took the lead 45-43 with 1:25 to go. The Bulldogs remained on top 47-46 as the quarter ended.
Everyone was glued to their seats as the fourth quarter commenced. Noah Schultz kept flying around the floor and scored a lay-up for a three-point lead. Kautman drained two straight threes to push the lead to 55-48. Kautman’s eighth three of the game then gave the Bulldogs a 58-54 lead with 41.5 seconds to go. Schultz added two more for a 60-54 lead. South Winn got a basket from Garrett Bohach and then Jared Schroeder hit two free throws to make it 60-58. Mason missed a free throw at 20.7 seconds to go that could have sealed it. South Winn went down the floor and called for a timeout with 14.5 seconds left. On the inbound, before the ball came in, Schultz was called for an intentional foul. Coach Eric Dettbarn explained after the game that all fouls before an inbounds are intentional. Garrett Bohach made both free throws to tie the score at 60-60. South Winn inbounded, but Adam Lensing was called for three seconds in the lane with 6.1 seconds to go. The Bulldogs worked the ball in and got it into Mason’s hands. He drained a 25-footer, with a swish at the buzzer, for the win.
The win put the Bulldogs at 8-0 in the conference and 10-1 overall. Kautman led the team in scoring, with 24 points on eight threes. Schultz was second with 10 points and Mason added nine.