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Outlaws outgun Bulldogs 54-52

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 30th, 2013

Wheatland Bulldog Braden Douglas dodges around two Outlaws during Friday night’s game. The Bulldogs and Outlaws were close throughout the entire game, but ultimately Rawlins prevailed, putting them at the top of the 3A East conference.

WHEATLAND – The Rawlins Outlaws and Wheatland Bulldogs were neck-and-neck the entire game in an intense match in Wheatland Friday night.

The Outlaws held onto a slim lead by the end of the first quarter 14-15. The Bulldogs caught up and the teams remained tied until the middle of the second quarter, where Rawlins pulled ahead and kept the lead into the half 28-25 and again at the end of the third 44-43.

The back-and-forth momentum shifts continued into the fourth and the Bulldogs edged ahead when Brendon Ruwart launched into a crowd-pleasing slam-dunk for 2 to bring it to 52-50 with three minutes left in the game.

The Outlaws, however, put up four more points to win the game in a heartbreaker, 54-52.

The Bulldogs fell in another close match against the Buffalo Bison 46-44.

As of Jan. 27, The losses cost boys basketball team two spots in the standings to fifth in the 3A East conference. Their overall record is now 10-5 overall and 4-4 within the conference. Rawlins climbed to No. 1 at 10-4 overall (6-1 conference) and Buffalo (11-4 overall, 5-2 conference) is second. Last week’s No. 1 Douglas (8-8 overall, 5-2 conference) fell two spots to round out the top three.

Despite the drop, the Bulldogs sit at No. 4 in the 3A class in the most recent WyoPreps poll.

This weekend, Wheatland hosts the Newcastle Dogies on Friday and Torrington Trailblazers on Saturday.

The Dogies are coming off of a Jan. 25 victory against the Blazers 60-48, which ended a two-game losing trend. Newcastle sits at seventh in the 3A East conference with an overall record of 7-8 and conference record of 2-5. Tipoff for their match against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 7 p.m.

No. 4 Torrington (6-8 overall, 4-3 conference) takes on the Outlaws before heading to Wheatland to face off against the Bulldogs. The Blazers were on a three-game winning streak until the Dogies shut them down last week.

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