RONAN — Anaconda just couldn’t match the offensive fire power of Columbia Falls, but to their credit not many teams could have.
The Wildcats (1-0) drilled 11 treys and had everything working right during Friday night’s 85-54 nonconference win over the Copperheads at the annual Tip Off Tournament.
Led by Alex Presnell’s 22 and five treys, and Ty Morgan’s 14 with three from behind the arc of his own, the Wildcats led for nearly the entire game.
Anaconda’s (0-1) Jackson Wagner did all he could to help the Copperheads keep pace early, leading the ‘Heads to an early 11-10 advantage in the first quarter. However an eight-point swing aided by C. Falls earning three straight possessions thanks to a technical foul assessed o the Copperhead bench for having an incorrect number in the official scorers book.
A Wildcat three followed by two technical foul shots and a follow up three put C. Falls up 17-11, and they never looked back.
While out of foul trouble, senior 6-foot-5 post Brandon Fode held his own. He drilled a deep three to start the game on the right wing and shut down Jared Trinastich on the defensive end. However, the Wildcats were just too good from the perimeter.
Sophomore point guard Caleb Stetzner, senior post Cory Stanberry and Fode dropped in nine, seven and seven, respectively, but it was the bench scoring of Drew Conrady and his barrage from behind the arc that raised some eyebrows. Conrady drained three of his first four shots and ended the game in double-digits with 11.
Anaconda showed flashes of brilliance, especially when Dennis Stanberry finally hit his first shot late in the second half. The ability to shoot the ball from everywhere will pay high dividends once the Copperheads start to feel one another out.
Anaconda’s Bobby Duhame scored the first two of his varsity career while the Copperheads also had significant minutes from Ethan Blume, Sean Gallagher and Cody Forkan.
Anaconda will take the floor again for the tournament nightcap Saturday at 7 p.m., taking on Ronan on their home court.