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February 22, 2014
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FRI., 02-21


Corvallis edges Hamilton in 2OT

CORVALLIS – Corvallis rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to upend Hamilton 69-64 in double overtime in a Southwestern A boys’ basketball game Friday night.

Corvallis got back into the game with a 19-4 edge in the third quarter. Hamilton, though, came back to tie the game at 51-51 at the end of regulation.

The Broncs (1-9 in league games, 4-14 overall) took a three-point lead with 4.1 seconds to play in the first overtime.

“We drew up a play and oddly enough it worked,” Corvallis coach Joe Jessop.

The Blue Devils got the ball into the hands of Alma Powell, whose 3-pointer at the buzzer sent the game into a second extra frame.

Jayce Gilder scored five of his team’s eight points in the second overtime to secure the win. Brigham Parrish led Corvallis (4-5, 9-8) with 22 points and Gilder added 21.

“We play Hamilton in divisionals next week, so I was not too concerned with momentum,” Jessop said. “We wanted to play well and play together, and work on some things we needed to going into tournament time. Next week’s when it matters.

“Hamilton played a heckuva basketball game.”

The Broncs were led by the 16 points of Josh Heath. Bret Huxtable added 13 and Teague Blome had 12.

Hamilton 14 22 4 11 10 3 – 64

Corvallis 14 12 19 6 10 8 – 69

HAMILTON – Josh Heath 16, Bret Huxtable 13, Teague Blome 12, Casey Ryter 9, Kris Cleveland 7, Ty Burt 3, Kameron Kohn 2, Josh Bauder 2.

CORVALLIS – Brigham Parrish 22, Jayce Gilder 21, Alma Powell 7, Chaney Waldo 7, Austin Bankston 6, Andrew Leopold 6.

Columbia Falls 60, Libby 38

At Columbia Falls, Jared Trinastich scored 24 points to lead fourth-ranked Columbia Falls past Libby in a Northwestern A matchup.

The Wildcats held a narrow 22-20 lead at halftime, but pulled away by outscoring the Loggers 38-18 in the second half.

Alex Presnell added 10 points for Columbia Falls, which improved to 7-1 in league, 14-4 overall.

Jared Winslow led Libby (0-8, 1-17) with 23 points.

Libby 13 7 8 10 – 38

C. Falls 14 8 16 22 – 60

LIBBY – Luke Adamson 3, Colin Johnson 4, Jared Winslow 23, Michael Curtiss 6, Brandon Sodderwasser 2.

COLUMBIA FALLS – Alex Presnell 10, Grant Stenger 2, Jayce Fagerland 6, Nakia Alexander 2, Ty Morgan 10, Logan Williams 4, Mason Gedlaman 2, Jared Trinastich 24.

Schultz, ‘Jackets sting Beavers

Updated: February 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

By Derek Hendrickson

DILLON — The defending class A state champion Stevensville Yellowjackets knocked off the top ranked Dillon Beavers 62-59 to spoil senior parent night and hand the Beavers only their second loss of the season.

Tonight’s game was almost a complete reversal of the earlier contest in Stevensville between the schools.  In that game Dillon trailed by as much as 20 points in the second half and 17 heading to the fourth before exploding for a 29-2 run to end the game in a ten point victory.

In this one Dillon led by 14 after 3 and an opening possession trifecta by Troy Scott but the Beavers up by the same 17 that they rallied from.  From there on it was the Jared Schultz show, as the senior point guard poured in 13 of his 23 in the fourth, including back to back cold blooded threes that tied the game at 58 with two minutes to go.

After the Beavers failed to convert Stevenville milked the clock for over a minute until a blocking foul sent Schultz to the line for a one and one with 19 ticks remaining.  He calmly swished both free throws to give the Yellowjackets their first lead since the opening quarter.

Dillon had several chances to answer, but they uncharacteristically missed 3 of 4 free throws.  Junior Trae Williams drove the hoop and was hacked by future Montana Tech Oredigger Zac Gavlak, who fouled out on the play with five seconds remaining.  Williams couldn’t convert on either of his free throws but Scott was there for an offensive rebound.  The senior All-Stater missed on his first attempt as well before connecting on the second to make it 60-59.

Dillon fouled immediately and senior guard Chris Lords hit both of his charity tosses for the final margin of 62-59 and ended the scoring on a 26-9 final quarter for Stevensville.

The fourth quarter meltdown spoiled a monster game from Scott, who had a game high 32 on the night, including five threes.  His last second free throw miss was the only one of the night on eight attempts. He also had 6 rebounds, a steal and huge third quarter blocked shot against Gavlak.

The game was physical from the start.  The teams played an even first quarter, both putting in 11 points.  Scott was sent to the bench midway through the quarter after taking a shot the throat.

Dillon put up the first eight points of the second as senior Brady Richardson connected from inside, Scott his first three and JD Ferris hit one from downtown as well.  Stevensville dug in and played close for the rest of the quarter before Schultz hit a buzzer beating jump shot to send the teams to the locker room with the Beavers up 33-28.

