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Wildcats roll, Pioneers keep on winning

 

Last updated 1/18/2022 at 8:24am

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Rocky Boy's Ben Crebs, left, lays up a shot during a non-conference game against the Heart Butte Warriors last Tuesday in Rocky Boy. The Stars fell to the Warriors in a close game.

It feels like the season just started, but postseason basketball is already only a month away from beginning. With little time to find their identities, Hi-Line boys basketball teams are looking to find their groove. This past week, many Hi-Line teams continued to play well and build toward the postseason.

The week got started with a pair of games Tuesday night. At home, the Hays-Lodge Pole Thunderbirds hosted Dodson who they defeated 67-55. The Rocky Boy Stars also played Tuesday night when they lost, 78-73, to Class C Heart Butte. The Stars and Warriors played competitively throughout the night and the Stars even had a 36-35 lead at halftime. But the Warriors dominated the third quarter to take a 58-49 lead. The Stars battled in the fourth quarter but they were unable to come back.

Hi-Line basketball continued Thursday night with a District 9C matchup between the Fort Benton Longhorns and the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks. It was a tight contest, but the Longhorns prevailed for a 58-52 victory. The Longhorns had the edge early as they had a 28-24 lead. The Longhorns continued to play well in the third quarter as they extended their lead to 43-31 lead. The Hawks fought back in the fourth but Fort Benton held on for the win. Cody Evans led the Longhorns with 21 points while Blake Harmon led the Hawks with 26 points.

Competition continued with several games Friday night. The Harlem Wildcats got their week started with a 71-64 win over Glasgow. The Wildcats took an early 15-12 lead in the first quarter but the Scotties kept with them to trail 25-23 at halftime. The Wildcats and Scotties traded baskets in an explosive third quarter but Harlem held on to win the game. Teegan LeValdo led Harlem with 19 points and R.J. Ramone was right behind him with 18 points of his own.

Many games Friday night saw District 9C teams go at it. In one matchup, the Chinook Sugarbeeters defeated the North Star Knights for a 51-31 victory. In another 9C matchup, the Big Sandy Pioneers won, 74-52, over the Turner Tornadoes. The Pioneers got off to a strong start as they led, 47-22, at halftime, The Tornadoes played better in the second half but they were unable to overcome the deficit. Brayden Cline had a strong day for Big Sandy as he connected on four 3-pointers and he led the team with 26 points. Ryan Doyle led Turner with 18 points in the loss.

The Box Elder Bears got their weekend started on a strong note with a 110-68 win over the HLP Thunderbirds. The Bears set the tone with a 25-14 lead to end the first quarter. They pulled away over the rest of the game, including a 37-point third quarter. Tyrus LaMere led the Bears with 22 points while Tyshawn Shambo tried to keep the Thunderbirds in the game with his 33 points.

Most Hi-Line teams continued to compete Saturday. The Big Sandy Pioneers ended the week strong as they eked out a 47-45 win over the CJI Hawks. The Hawks took an early advantage for a 14-12 lead but the Pioneers responded to take a 25-24 halftime lead. The Hawks swung back to take a 34-31 lead but the Pioneers played strong in the fourth quarter for the win. Kody Strutz had a strong game with 26 points to lead the Pioneers. Bryce Kammerzell led the Hawks with 15 points.

The Harlem Wildcats played well Saturday in a 93-73 win over the Box Elder Bears. The Wildcats took momentum as they led, 47-39, at halftime. The Bears tried to claw their way back but an explosive fourth quarter from the Wildcats put an end to any hopes of a comeback. Both Daniel Lawrence and Ramone scored 28 points in the contest for Harlem while LaMere led the Bears with 27 points.

After their loss Friday night, the North Star Knights bounced back for a 59-48 win over the Turner Tornadoes. Turner had an early 13-12 lead but the Knights took momentum in the second quarter to take a 29-20 halftime lead. The Knights continued to control the game as they built themselves a 50-34 lead heading to the fourth quarter. The Tornadoes played better in the fourth quarter but it was not enough. Gavin Spicher led the Knights with 18 points and Doyle led Turner with 15 points.

