Basketball: Buffalo snags Rogers boys 62-54

Buffalo's Ethan Freer (20) ran down a loose ball also chased by Rogers' Chase Cleveland. Behind them are Rogers' Josh Turnquist, Michael Schreiber (45) and Austin Barbeln (25), and Buffalo's Austin Youngs (10). (Photo by Bruce Strand)


The Buffalo Bison started slow but overtook the Rogers Royals 62-54 on Tuesday evening in Rogers.

Dominic Gilmer, 6-4 forward, potted 19 points, while 6-2 guard Ethan Freer had 18 points and 6-4 forward Peter Cassady 14 for the perennial Mississippi 8 champion Bison.

Rogers guard Gunnar Bloom drove for what turned out to be a three-point play after stealing the ball. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rogers led 7-0 and 14-3 but was up by just 29-28 at the half. Buffalo vaulted into a 39-29 edge after the break with an 11-0 run including two 3-pointers.

The Bison bottled up Rogers 6-8 post Michael Schreiber, holding him to 10 points, 12 below his average, along with 6-7 forward Josh Turnquist, who had nine points, six below his average. Nathan Roehl was next with seven for Rogers.

The loss was Rogers’ first in Mississippi 8 play. The Royals are 2-1 in conference and 8-5 overall.

Buffalo is 3-1 in conference and 7-6 overall. The Bison’s rare conference loss came against Big Lake 47-43. Leading the Mississippi 8 is St. Michael-Albertville (Buffalo’s next opponent) at 3-0.

Rogers will host Big Lake on Friday.

Michael Schreiber was limited to 10 points by a harassing Bison defense. (Photo by Bruce Strand)