Dillon appeared to grab control in the third, outscoring the Yellowjackets 17-8.  Gavlak picked up two quick fouls, the second one in frustration after a strong defensive stop by the Beavers, and was forced to sit with over 4 minutes left in the quarter.  Senior Chance Kluesner had all 5 of his points in the frame and a long possession to end the 3rd resulted in Richardson finding himself wide open from about five feet out for an easy two and a 50-36 lead.

The Beaver faithful seemed poised to celebrate a senior night victory and set up a chance at an undefeated season against class A opponents.  Stevensville showed why they are still are a force to be reckoned with as they went on a quick 10-0 after Scott’s three to open the 4th.  That run set up Schultz’s heroics and let the Southwestern A know that the two top dogs, Dillon and Butte Central, still have some competition.

Dillon will travel to Corvallis for its final regular season game on Saturday.  Stevensville wrapped up the regular season portion of their schedule on Friday and will play a first round divisonal game on Thursday vs. Hamilton which will likely set up a 3rd meeting against the Maroons on Friday evening.

STEVENSVILLE (11-7, 7-3)
Chris Lords 2 4-4 8, Christopher Bergman 1 0-0 2, Jace Omlid 2 2-5 7, Chance Coleman 2 0-0 5, Zach Gavlak 6 2-3 14, Jared Schultz 7 5-5 23, Bryce Torey 1 1-2 3.  Totals 20 14-19 62
DILLON (15-2, 8-1)
Chance Kluesner 2 0-0 5, Trae Williams 5 0-2 11, JD Ferris 1 2-4 5, Troy Scott 10 7-8 32, Tanner Haverfield 1 0-0 2, Brady Richardson 2 0-0 4.  Totals 21 9-16 59.
Stevensville     11   17     8    26 —62
              11   22   17      9 —59
3-point goals — Stevensville 6 (Schultz 4, Omlid, Coleman), Dillon 8 (Scott 5, Kluesner, Williams, Ferris).  Turnovers — Stevensville 10, Dillon 12.  Total Fouls —Stevenville 14, Dillon 20.  Fouled Out — Gavlak.

Falcons fly past Central, 68-42


The idealist inside Skyview coach Toby Hill might say playing non-conference games in February contradicts the meaning of late-season basketball. Shouldn’t everything be magnified at this time of year?

But, as Hill and the Class AA Falcons learned last season, games against tough-to-beat non-conference teams can strengthen you no matter when they’re played. And Skyview used motivation from an early-season loss against Class A Billings Central to whip the Rams 68-42 in their rematch Friday at the Nelles Activities Center.

Kendal Manuel scored 23 points in 21 minutes and the Falcons shot nearly 50 percent from the floor (24 of 49) to snap a two-game losing streak and gain a measure of momentum for when they resume their conference schedule Saturday at home against Eastern AA rival Butte.

Skyview improved to 10-7 overall. The Falcons are 5-4 and in a three-way tie for third place in their league.

Central dipped to 9-9. It was the final regular season game of the season for the Rams, who open the Eastern A divisional tournament Thursday at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

“I know scheduling is not easy,” said Hill, whose team split two thrillers with Class A Laurel last season. “In an ideal world, you’d be playing and preparing for conference games. But still, kids are competitive.

“We worked on things tonight that we need to do (Saturday). We pressured full-court in the first half, and we played more zone than we might on a normal night. So we used this as a tune-up game.”

The Falcons built a 16-point lead in the first half behind Manuel’s hot shooting.

Showing no ill effects from a sprained ankle suffered late last week, Manuel had 12 points in the opening 16 minutes. Central went ice cold in the meantime, suffering through an 8-minute, 45-second stretch without a field goal.

Manuel scored 11 points in the third quarter, including two 3-pointers. His wide open 3 from the corner with 2:39 remaining put Skyview up 50-27. That was the dagger.

“When we get shots up instead of turning the ball over I think we can be really good,” said Manuel, who made 8 of 16 attempts, including four 3s. “Tonight was a good example of that. We were on fire. If we can keep doing this throughout these next games, it’ll help us going into the state tournament.”

The Rams couldn’t summon the magic that helped them overcome a double-digit deficit in a 51-47 come-from-behind road win over Skyview in early January. The win was the first of two straight implausible upsets the Rams had over local AA teams: Two nights later, they beat Billings West 56-53.

Central coach Jim Stergar has said more than once that those wins -- while great confidence-builders -- won’t define his team. The Rams, who went 5-5 against the Eastern A, now turn their attention to the postseason, where they’ve flourished in recent years.

“This school is known for going in and having great tournaments,” Stergar said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 5-5 or 10-0. We look forward to it. These kids have the tradition of playing well at this time of year. And we’d have the same mentality after this game whether we won it or lost it.”

