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Blue Pony boys throttle Cowboys, lose a thriller in Hardin

 

Last updated 1/11/2021 at 7:41am

The Havre High boys basketball team took to the road for the first time this season, playing games at Miles City and Hardin last weekend. And the Blue Ponies came away with an impressive split, but also some heartache as well.

Friday night, Havre took care of Miles City in a Northeast A showdown, 64-51. The Ponies were on fire in the first half, leading by as much as 13 points, and taking a 36-26 lead into intermission. Miles City did cut the lead down in the third quarter, with some big 3-pointers, but Havre hit plenty of key buckets of their own and finished the game on a 17-12 run to win by double digits.

“Miles city was a really good team win for us,” Havre head coach Walynn Burgess said. “I thought we did a really good job of establishing ourselves in the paint and boards. We did a really good job of establishing ourselves in the paint. I thought our guards did a good job of taking what the defense gave us. Overall it’s a good way to close out a conference game on the road. We will always take them any way we can get them.”

Havre was led in the victory by Josh Warp's game-high 22 points, which included an 11-for-11 performance from the foul line. Kellen Detrick added 19 points, while Clint Owens had 15 rebounds, including 10 offensive boards.

The win improved Havre to 2-0 in the Northeast, and set up a non-league showdown with one of the top teams in the state, Hardin Bulldogs. And in Hardin Saturday afternoon, it looked, for much of the game, like the Ponies would pull off a huge win, as they led the Bulldogs by as many as 10 points. Yet, Hardin would eventually storm back for an 86-81 win in overtime.

The game was a high-scoring bout throughout, with Hardin leading 16-15 after one, but Havre scoring 23 points in the second. The Ponies then went on a 17-7 run in the third and were ahead 55-48 with eight minutes left. The Bulldogs however, scored 23 points in the fourth to force an extra frame, where the Bulldogs, the 2020 Class A state co-champions, outscored the Ponies 15-10.

"Always tough to go on the road and get a win especially against a team like Hardin," Burgess said. "Give it up to them they played hard and shot lights out for a home opener, but it’s a good teaching moment for the boys. I was proud of the way we played at moments, just have to take care of a few mental mistakes and that game can swing in another way. We will regroup and get ready for Browning Thursday night in the corral."

Detrick paced a torrid Pony scoring effort with 22 points, while Warp hit two triples and scored 16. Max Olson added 13 points and Owens chipped in with 12.

Havre will be back home Thursday night, when the Ponies host Browning. Havre then travels to Sidney Friday.

Havre 64, Miles City 51

Havre 16 20 11 17 - 64

Miles City 8 18 13 12 - 51

Havre - Josh Warp 22, Max Olson 4, Nolan Lotton 4, Josh Currie 7, Kellen Detrick 19, Caden Jenkins 2, Clint Owens 6.

MC - Aiden Cline 2, Jackson Whicker 7, Ryder Lee 8, Zach Welch 6, Ed Brooks 4, Dalton Polesky 11, Teagan Williams 3, Logan Muri 7.

Hardin 86, Havre 81 OT

Havre 15 23 17 16 10 - 81

Hardin 16 21 11 23 15 - 86

Havre - Josh Warp 16, Max Olson 13, Nolan Lotton 5, Josh Currie 5, Isaac Pedraza 3, Kellen Detrick 22, Caden Jenkins 5, Clint Owens 12.

Hardin - Trae Hugs 4, Eric Woods 5, Taivon Remos 3, Keyshawn Rogers 24, Jalen High Hawk 5, Peyton Good Luck 23, Hance Three Irons.

 

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