The Chinook Sugarbeeters ended their week with a 61-25 win over the Fort Benton Longhorns.

Tuesday

Heart Butte 78, Rocky Boy 73

HB - 14 21 23 20 - 78

RB - 16 20 13 24 - 73

Hays-Lodge Pole 67, Dodson 55

Thursday

Fort Benton 58, CJI 52

FB - 15 13 15 15 - 58

CJI - 13 11 7 21 - 52

CJI - Blake Harmon 26, Braden Mattson 12, Bryce Kammerzell 10, Karson Pulst 2, Nate Nelson 2.

FB - Cody Evans 21, Jackson Schmele 10, Jacob Giles 8, Landis Arganbright 7, Mateo Socorro 5, Tim Lane 3, Andrew Ballantyne 3, Brock Grossman 1.

Friday

Harlem 71, Glasgow 64

HAR - 15 10 26 20 - 71

GLA - 12 11 24 17 - 64

GLA - Wyatt Babb 18, Riley Smith 16, Keigan Ingram 10, KJ Ingram 8, Bergan Miller 5, Dalton Sand 4, Beau Malnaa 3.

HAR - Teegan LeValdo 19, RJ Ramone 18, Deshon Shambo 11, Daniel Lawrence 7, Amari Stanley 7, Tyler Cichosz 5, Lance Morgan 2, Marty Stewart 2.

Big Sandy 74, Turner 52

TUR - 11 11 17 13 - 52

BS - 19 28 15 12 - 74

BS - Brayden Cline 26, Lane Demontiney 19, Kody Strutz 11, Wylee Snapp 11, Rusty Gasvoda 5, Ryder Galbavy 2.

TUR - Ryan Doyle 18, Carson Maloney 17, Charlie Calvert 6, Trent Billmayer 6, Trever Kimmel 5.

Box Elder 110, Hays-Lodge Pole 68

HLP 14 13 28 13 - 68

BE - 25 19 37 29 - 110

BE - Tyrus LaMere 22, Gym Kelly III 16, Gabe Saddler 16, Skylar Walker 15, Joe Standing Rock 13, Tuaric Rosette 8, Tracen Jilot 7, Mathias Blackbird 5, Theron Oats Jr. 4, K. Baker 2.

HLP - Tyshawn Shambo 33, Brandon Castillo 13, W. Hughes 7, Jacoby Ball 4, Cash Messerly 4, RJ Blackcrow 3, D. Sullivan 2, Daniel Henry 2.

Chinook 51, North Star 31

Saturday

Big Sandy 47, CJI 45

BS - 12 13 6 16 - 47

CJI - 14 10 10 11 - 45

CJI - Bryce Kammerzell 15, Karson Pulst 11, Blake Harmon 10, Nate Nelson 5, Braden Mattson 4.

BS - Kody Strutz 26, Wylee Snapp 12, Brayden Cline 5, Rusty Gasvoda 2, Lane Demontiney 2.

Harlem 93, Box Elder 73

BE - 19 20 20 14 - 73

HAR - 24 23 17 29 - 93

HAR - Daniel Lawrence 28, RJ Ramone 28, Tyler Cichosz 10, Lance Morgan 8, Teegan LeValdo 7, Moses Lawrence 6, Deshon Shambo 3.

BE - Tyrus LaMere 27, Joe Standing Rock 12, Gabe Saddler 12, Tuaric Rosette 6, Mathias Blackbird 6, Skylar Walker 4, Tracen Jilot 3, Alex Four Colors 1.

North Star 59, Turner 48

TUR - 13 7 14 14 - 48

NS - 12 17 21 9 - 59

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Tayce St. Pierre shoots during last Tuesday's game in Rocky Boy.

NS - Gavin Spicher 18, Rhett Wolery 17, Garrett Spicher 12, Gavin Clawson 7, Michael Berg 4, Ty Hansen 1.

TUR - Ryan Doyle 15, Shay Humphreys 10, Trever Kimmel 9, Tate Beck 4, Carson Maloney 4, Charlie Calvert 3, Joseph Trautmann 2, JR Brown 1.

Chinook 61, Fort Benton 25

Chinook - N/A.

FB - N/A.

 

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