NOTES: Skyview lost sophomore G Payton Stott to what Hill described as a sprained knee in the second quarter. Hill said he’s hopeful Stott can return to play against Butte. … Bryce Hawbaker was Central’s lone player in double figures with 10 points. The Rams made just 30 percent of their shots (16 of 54), including 3 of 17 from 3-point range.

Skyview 68, Central 42

Skyview 17  16  15  68 
Central 16  20  15  42 

Billings Skyview (10-7) — Kendal Manuel 8-16 3-3 23, Baylee Slevira 0-1 0-0 0, Nolan McHugh 3-7 1-2 8, Jalen Whitley 3-5 2-4 8, Tre'von Strong 4-7 2-2 10, Taylor Trollope 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Smyle 0-0 0-0 0, Payton Stott 2-3 0-0 5, Teague Rutherford 1-2 0-1 3, Brenden Acheson 0-0 0-0 0, Jared Lambrecht 1-2 2-2 4, Jameson Willems 2-4 3-4 7. Totals: 24-49 13-18 68. 3-point goals: 7-14 (Manuel 4-6, Rutherford 1-1, McHugh 1-2, Smyle 1-2, Strong 0-2). Total fouls: 11. Rebounds: 44 (Manuel 8). Turnovers: 7.

Billings Central (9-9) — Cam Caraveau 0-5 0-0 0, Holden Ryan 2-2 0-0 4, Colin Holetz 1-8 2-3 5, Bryce Hawbaker 5-11 0-0 10, Dillon Meyer 3-11 2-5 8, Jonah Studer 0-1 2-3 2, Micah Holt-Seavy 0-0 0-0 0, Jesse Byorth 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Hadley 3-9 1-2 8, Andrew Sterup 0-0 0-0 0, Larry McCormick 2-5 0-0 5. Totals: 16-54 7-13 42. 3-point goals: 3-17 (Hadley 1-2, McCormick 1-3, Holetz 1-4, Caraveau 0-1, Hawbaker 0-1, Studer 0-1, Meyer 0-5). Total fouls: 16. Rebounds: 24 (Caraveau 5, Holetz 5). Turnovers: 8.



Billings Senior 77, Butte 71

Billings Skyview 68, Billings Central 42

Bozeman 53, Great Falls Russell 49

Columbia Falls 60, Libby 38

Corvallis 69, Hamilton 64, 2OT

Great Falls 71, Billings West 70

Helena Capital 66, Kalispell Glacier 47

Kalispell Flathead 78, Helena 76, OT

Livingston 60, Lewistown (Fergus) 53

Stevensville 62, Dillon 59

District 1B at Cut Bank


Fairfield 50, Shelby 44

Rocky Boy 87, Choteau 65

District 2B at Malta


Glasgow 54, Harlem 39

Malta 51, Plentywood 37

District 3B at Colstrip

Loser Out

Colstrip 42, Baker 39

Lodge Grass 110, St. Labre 86

District 4B at Red Lodge

Loser Out

Joliet 53, Red Lodge 47

Roundup 54, Shepherd 52

District 5B at Belgrade


Jefferson (Boulder) 46, Whitehall 35

Townsend 48, Big Timber 47, OT

District 6B at Hamilton


Florence 48, Deer Lodge 34

Missoula Loyola 69, St. Ignatius 47

District 3C at Wolf Point

Loser Out

Saco-Whitewater 76, Dodson 52


Hinsdale 47, Nashua 43

Lustre Christian 64, Frazer 46

District 4C at Miles City

Loser Out

Jordan 63, Ekalaka 38


Broadus 65, Northern Cheyenne 58

Wibaux 63, Terry 35

District 6C at Huntley Project

Loser Out

Bridger 66, Harlowton-Ryegate 57

Plenty Coups 61, Absarokee 50

District 7C at Lewistown


Winnet-Grass Range 53, Roy-Winifred 48

District 8C at Great Falls

Loser Out

Centerville 77, Cascade 37

Great Falls Central 63, Fort Benton 25


Great Falls Central 71, Centerville 64


Belt 57, Highwood 44

District 9C at Havre

Loser Out

Hays-Lodgepole 80, Turner 56

North Star 54, Big Sandy 28

District 10C at Conrad

Loser Out

Heart Butte 64, Sunburst 40


Power 48, Dutton-Brady 41

Simms 54, Chester-Joplin-Inverness 53

District 11-12C at Butte

Loser Out

Lone Peak 45, Harrison-Willow Creek 41

White Sulphur Springs 48, Gardiner 41


Ennis 59, Shields Valley 52

Manhattan Christian 73, Twin Bridges 39

District 13C at Frenchtown

Loser Out

Darby 47, Phillipsburg 40

Valley Christian 59, Victor 45

District 14C at Ronan

Loser Out

Two Eagle River 62, St. Regis 36


Arlee 59, Charlo 54

Superior 53, Hot Springs 37

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