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Three for the 9C

Big Sandy's overtime thriller, Chinook's clutch victory and Fort Benton's dominance means all three District 9C boys teams are in the Northern C semifinals tonight in Great Falls


February 28, 2020

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Big Sandy's Ryan Roth lays up a shot during the Pioneers' overtime thriller against Heart Butte in the quarterfinals of the Northern C boys tournament Thursday night in Great Falls. Roth scored 43 points and helped the Pioneers beat the Warriors to advance to tonight's semifinal against rival Chinook.

GREAT FALLS - Fort Benton was supposed to get to the semifinals so, too, was Chinook. But somebody forgot to tell Ryan Roth and the Big Sandy Pioneers that the third seed from the District 9C wasn't supposed to join them.

After an incredible 16-point comeback though, and a 68-65 overtime victory over District 10C champion Heart Butte in the quarterfinals of the Northern C Divisional tournament Thursday night at the Four Seasons Arena, in the semifinals - and a chance at a Northern C championship, and a berth at state- is exactly where the Pioneers are.

Roth scored an incredible 43 points,...

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