WIMBLEDON — The Barnes County North boys basketball team lost 50-49 to New Rockford-Sheyenne Thursday at home, and in dramatic fashion no less.
With the clock counting the final seconds in the fourth quarter, Rocket forward Chance LaBrie got a chance for a lay up in the paint and hit it with one second left.
While the loss stung, BCN coach Stacy Schaffer was pleased with his team's effort.
Other than a small offensive lull in the second quarter, the Bison played a close game against a similar opponent and nearly came out with the win.
"The kids played with a lot of heart in this game and it's nice to watch that they're playing with a lot of heart," Schaffer said.
The Bison started the game with the lead when Brad Clemens hit a midrange shot. The Rockets soon tied it up but then BCN had two straight lay ups to take a 6-2 lead that remained until the end of the quarter.
The Bison finished the quarter with two 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds to take a 15-6 lead going into the second.
But in the second, the Bison faltered on both sides of the ball and were outscored 21-11 and had only seven points from the floor.
"We had a little lapse there," Schaffer said. "We tried to force some things in the paint and then we got a little soft there on the perimeter."
The Bison went into halftime trailing 27-26.
After NRS's Josh Edmonson opened up the the quarter with a two pointer, BCN's Austin Jurssen matched it to make it 29-28.
BCN only made four more shots the rest of the quarter, but all of them were from 3-point territory, and three were from Jacoby Kramlich. The shots gave the Bison a 40-38 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
The Rockets opened up the fourth with two straight two-pointers to make a 42-40 lead, and the teams went back and forth from there.
With 1:16 left and a 47-46 lead, Clemens missed two free throws, but the Bison got the points right back when Kramlich got the rebound on the second and put it back to make it 49-46.
The Rockets struggled to narrow the lead until Jacob Lommen hit a lay up with :35 seconds left to make it 49-48.
With 16 second left, Bison guard Derek Flecher was fouled and given two free throws, but missed both, which led to LaBrie's game winning layup with one second left.
On the final play of the game the Bison got the ball to Kramlich in the paint, but he missed a buzzer beating lay up.
Kramlich led the Bison with 17 points, including five of the team's eight 3-pointers.
"Jacoby is a shooter for us and defensively he does a good job too," Schaffer said. "It's nice to see that he's starting to (get consistent) now."
Clemens finished the game with 11 points in the paint.
Rockford was led in scoring by guard Mason Haley and LeBrie had 11.
Schaffer said his team was disappointed by the loss, but was hopeful the players could learn from it.
"I told them just to keep their heads up and learn from the situation they were at and realize that if it happens again we know exactly what to do," he said.