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Dufur drops Culver 66-35

The Culver High School boys basketball team dropped a 66-35 ballgame to the Dufur Rangers on Friday in Dufur.

Culver head coach Brennan Whitaker said the Rangers gave his team fits with a full-court press in the first quarter, but after the Rangers backed off, the Bulldogs still played hard.

“That was nice to see how we responded after that,” Whitaker said. “It was our first real experience with it, and we thought we could dribble through it and attack it really fast. Our immaturity at the guard position showed, but after it came off, our heads didn’t drop.”

Whitaker said it was a good thing to see how his young team handled adversity that an opponent created, rather than it being self-inflicted.

“They continued to play hard and didn’t allow the game to get to them that bad,” Whitaker said.

Tristan Bogart led the Bulldogs in scoring with nine points. Tom McDonald and Jon Slaght each scored eight for Culver as well. Bogart and McDonald each made a 3-pointer.

Friday’s game was a bit of an anomaly in that it was the only game of the week for the Bulldogs. Typically teams play multiple games in a week, and at the level the Bulldogs are at right now, Whitaker would prefer to have games all the time, rather than have a full week of practice before a game.

“We just can’t replicate a game atmosphere in practice, so we need to be out on the floor playing games as much as possible,” Whitaker said. “I would have loved to have a game in the middle of the week. We need to be in the gym playing someone.”

The Bulldogs kicked off Tri-River Conference play against the No. 4 Regis Rams on Tuesday in Stayton, but results were not available by the Pioneer’s press deadline.

The Bulldogs will host a tournament Friday and Saturday. They will take on the Ridgeview junior varsity team at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and then will play either Lost River or South Wasco County on Saturday to conclude the tournament.

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