The Rocky Mountain College women’s basketball team took to the road on Nov. 10 and pulled off a tight win against the Dickinson State Blue Hawks, the final score being 69-64.
The women outscored the Blue Hawks in the second and third quarters and kept the narrow lead until the end of the game. Keisha Engelhardt had another outstanding game; she scored 23 points for the Battlin’ Bears. Hailey Farstveet also scored double digits for the women’s basketball team; she tacked on 15 points. The team was 39 percent for field goal shots, 36 percent for 3-point shot attempts, and 60 percent on their free throw attempts.
The men’s basketball team traveled to Dickinson State as well and took their first loss of the season against the Blue Hawks. The men lost by a narrow four points with the final score being 84-88. Head coach Bill Dreikosen commented on what adjustments he wants to make early on this season, “The keys that we want to accomplish early on this year is getting the guys to understand how hard they really can play. I think we can have a good balance on our inside and outside game, and we’re going to need that.” The Battlin’ Bears had four players that scored double digits against Dickinson. Riley Bradshaw scored 12 points for the Battlin’ Bears, Zachary Hinton and Chad Kananen both scored 13 points, and Taylor Longo had the game high score of 16 points. The men scored 44% of their field goal shots, 45% of their three point attempts, and made 73% of their free throw attempts. The men returned to the Fortin Center on Nov. 15 t for an intense crosstown battle against MSU-Billings.
MSUB started out with a 10-point lead, but luckily junior Chad Kananen had a standout game, making crucial shots to regain the lead and the momentum for the Battlin’ Bears. Kananen scored a game-high 23 points and made a critical 3-point shot with less than two minutes left in the game to give his team a six-point cushion, and the Bears held off MSUB.
“Everybody knows Chad is a shooter. But it’s something to know where it’s going and another to stop it,” Rocky coach Bill Dreikosen stated. “That was one of the more intense MSUB-Rocky games I’ve been a part of for a while. Their kids wanted it, and I felt that our kids wanted it. You never know how it’s going to go.”
The two teams showed how physical and intense the rivalry can be. Throughout the game, the teams were tied 7 times and there were 9 lead changes. Two other Rocky players would score in the double digits with Kananen. Riley Bradshaw tacked on 11 points and senior Zachary Hinton scored 12 points. The team would make 28 out of 72 field goal attempts, 8 out of 19 three-point attempts, and 14 out of 18 free throw attempts.
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will take to the road until Dec. 1 when they take on conference rival Carroll College at home.