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Regular season comes to end this weekend

By B.L. Azure
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Two Eagles Brendan McDonald was leading in the Missoulian’s male athlete of the week for his part in a pair of Two Eagle victories this past week. (B.L. Azure photo) Two Eagles Brendan McDonald was leading in the Missoulianís male athlete of the week for his part in a pair of Two Eagle victories this past week. (B.L. Azure photo)

This weekend marks the end of the 2017-18 regular season and the beginning of the February Frenzy morph to March Madness — high school style.

Of the seven Flathead Reservation teams, the been there, done that defending State C champion Arlee Warriors have the guns, some height and bucket loads of experience to go deep at state tournament competition.

Going into the final week the four remaining undefeated teams, one from each division. It’s number one ranked Arlee (16-0) in the West, fifth-ranked Heart Butte (17-0) in the North, second-ranked Scobey in the East and third-ranked Melstone in the South. Heretofore they have been dominating teams, however this past weekend Heart Butte narrowly — two points — defeated Power to keeps its slate clear of losses. Shadowing the Warriors run to state is fourth-ranked Manhattan Christian (14-2). They could meet up at the Western C Divisional in Hamilton Feb. 22-24, or perhaps at the State C Tournament, March 1-3 in Butte.

If the teams remain undefeated till the State C semifinals the Warriors would play Scobey, and Melstone would play Heart Butte. From that would be the two undefeated survivors — how about Arlee versus Melstone — to battle for the State C championship.

Also in State A competition, the Polson Pirates have a way of making it to State due to good tournament runs. There will have to be some surprise losses and lucky victories for the Pirates to beyond the Western A Divisional Tournament.

For the rest of the Rez teams it’s wait till next year for the eternal dream to become reality.

Arlee (10-0. 16-0)
The Arlee Warriors choo-choo continues to chooggle down the line with a one-track mindset: win, clacka, win, win, clacka, clacka, win, win, win, clacka, win, win, clacka, win. The Warriors haven’t lost a game since losing a game to Plains early in of the 2016-17 season. And it appears they won’t get any tough competition until the Western C Divisional where Warriors frenemy Manhattan Christian, whom the Warriors defeated in the State C championship game 71-67. The teams have a history and hopefully the Warriors are doomed to repeat last season’s feat.

The Warriors kept up their winning ways in their lone contest of this past week, a down-river roadie “W” against the Noxon Red Devils. As has been the case, this season and last, a blind fortuneteller who never dribbled a basketball could predict the outcome of Warriors games: wide-margin victories. The games are usually over but not in the books by the end of the first quarter. That was the case in Noxon where the Warriors jumped out to a blistering 23-5 first quarter lead followed by a 19-3 second quarter that put the Warriors up, up and away by halftime with a 42-8 lead. in some games mercy comes to fare

Warrior’s Top Gun Fill-em up Phillip Malatare led Arlee with 22 points; Will Mesteth and Greg Whitesell each had 12 points, and Lane Johnson 8.

Rylan Weltz led the Red Devils with 11 points and Alex Currie had 10.

Two Eagle guard Kesean Burke sets off on a fast break. Burke has been a major contributor to the Eagles 9-8 season and with a little bit of mojo could pull off an upset at the District 14-C Tournament next week and punch their ticket to the Western C Divisional. (B.L. Azure photo) Two Eagle guard Kesean Burke sets off on a fast break. Burke has been a major contributor to the Eagles 9-8 season and with a little bit of mojo could pull off an upset at the District 14-C Tournament next week and punch their ticket to the Western C Divisional. (B.L. Azure photo)

Charlo (7-3, 13-4)
The District 14-C third-place Vikings dispatched a pair of 13-C foes — Darby and Phillipsburg — by wide margin victories.

Thursday, the Darby Tigers motored north to Charlo for the non-conference game. The Vikings established early scoring margins the Tigers couldn’t claw into the remainder of the game. The Vikings followed a 17-12 first quarter with a 15-8 second to go up 32-20 at the half. The Vikings continued to add to their lead with a 19-5 third to put them up 51-25 going into the final stanza. The Tigers got a bit on track in the fourth where they outscored the Vikings 19-15. However that was too little too late and the Vikings earned their 12th win of the season by topping Darby 66-44.

Tyson Petticrew led the Vikings with 25 points and Landers Smith had 15.

The Vikings hit the road Saturday for a game at Phillipsburg against the Prospectors. The Vikings, once again, establish an early lead — 28-15 at the half — they protected and rowed out to a 52-36 victory.

Petticrew led the Vikings with 21 points and Toby Odom had 11 points.

Two Eagle River (4-6, 9-8)
The 14-C Eagles earned a pair of non-conference (13-C) victories at the Eagles Nest to up their record to 9-8.

