The New Buffalo Bison Varsity basketball team faced a tough challenge against Cassopolis Friday, Jan. 27.
The Bison needed the win to stay tied for their divisional lead in the BCS Conference. The first quarter was all New Buffalo, as they jumped out to a quick 20-6 lead. Shots were falling and their rebounding was dominant. However, Cassopolis quickly turned things around in the second quarter and the Bison clung to a narrow 29-28 lead at the half. After regrouping at the half, New Buffalo never looked back and ended up winning 68-57. High scorer was Seth Margaritis with 23, Julian Hymes had 17 and 12 pivotal rebounds, Gaige Rice had 11 points, Creo Brewster 8, Ryan Butler five points and 10 important rebounds, and Garrett Mullen scored four. The Bison remain tied at the top of the conference, with a five-one conference record.
Tuesday, Jan. 31, saw the Bison facing an undefeated and state ranked Brandywine team. In the beginning it looked like the Bobcats would cruise to an easy win, and they held a 32-24 halftime lead. However, the Bison came out in the second half looking to challenge them. Behind Seth Margaritis’ game leading 26 points (15 of them coming from three point baskets) the Bison charged back and tied the game up at 49-49 with four minutes and 44 seconds left on the clock. Unfortunately, Brandywine answered and ended up winning the game 59-53. The Bison team played hard and will get another chance to knock off Brandywine in district tournament play. In addition to Margaritis’ scoring effort were Creo Brewster, who scored 11 points, Ryan Butler with four, Gaige Rice with three, and Nigel Durham, Julian Hymes, Sotiri Margaritis and Garrett Mullen, who each had two. New Buffalo has an eight to four overall record.