Bulldog boys fall to Cascade at sub-state
By Michael Newton
With a third straight trip to state on the line, the MFL MarMac Bulldogs made the trip to Manchester in a snow storm and prepared to play the Western Dubuque, Cascade Cougars—the team they defeated last year to make it to state. The game was a defensive struggle all night long, but Cascade won the battle, defeating the Bulldogs 41-38 in overtime.
Cascade held Cody Mason to eight points, all in the third quarter, and played a stifling 2-3 zone that forced the Bulldogs into shooting outside shots.
The first quarter went to Cascade, as they led 11-10 after one, having a five-point lead at one time. However, the Bulldogs fought back, taking a 13-10 lead early in the second quarter. Cascade then opened up a four-point lead at 22-18, but gave it back, as the Bulldogs led 23-22 at the break, scoring with 17 seconds to go in the half to take that lead.
Cascade kept it close in the third quarter, although the Bulldogs scored first and opened up a four-point lead.
Neither team had much success in the fourth quarter, with Cascade out-scoring the Bulldogs 6-5 to have the score tied 36 apiece at the end of regulation. The Bulldogs had the last shot, but Tristen Kautman’s lay-up went off the rim.
It took over two minutes for the Bulldogs to score the first overtime points, which came on a Noah Schultz basket. Mitch Recker scored all five Cascade points in overtime, with three of them coming from the free throw line. The Bulldogs had chances to tie the score, but three separate three-pointers failed to fall.
Cascade’s Recker led all scorers with 12 points. Bulldog Tristen Kautman and Cougar Haris Takes both had 11 points. The Bulldogs had no free throws and Cascade was six of eight from the line.
With the loss, the Bulldogs finished their season 17-7. Cascade moved on to state with a 21-3 record.
This game ended the Mason era, with Cody finishing with 1,078 points, good for fourth all time. He and brother C.J. are the only brothers on that list. Noah Schultz, Sam Pfeiffer, Brandon Schneider and Jordan Talbot also ended their high school basketball careers.