By Pierre Bibbs
Sports Editor 

Coyotes Win County Thriller


January 9, 2019

The Dodson Coyotes defeated the North Country Mavericks for the first time since the Mavs cooperative was formed in 2015. The Coyotes would pick up another win, while the Mavericks would finish the opening weekend of 2019 with a loss.

The Coyote Den was wild on Thursday, January 3, in a cross-county matchup that featured plenty of stomps, yells, and clipboard slams, as the Coyotes outlasted North Country 46-42.

The win came days after U.S. Marine and former Coyote athlete Marty Lone Bear passed away. Lone Bear was a 2018 graduate of Dodson High School.

“We dedicated this game to him (Lone Bear),” Coyote Captain Shaun Ball told the PCN.

Dodson was led by Corbin Lone Bear who scored 19 points. Tyrese Messerly had 10 points. Ball had eight points. Sam Main had five points. Caleb Ditmar and Jeremiah Benson each had two points.

North Country was led by Loden Idler who had 11 points. Beau Simonson had 10 points. Jesse Lee had 10 points. John McColly had seven points and Jon Rey Taylor had four points.

“They are a really good team,” Ditmar said of North Country. “They are really patient.”

Dodson was outscored 15-5 in the first quarter before being strongly admonished by Coyote Coach Frank Benson.

“When he got mad it got us going,” Ball said of how his team responded to the outburst of their coach.

Dodson’s defense would stiffen up only allowing seven points in the second quarter, but the team’s woes on offense continued as the team only put up eight points. The score at halftime was 22-13 in favor of the Mavericks.

“Our first half wasn’t bad defensively, but our second half defense was really good,” Ball said.

After the halftime break, Dodson put up 21 points offensively, while holding North Country to nine. The Coyotes had gained their first lead of the game in the third quarter and ended the period with a 34-31 lead.

“Coming out of halftime we started moving our feet, not reaching,” Ditmar said. “We pressed them and got a couple of steals. We got our momentum going and went on a run.”

The Mavericks would go on to take the Coyotes in the fourth thanks to a layup by Lee (37-35). A few possessions later Dodson’s S. Ball would knock down a baseline trey to give Dodson a 38-37 lead. Dodson’s defense would come through during the next Maverick possession forcing an errant pass. Messerly would connect on a trey to the left of the key, giving Dodson a 41-37 lead.

After another forced turnover by Dodson, Messerly would earn a trip to the free throw line for a one-and-one attempt. He would make both attempts giving Dodson a 43-37 lead.

McColly would respond for the Mavericks by knocking down a trey on the other end with 2:44 remaining. The score was 43-40.

With 1:22 remaining Lee of North Country would have a chance to tie the game after drawing a foul on a layup. He made the shot but ultimately would miss the tying free-throw. The score was 43-42.

Lone Bear would score on a reverse layup with 55 seconds remaining. The score was 45-42.

Main would score the game’s last point after drawing a foul, and heading to the line for a bonus attempt. His first shot hit the rim, backboard and eventually went in. He missed the second.

Earlier in the night, Dodson’s JV Boys team defeated North Country’s JV team 56-50.

“Defense, pressure, and driving,” Juliun Benson said when asked about the key to their win.

In Dodson’s 56-46 win over Roy-Winifred, the Coyotes were led by Ball who had 16 points. Main had 14 points, Lone Bear had 10 points, Messerly had eight points, Benson had four points, Ditmar had three points, and Michael Jaynes had one point.

The Coyotes started the game on a 20-3 run in the first quarter. Roy-Winifred responded by scoring 13 points while holding Dodson to seven in the second quarter. Dodson scored 29 in the second half and Roy-Winifred would score 30.

In the Maverick’s loss to Scobey, North Country was led by Lee who had seven points. Idler, Ty Murphy, and McColly each had six points. Taylor had four points and Simonson had two points.


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