By Rob Everingham
The Chinook Sugarbeeters basketball team dropped a pair of games this weekend as they fell to Wolf Point on Friday night, 63-46 and Cut Bank on Saturday night, 65-61.
Friday night the 'Beeters were led by Adam Gibson who had 12 points.
Chinook jumped out quick and led at the end of the first quarter, 11-8.
Wolf Point took command in the second as they outscored Chinook 20-10 to take a 28-21 lead at the half.
In the third the Wolves outscored Chinook 17-14 to push their lead out even further.
Wolf Point held on in the fourth as they cruised to the win.
Also in double figures for the 'Beeters was Kalled Jaha who had 10.
Chinook head coach Mark Roseberry said they did not put together a solid game. The biggest problem in the game was turnovers, Roseberry said. Chinook finished with 24 turnovers.
"We did not handle their pressure well, and too many of our offensive possessions ended with out getting a decent shot," Roseberry said.
On Saturday night against Cut Bank both teams played to a 10-10 tie.
In the second the Wolves of Cut Bank outscored the 'Beeters by a point at 17-16 to take a 27-26 halftime lead.
Chinook pulled ahead in the third as they outscored Cut Bank 17-12.
In the fourth it was all Cut Bank as they outscored Chinook 22-12 to pick up the win.
The 'Beeters were led by Troy Omsberg and Jaha who each had 15 points. They were the only two players in double figures.
Roseberry said he was very pleased with his teams defense against the No. 1 ranked Wolves.
The 'Beeters had minimal breakdowns against Cut Bank and played mentally tough.
One of the biggest differences in the game was that Cut Bank shot 26 free throws, while Chinook shot only four.
"Although we did not pick up the win, we played hard, refused to give up and came away satisfied that the 'Beeters had left their heart and a great game there on Cut Bank's floor," Roseberry said.