Havre basketball team struggles after halftime in two tough losses
BUTTE The tonic the Havre basketball team consumed before
its victory against fourth-ranked Browning last Thursday in
the first round of the Central A Divisional tournament
turned sour during the course of the weekend.
Havre faltered badly in the second half of games Friday and
Saturday, losing to Butte Central (63-34) and Lewistown
(49-37) to be ousted from the tournament and watch its
season end at 6-15 overall.
In Friday's semifinal contest, Butte Central staked a 26-21
halftime lead over the Ponies, but the game did not remain
close after that.
The Maroons outscored Havre 19-6 in the third period to
take a 45-27 lead entering the final quarter. Butte Central
didn't allow the Ponies a chance to rally, putting up 16
fourth-quarter points compared to Havre's seven.
Sigurdur Einarsson led Butte Central with 17 points, and
Tyler McIntyre added 13.
Tyler Vincent and Mike Frey scored eight points apiece for
In Saturday's loser-out game against Lewistown, Havre took
a 29-26 lead into the fourth period, but the Ponies ran out
Havre, which led 20-12 at halftime, was outscored 23-8 in
the final quarter to see that advantage evaporate.
Tagan LaFountain and Andrew Marienberg scored 13 and 12
points, respectively, for Lewistown.
Danny Wirtzberger paced the Ponies with nine points in the
Dillon claimed the tournament title with a 69-49 victory
over Butte Central in the championship game.
Browning came back from its loss to the Ponies Thursday
with three straight wins to claim third place, including a
61-55 win over Lewistown in the third-fourth place game
BUTTE CENTRAL 63, HAVRE 34
BUTTE CENTRAL (63) Johnson 8, Burns 3, Redekopp 7,
Einarsson 17, Brophy 2, Tippett 9, Boyle 4, McIntyre 13.
HAVRE (34) Wirtzberger 7, Frey 8, Brothers 4, Harada 3,
Pedraza 2, Vincent 8, Wells 2.
LEWISTOWN 49, HAVRE 37
LEWISTOWN (49) Durbin 9, Oldenburg 3, Moen 10, Marienberg
12, LaFountain 13, Sweeney 2.
HAVRE (37) Wirtzberger 9, Frey 7, Fink 5, Harada 5,
Pedraza 6, Vincent 5.