Friday, Clark Fork (Alberton-Superior co-op) came to Pablo for a tussle with the Eagles that they lost. It was a nail biter of a first half. Clark Fork scooted out of the gates and established a 14-5 first quarter lead. Then the Eagles soared in the second, outscoring Clark Fork 20-10 to narrow their lead to one (25-24) at the half. The Eagles owned the second half, outscoring Clark Fork 45-28 to account for the 70-52 win.

Kesean Burke led the Eagles with 14 points, Bronco Branson had 11 points, and Brendan McDonald and Brandon Larios each had 10.

Carson Callison led Clark Fork with 12 points.

On Saturday, the St. Regis Tigers came to the Eagles Nest in search of a victory. They found it but it was the 87-63 Eagle’s victory.

The Eagles outscored the Tigers 21-17 in the first and 29-15 in the second to go up 50-32 at the half. They widened the lead with a 37-31 second half to earn the wind.

McDonald led the Eagles with 28 points; Burke had 12 points, and Branson and Larios each had 11 points.

Ian Farris led the Tigers with 25 points.

Hot Springs (1-8, 2-14)
The Savage Heat dropped a pair of 14-C conference games this past week at the hands — hooves — of the Plains Horsemen and another, a close one against the Noxon Red Devils.

The Savage Heat got a bit trampled by the Horsemen Thursday evening in Plains. It was a sluggish first half with the Horsemen earning a 9-2 first quarter lead followed by a 12-9 second that put them up 21-11 at the half. Plains found got its sights set in the second half, outscoring the Savage Heat 31-12 in the second half to earn the 52-23 victory.

Brandon Knudsen led Hot Springs with 16 points.

Jay VonHeeder led Plains with 12 points.

The home-stand against the Noxon Red Devils was a close one and one that slipped through the Savage Heat hands due to a fourth quarter in which Noxon outscored them 18-13 to snatch a 47-46 victory from Hot Springs.

Knudson led Hot Sprints with 31 points.

Logan Wood led Noxon with 16 points.

St. Ignatius (0-7, 4-12)
The Mission Bulldogs came out on the short end of an overtime game against the Missoula Loyola Rams Friday in Missoula.

The Bulldogs came out scrapping and had one of its best opening quarters where they built a 28-17 advantage. Loyola responded with 17-9 second quarter to put the score at 37-34 at the half in Mission’s favor. The Bulldogs answered the bell in the second half with a 16-14 third that put them up five (53-48) going into the fourth quarter. Loyola responded with a 17-12 to knot the score at 65-all and send the contest into overtime. The Rams owned the overtime and outscored Mission 19-5 to walk off with the 84-70 victory.

Wacey McClure led the Bulldogs with 30 points; Jedi Christy had 10 points and Flint McPherson 8.

Jack Lincoln led Loyola with 21 points and Jacob Hollenback had 17.

Polson (7-3, 9-8)
The Pirates cruised over the Continental Divide for a game against the Northwest A second place team, the Browning Indians. It was a close game throughout with taffy pulling leads established by the Indians who outscored the Pirates 8-7 in the first and 11-7 in the second to lead 19-14 at the half. Browning added one to the lead with a 12-11 third quarter to go up 31-25 after three. The 19-15 fourth set the final margin of victory at 50-40 in favor of the Indians.

Asa Askan, Shade Main and Cardell Walker each had 8 points to lead Polson.

Tyree Whitcomb led Browning with 9 points.

Ronan (4-6, 7-10)
The Ronan Chiefs dropped its only game of the week against the number-one ranked Class B Bigfork Vikings on the road. The Vikings got the better of the Chiefs in the first three quarters to establish a wide margin lead — 58-21 — that was insurmountable. The Chiefs outscored Bigfork 15-14 in the fourth quarter but that was way too little, way too late. Bigfork 72, Ronan 36

Anthony Camel led the Chiefs with 19 points and Dallas Deerheim had 9.

Anders Epperly led the Vikings with 16 points.

Boys Box Scores – Feb. 1-3
Thursday, Feb. 1
Bigfork 72, Ronan 36
Ronan     5     12     4     15     —     36
Bigfork     18     21     19     14     —     72
Ronan: Ezekiel Misa 6, Dallas Deerheim 9, Jacob Gatch 2, Anthony Camel 19.
Bigfork: Anders Epperly 16, Clayton Reichenbach 5, Eli Hines 4, Colton Reichenbach 5, Luke Schmidt 5, Logan Taylor 4, Chase Chappuis 5, Logan Gilliard 12, Bo Santisteven 13, Colt 3.

