After a red-hot finish to the regular season, and a dominating performance at last weekend’s District 1B tournament, everything looked to be falling into to place for the Rocky Boy boys basketball team.
But at the Northern B divisional tournament in Glasgow, things ended up not falling the Stars’ way. Rocky Boy survived a one-point scare from Harlem in the Thursday’s opening round, but facing the Glasgow Scotties on their home court in Friday night’s Northern B semifinal, the Stars couldn’t stop a dramatic Glasgow comeback. Rocky Boy rallied on Saturday morning, beating Conrad in a thriller, but Saturday night’s consolation game was the end of the line.
Facing 1B regular season champion Choteau in the third-place title, the Stars watched their season come to an end in a 63-58 loss to the Bulldogs. Rocky Boy beat Choteau at last week’s 1B tourney, and got off to a great start Saturday night. The Stars raced out to a 15-11. But the middle two periods would be Rocky Boy’s undoing. The Bulldogs scored 39 points over the next 16 minutes, including 20 in the second stanza, which narrowed the Stars’ lead to 32-21 at halftime. The Bulldogs overtook the Stars in the third quarter, and never trailed again in what turned out to be the Stars’ final game of a 15-10 season.
In the consolation game loss, Bubby Gopher scored 14 points and Cecil Lafromboise added 13, but, Rocky Boy’s leading scorers, Junior Day Child and Desmond Parker were held to a combined nine points, while Choteau’s Derrek Durocher scored 15 points, all on 3-pointers.
The Stars’ loss to Glasgow on Friday night was in similar fashion. They dominated the first half, leading 36-24 at intermission. But Glasgow came roaring back in the third period, out-scoring the Stars 22-13. Glasgow overtook Rocky Boy in the fourth and went on to post 49 total points in the second half, and the Stars were helpless to watch as the Scotties earned a trip to the title game, a game they would ended up winning against 2B rival Malta on Saturday night.
In the semifinal loss, Day Child scored 17 points and Gopher added 15, but Glasgow’s Jason Thibault poured in a game-high 26.
The loss to the Scotties hurt, but Rocky Boy showed plenty of heart by beating Conrad 74-73 on Saturday morning. The Cowboys, who won just five games all season, surprised the Stars by exploding for 23 points in the second quarter, which led to a 38-27 halftime edge. Conrad stayed hot in the third stanza, and held an eight-point lead in the final eight minutes. But the Stars caught fire, not wanting their season to end. They rallied to score 26 points in the final frame, and made big shot after big shot down the stretch to advance.
In Rocky Boy’s final win of the year, Skylar Parisian scored 17 points, while Parker added 15.
Harlem, which lost to the Stars on Thursday night, was eliminated on Friday morning. I a loser-out game against Choteau, the Wildcats fell 84-68 as the Bulldogs began their miraculous run which started with a first-round loss to Glasgow on Thursday night. Harlem played well, but had to watch as Durocher scored 36 points and hit seven three’s for the Bulldogs. In the loss, Harlem got 17 points from Isiah Laurence and 10 each from Isiah Doney and Anthony Grey.
Glasgow punched its ticket to the Class B state tournament with Saturday night’s victory over Malta. Choteau will play the Mustangs in a challenge game tonight for the second Northern B spot in the state tourney, which runs March 13-15 in Bozeman.
Choteau 63, Rocky Boy 58 (3rd)
Choteau 11 20 19 13 -- 63
Rocky Boy 15 17 11 15 -- 58
Choteau -- Logan Crabtree 3, Wyatt Pannabecker 13, Liam Breen 7, Collin Achenbach 14, Derrek Durocher 15, Dylan Pannabecker 11. Totals: 23 7-16.
Rocky Boy -- Bubby Gopher 14, Isiah Murie 2, Levi Olson 4, Skylar Parisian 12, Junior Day Child 7, Desmond Parker 2, Cecil Lafromboise 13, Sarain Young Bear 4. Totals: 24 7-9.
Total fouls -- Choteau 9, RB 18. Technical foul -- Choteau bench. 3-pointers -- Crabtree, W. Pannabecker 2, Breen, Durocher 5, D. Pannabecker, Gopher 3.
Rocky Boy 74, Conrad 73 (lo)
Conrad 15 23 19 16 -- 73
Rocky Boy 12 15 21 26 -- 74
Conrad -- Blake Underdahl 21, Brett Peters 2, Shane Larson 23, Tristen Diedrich 11, Clark Judisch 11, Kyle Murack 5. Totals: 24 21-32.
Rocky Boy -- Bubby Gopher 8, Isiah Murie 7, Levi Olson 7, Skylar Parisian 17, Junior Day Child 8, Lane Parker 2, Desmond Parker 15, Sarain Young Bear 10. Totals: 29 6-11.
Total fouls: Conrad 12, PF 24. 3-pointers -- Underdahl, Larson 2, Murack, Gupher 2, Murie, Olson, Parisian 4, Day Child 2.
Choteau 84, Harlem 68 (lo)
Choteau 19 20 19 26 - 84
Harlem 10 12 19 27 - 68
Choteau - Logan Crabtree 3, Wyatt Pannabecker 6, Liam Breen 4, Darrien Garcia 1, Collin Achenbach 16, Qwinn Weisner 2, Derrek Durocher 36, Dylan Pannabecker 11, Logan Howard 5.
Harlem - Dutch Helgenson 2, Stanley Irvine 5, Isaish Laurence 17, Isaiah Doney 10, Anthony Grey 10, Tristen Gone 9, Tyler Doney 4, Clay Doney 6, Cory Stiffarm 5.
Total fouls: Choteau 17, Harlem 28. Fouled out: Breen, Irvine, Laurence. 3-pointers: Durocher 7, Irvine, Laurence, Doney 2, Grey, Stiffarm.
Glasgow 73, Rocky Boy 69 (sf)
Rocky Boy 14 22 13 20 -- 69
Glasgow 12 12 22 27 -- 73
Rocky Boy -- Bubby Gopher 16, Isiah Murie 2, Levi Olson 4, Skylar Parisian 13, Junior Day Child 17, Lance Parker 2, Desmond Parker 7, Cecil LaFromboise 8. Totals: 27 7-10.
Glasgow -- Gage Legare 1, Jason Thibault 26, Lane Herbert 22, Jake Page 2, Chase Fossum 11, Keil Krumweide 8, Jake Kolstad 3. Totals: 22 21-30.
Total fouls -- RVB 23, Glasgow 14. Fouled out -- Parisian. 3-pointers -- Gopher 4, Parisian, Day Child 2, D.Parker, Thibault 4, Herbert 4.