By John Robbins
Butte Central Maroons (6-0/9-1) 55 VS Dillon Beavers (4-3/7-4) 38
The Butte Central Maroons boys’ basketball team isn’t letting off the gas anytime soon, it showed again tonight, in what was a somewhat slow start for the Maroons, they kicked it right into gear and took off with the dynamic duo of Dougie Peoples and Eric Loos leading the way for the Maroons tonight.
The Beavers came out and scored their first two buckets to take a 4-0 lead but were quickly answered by an Eric Loos 3 ball to make it 4-3 Beavers, Dougie Peoples would come back down and put on the spin cycle for a quick two for Butte.
The Beavers would work the ball around their next possession and cash in a 3 ball, Dougie Peoples slashed down the lane and hit a floater to make it 12-9. On Butte Centrals next time down the floor, Owen McPartland would cash in a trey ball of his own to knot it at 12 with 2:40 remaining in the first quarter.
Off a second chance opportunity Loos snagged a board and put in an easy two to help the Maroons take their first lead of the contest 14-12 with 59 ticks left in the first quarter.
The first period would end in a deadlock at 14 apiece, Eric Loos went right to the line to begin the second period hitting 1 of 2 free throws. Both teams would start slow to begin the second, the Maroons made a couple of trips to the line early on all from senior Eric Loos hitting 3 of 4, it was 17-16 Maroons with 4:45 to go in the first half.
Dougie Peoples would cash in another duce with defenders draped all over him and no foul call, Maroons would lead 19-16 in a scrappy first half of play from both teams.
Dillon went ice cold from deep and the Maroons would hit another pair of free throws to take a 21-16 advantage with 45 seconds remaining, Dillon would get a quick layup with just under 10 seconds remaining and the maroons would take a 21-18 lead into the half.
Dougie Peoples came right out of the gates in the second half and dropped the hammer on a 3 ball to give the Maroons a 24-18 lead. Eric Loos would get an offensive board on the Maroons next possession and put the ball right back in the bucket to lead to a Dillon timeout with 6:34 to go in the 3rd quarter 26-18 Maroons.
Zane Moodry would get a great dish from Kyle Holter on an out of bounds play and complete the easy two to give the Maroons a 10-point lead, as they wreaked havoc defensively causing turnover after turnover and getting buckets off those turnovers which would lead to another timeout from Dillon with 5:20 to go in the 3rd the Maroons led 30-18.
Eric Loos would continue down low for Central hitting a little floater in the lane for an easy two to make it 34-25 Maroons, on the very next possession Owen McPartland would drop another triple to give the Maroons a 12-point advantage with 1:17 left in the 3rd quarter.
On a great hustle play from Jack Keeley, he snagged a board and had a quick put back at the horn and the Maroons would lead 39-25 after three as the Beavers just couldn’t get it going offensively tonight.
With just under 7 minutes to go in the 4th Dougie hit his defender with a 3 piece and a soda combo and sent him on ice skates, crashing to the ground as the ball ripped through the net for another Maroon 3 ball 43-25 Maroons.
The Maroons would cruise to victory, and it was never really close as the Maroons keep their hot win streak alive and take this one 55-38.
The Boys will head to Hamilton this weekend with the girls to take on Hamilton High at 5:30 pm.
Dougie Peoples was the leading scorer for the Maroons with 23 points, Eric Loos had a cool 16, Owen McPartland and Kyle Holter each tossed in 6, and both Zane Moodry and Jack Keeley had a pair of points each.
Dillon was led by Carter Curnow who had 13 for the Beavers.