HLP flies into Northern C semifinals

T-Birds take down Heart Butte, Fort Benton falls on day one of Northern C boys


February 21, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Hays-Lodge Pole's Jeremy Pretty Paint, left, goes up for a shot during a Northern C boys first-round game against Heart Butte Wednesday night inside the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls. The Thunderbirds beat the Warriors to move one step closer to a Northern C title. HLP will play in the semifinals on Friday. Chinook plays its opening round game this morning.

GREAT FALLS - There were a lot of upsets on the first day of the Northern C Boys Divisional basketball tournament in Great Falls, and after all three No. 1 seeds went down in the girls tournament, Hays-Lodge Pole pulled the first upset of the boys tournament with a 57-48 win over 10C champion Heart Butte.

HLP, which advanced to divisionals after getting third at the District 9C tournament last week in Havre, used a big second quarter to take a 32-18 lead into halftime then held on late after Heart Butte momentarily tied the game. Despite that, HLP (16-7) hung on for the nine-point win and...

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