Coming from the Quad Cities to the Twin Cities, the Bettendorf Bulldogs held off an outstanding performance from Cretin-Derham Hall's Sam Neumann as Nicholas Baer's basket with :47 left turned out to be the game winner to beat the Raiders 71-66 in the 2014 Timberwolves Shootout Saturday at Target Center in Minneapolis.
Kyle Buhman began the scoring for the Bulldogs ;14 into the game. The went on a 4-0 run until Neumann and Donnell Gresham tied the game. Neumann evened the game at 6 before the Bulldogs went on a 10-0 run. Buhmann scored a lay up on an outstanding behind the back pass from Dylan Sortillo. Cretin-Derham Hall cut the lead to one on a basket from Michael Hannon. and after Cole Clearman's basket, George Hottinger evened the score at 19.
Neumann vaulted the Raiders into the lead as he hit consecutive three pointers. But Sortillo countered with a three to put the Bulldogs back in front. It was Clearman,who will play next season at Division II Missouri western hit a shot at the horn to put Bettendorf ahead at the half, 28-25.
The second half scoring began with Neumann's basket and then he started to heat up, hitting six second half three pointers. The Bulldogs evened the game at 41 and 44 before Sortillo put Bettendorf back in front.with a three. Neumann would put Cretin-Derham Hall in front with a minute left but Baer's basket with ::47 remaining. The Raiders had a chance to send the game into overtime after head coach Jerry Kline Jr. called time out with :20.2 left. Neumann, attempted a three pointer but it didn't enter the net. Kendall jacks clinched the win for the second ranked Bulldogs with a pair of free throws.
Bettendorf was led Sortillo with 19 points. Baer had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Jacks added 14. Neumann scored a game-high 39 for Cretin-Derham Hall. Joe Rosga was the only other Raider in double figures, scoring 11.
The Bulldogs remained unbeaten at 7-0. The Raiders fell to 9-2.