By Harvey Brock
CHINOOK The Wolf Point Wolves rolled in to Chinook Friday night ranked No. 1 in the state's Class B poll, and left town with a 75-51 win over the Sugarbeeter boys basketball team.
Chinook, playing its final home game of the season, could not overcome Wolf Point's full court press. The Beeters committed nine turnovers in the opening period.
Senior guard Luke Sansaver scored the first 14 points of the game for the Wolves as the visitors raced out to a 20-8 first-quarter lead. Chinook's Casey Schmitt scored 10 of his 17 points in the first half to keep Chinook close, but there were too many turnovers. Chinook coach Derek Miller was frustrated by his team's play in the first half.
"We can't turn the ball over and win," he said. "We had 17 turnovers in the first half."
The Wolf Point pressure continued in the second half. Wolves senior center Wacy Weeks scored 11 second-half points as Wolf Point built a 17-point lead at the end of three, and blew the game open in the fourth period.
Chinook senior Kevin Hansen scored 12 second-half points as the Beeters tried to rally, but Wolf Point demonstrated the killer instinct of a No. 1-ranked team for a 24-point win.
Wolves coach Kim Haynes was happy with his team. "Considering that we had some kids banged up, I thought the kids did wonderful. We got the lead early, and that allowed us to run our offense. The kids were very effective running the offense."
Chinook's coach thought his team played well at times against the state's No. 1 team.
"We have the capabilities to play with teams like Wolf Point, but you can't make mistakes. We missed too many easy shots. Every time we tried to make a run at them, we would have a lapse and they would go on a run. I thought we executed our offense well at times. We did OK getting past their press, but then we would throw the ball away trying to feed it in to the post. We have to learn to be more patient."
Chinook closed out its regular season Saturday night, losing to Cut Bank, 46-62. The Sugarbeeters will join Wolf Point at divisionals next week in Glasgow.