Arlee 73, Noxon 36
Arlee     23     19     21     9     —     73
Noxon     5     3     13     15     —     36     Arlee: Will Mesteth 12, Phillip Malatare 22, Lane Johnson 8, Cody Tanner 6, Nate Coulson 1, Greg Whitesell 12, Billy Fisher 3, Lane Schall 2, Isaac Fisher 7.
Noxon: Logan Wood 4, Owen Fisher 3, Aiden Gallaway 3, Braedon Marshall 3, Rylan Weltz 11, Alex Currie 10, Levi Brubaker 2.

Plains 52, Hot Springs 23
Hot Springs     2     9     3     9     —     23
Plains     9     12     16     15     —     52
‘Hot Springs: Brandon Knudsen 16, Luke Waterbury 1, Tyler Carr 6.
Plains: Tanner Ovitt 7, Kyle Weeks 4, Wyatt Weyers 7, Treydon Brouillette 3, Branden Managhan 6, Matt McCracken 4, Sinjin LaDeaux 2, Jay VonHeeder 12, Esvin Reyes 1, Derick Curry 6.     
Friday, Feb. 2

Two Eagle River 70, Alberton-Superior 52
A.-Superior     14     10     15     13     —     52
Two Eagle     5     20     22     23     —     70
Alberton-Superior: Hewston Coon 3, Danner Haskins 6, Bryan Mask 6, Carson Callison 12, Aaron Waddle 11, Drake Neill 1, Conner Voll 13.
Two Eagle: Brendan McDonald 10, Dom Finley 7, Dylan Moran 4, Stanley Alexander 5, Bronco Branson 11, Kesean Burke 14, Travis Pierre 9, Brandon Larios 10.

Charlo 66, Darby 44
Darby     12     8     5     19     —     44
Charlo     17     15     19     15     —     66
Darby: Smith 19, Winter 9, Smith 5, Hansen 4, Muir 2, Kayser 4, N/A 1
Charlo: Nate Delaney 3, Tyson Petticrew 25, Brock Tomlin 2, Landers Smith 15, Toby Odom 12, Sander Perry 4, Brady Fryberger 5.

Missoula Loyola 84, St. Ignatius 70 (OT)
St. Ignatius     28     9     16     12     5     —     84
Loyola     17     17     14     17     19     —     70
St. Ignatius: Wacey McClure 30, Jedi Christy 10, Flint McPherson 8, Jacob Hugs 7, Matthew Anderson 7, Jeremiah Jones 3, Levi Alexander 2, Lucas Vanderburg 2, Warren Castor 1.
Loyola: Jack Lincoln 21, Jacob Hollenback 17, David Koppang 14, Joey McElroy 13, Ryan Tirrell 9, Charles Burns 4, Bridger Bell 3, Scotty Twite 2, Cooper Waters 1.

Saturday, Feb. 3
Browning 50, Polson 40
Polson     7     7     11     15     —     40
Browning     8     11     12     19     —     50
‘Polson: Asa Askan 8, Robin Erickson 1, Connor Lanier 7, Shade Main 8, Weston Danely 6, Cardell Walker 8, Micah Haskin 2.
Browning: Nano Stiffarm 5, Derek Loring 5, James Gilham 8, Ethan Running Crane 2, Justin Burd 8, Deion Mad Plume 8, Tyree Whitcomb 9, Latrell BullChild 2, Brandon Aimsback 3.

Two Eagle River 87, St. Regis 63
St. Regis     17     15     21     10     —     63
Two Eagle     21     29     17     20     —     87
St. Regis: Nic Day 10, Andrew Sanford 8, James Booker 3, Ryan Teeter 5, Ian Farris 25, Tanner Day 5, Adam Day 7.
Two Eagle: Brendan McDonald 28, Dom Finley 9, Dylan Moran 7, Bronco Branson 11, Brandon Larrios 11, Kesean Burke 12, Travis Pierre 5, Elias Adams 2, Walter Reddick 2.

Noxon 47, Hot Springs 46
Noxon     8     9     11     18     —     47
Hot Springs     18     6     9     13     —     46
Noxon: Logan Wood 16, Levi Brubaker 12, Rylan Weltz 10, Braedon Marshall 4, Ethan Henricksen 4, Owen Fisher 1.
Hot Springs: Brandon Knudson 31, Tyler Carr 7, Justin Salmi 6, Luke Waterbury 2.

Charlo 52, Philipsburg 36
Charlo     14     14     10     14     —     52
Philipsburg     8     7     6     15     —     36
Charlo: Tyson Petticrew 21, Toby Odom 11, Landers Smith 7, Nathan Delaney 4, Sander Perry 4, Garett Vaughan 3, Brady Fryberger 2.
Philipsburg: Kade Cutler 17, Colton Grange 12, Jaxon Lee 2, Bryce Parret 2, Daniel Brabender 2, Kane Hess 1.

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