On to state for the Stars

Rocky Boy reaches Northern B title game before falling to Poplar


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The Rocky Boy boys basketball team is headed back to the Class B state tournament after finishing second at the Northern B Divisional this weekend in Shelby. The Stars clinched a berth at state by beating Wolf Point Friday night, but fell to Poplar in the championship game Saturday. For more on the Stars, see Tuesday's Havre Daily News.

The Rocky Boy Stars have been red-hot in the postseason. Unfortunately, the Stars ran into a team that got hotter at the Northern B boys tournament in Shelby.

Saturday night, Rocky Boy fell to the Poplar Indians 68-58 in the Northern B championship game, but the Stars are still heading back to the Class B state tournament, which starts Wednesday in Belgrade.

Rocky Boy, which had to win a Northern B challenge game just to get to state a year ago, didn’t have any problems this time around. The Stars took care of Malta 52-39 on Thursday, then knocked off 2B favorite Wolf Point 65-61 in the semifinals to punch their ticket to state.

However, the Stars couldn’t overcome the Indians, who have been on a roll as of late. In the championship game, Poplar jumped on the Stars early, led 35-27 at halftime, and never let Rocky Boy creep any closer the rest of the way. Wyatte Caplette and Frankie Bacon paced the Stars, with the 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Now, the Stars will join Poplar and Shelby as the three teams from the Northern B, which runs Wednesday-Friday in Belgrade. Rocky Boy will face Missoula Loyola in the opening round Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. For more on the Stars, see Tuesday’s Havre Daily News.

Rocky Boy 52, Malta 39

Malta 12 7 8 12 - 39

Rocky Boy 14 12 13 13 - 52

Malta - Tanner Smith 14, Kooper Oxarart 7, Ben Costin 7, Cormac Benn 6, Kaden Bergos 2.

Rocky Boy - Frankie Bacon 14, Blake Cantrell 10, Olin Arkinson 9, Joe Demontiney 6, Jordan Tyner 5, Ben Crebs 4, Sarinas Mithlo 2, Wyatt Caplette 2.

Rocky Boy 65, Wolf Point 61, SF

Wolf Point 13 11 11 26 - 61

Rocky Boy 10 18 16 21 - 65

Rocky Boy: Frankie Bacon 22, Blake Cantrell 15, Wyatt Caplette 5, Olin Arkinson 6, Mac Sutherland 0, Jordan Tyner 9, Joe Demontiney 8.

Wolf Point: Tade Wallette 2, Nick Page 2, Joseph Williamson 25, James Lien 4, Logan Heser 20, Lance St. Germaine 1, Antone Manning 4, Treyton Lilley 3.

Poplar 68, Rocky Boy 58, 1st

Poplar 15 20 19 14 - 68

Rocky Boy 11 16 16 15 - 58

Rocky Boy - Wyatt Caplette 15, Frankie Bacon 14, Blake Cantell 8, Jordan Tyner 7, Ben Crebs 4, Mac Sutherland 3, Olin Arkinson 3, Joe Demontiney 2.

Poplar - Chris Ciglan 15, Wynn Main 12, Kenny Smoker 12, Wilfred Lambert 10, Darryl Joe 8, Dusette Gorneau 8, Logan Young 3.


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