It may have taken an extra game, but the District 9C tournament is in the books. The Chinook Sugarbeeters are the No. 2 team in the 9C and are headed to the Northern C boys Divisional Tournament. Monday night at the Havre High gymnasium the Sugarbeeters and North Star Knights tipped off in the 9C challenge game. But it was the Beeters coming away with the 43-41 victory and tournament bid. “North Star came out and played us hard,” Chinook Head coach Chris Daniels said. “They made us earn it. We made some mistakes, but they made us make those mistakes. They have improved so much in the last couple weeks and have done a fantastic job.” The Beeters got off to fast start. In the first six minutes of the game they went on a 10-2 run before taking an 11-7 lead after the first quarter. But the second quarter was streaky for both teams. First the Beeters stretched their lead to 21-9. But as the quarter progressed Dylan Crittenden led the Knights on a 10-0 run to cut the Beeters' lead to 21-19 at the half. In the third quarter the Knights moved one step closer. They outscored the Beeters 12-11 and cut the Beeters lead to 32-31 with just one quarter left to play. The fourth quarter was just as tight. And even though the Knight's Kellan Warren had two attempts at a lastsecond shot, the Beeters outscored the Knights 11-10 for the win. Normally the Beeters thrive from beyond the 3-point arc. But Monday night their style of play was altered by the Knight's defense. In the first half the Beeters were 1-of-3 from three, and in the second half they were only 1-of-2. “They really played our perimeter kids hard tonight,” Daniels said. “We had to send kids to the basket. We drove the ball to the hole hard and got points when we needed them.” As well as finding their way to the basket, the Beeters also found their way to the free-throw-line. Chinook was 52 percent from the line, going 11-of-21 on the night. The Beeters made five of those in the fourth quarter, helping to maintain their lead. “We like to shoot better than 50 percent,” Daniels said. “But we hit the ones we had to hit.” The Knights took the game down to the wire, but came up just short. Crittenden led the offense with 15 points and Kellan Warren followed with 12. Jordy Donoven and Connor Kline also finished with seven a piece. Crittenden also led with 13 total rebounds. For the Beeters, Lane Schmitt led the offense with 13 points. Dylan MacLean finished with 10 and Taylor Erskine added nine. MacLean also led with seven total rebounds while Chris Haider led with four assists. “We always fight and never give up,” Schmitt said. We didn’t fail under the pressure, it feels really good. We have never been there (Northern C Tournament) before so hopefully we go in there and play hard.” Chinook will get right into action Wednesday at 6 p.m. when they face Dutton-Brady in the first round of the Northern C Divisonal in Great Falls.
Chinook survives North Star's challenge
Beeters headed to their first Northern C Divisional
Published: Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
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