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Game-Winner Falls Short as Buccaneers Top Centurions 87-85

By Scott Lemon, Yellowstone Christian College SID

GLENDIVE, Mont. — Fabricio Daher Valdivia had a half-court heave for the win fall short as the Dawson Community College Buccaneers topped the Yellowstone Christian College Centurions 87-85 on Thursday night.

Much like the first matchup between the Bucs and the Centurions in November, the game was high-paced from the opening tip. The teams traded baskets throughout the first half, as neither offense was able to gain much of a lead. Dawson took a two-point advantage into the locker room at half time.

The Centurions kept pace with the efficient Buccaneer offense in the second half, but couldn't find consistent stops on defense to hold the lead for any amount of time.

The game came down to the wire. Aaron Munday-Rashid hit a three-pointer with 0.8 seconds to go, pulling YCC to within one. Gavin McPherson made the second of two free throws to push the Dawson lead back to two. After a Centurion timeout, Daher Valdivia caught the ball in stride near the half court line and let the ball fly as time expired. The shot attempt fell short and the Bucs held on for the victory.

Stefan Tellis caught fire in the second half, scoring 12 of his 21 points in the half. All twelve of his points in the second half came from three-point land. Tellis also dished out a game-high six assists. Munday-Rashid also had a solid game, scoring 19 points and pulling down eight rebounds. Daher Valdivia provided a spark off the bench, connecting on five of nine three-point attempts en route to 17 points.

“That was the best game of his career,” said Head Coach Leonard Epps of Tellis’ performance. “He’s had games with more points, but that was his best all-around game. No turnovers (for Tellis) is the most impressive part.”

Kolton Wong scored a game-high 25 points for Dawson and pulled down nine rebounds. McPherson added 19 points of his own. Daniel Shedden owned the glass, pulling down a game-high 15 rebounds.

The Centurions have four weeks off, with their next game coming after the New Year holiday. YCC will head to Miami, Flor. to take part in the Beach Bash Classic, hosted by Florida National University. For more information about the season and for full game recaps, visit

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