By Derek Hendrickson
LIVINGSTON — The Butte Central Maroons shook off their worst performance of the season and took out some frustration on the Park High Rangers Saturday night, leading wire to wire in a dominating 58-25 win.
Central saw four players score in double figures, led by Marcus Ferriter with 13. He was joined by Dalton Sessions who had 12 while Kale Guldseth and Nate Bolstad both had 10. Danny Peoples put in nine, all on 3-pointers.
The balanced scoring attack was nice but the focus was on defense, specifically with effort. The Maroons tormented the Rangers all game long, forcing 21 turnovers while allowing just 25 points. The intensity led to several deflections and breakaways that gave Central the types of easy baskets that were lacking Thursday against top ranked Dillon.
Saturday’s game was the second time this season that the Rangers faced the Maroons, both times after a disappointing performance against the Beavers. Central won handily the first time, 56-36 Jan. 11 in Butte.
Central jumped out to a quick lead, scoring the first 7 points. They maintained their cushion until Peoples drained the final six points of the frame on two triples to give the Maroons a commanding 17-4 lead after one.
Park got most of their highlights in the second quarter when 6-foot-11 center Joey Overstreet scored 7 of his 13 points, including four on put back buckets. He got little help, however, as the Rangers only could contribute 1 more point as a team in the frame.
Sessions put in the final 6 points for Central in the second. He fearlessly slashed to the basket from his position of high post in the Maroon offense. When asked about going up against the Ranger big men after the game he said, “My mom told me my teammates are working hard to get me the ball and I needed to finish for them.”
The Maroons used deadly accurate three point shooting to help avoid the presence of the Ranger big men inside. Central connected on 9 shots behind the arc. Overstreet had three blocks on the night and his height and length impacted many other attempts.
BC was without the services of seniors Dylan Goodell, who remains out with an ankle injury, and Junlin Liu was taking his ACT Saturday morning.
Central will return home on Saturday for their final regular season game at the MAC against Corvallis. The Maroons rolled to a 75-51 rout January on the road in their previous meeting. Bolstad had a game high 24 points in that matchup and Chad Peterson posted one of his best games as a Maroon by scoring 17. The game will mark senior parent night for Guldseth, McGree, Bolstad, Goodell and Liu.
BUTTE CENTRAL (13-3)
Kale Guldseth 3 2-2 10, Danny Peoples 3 0-0 9, Cole Harper 0 0-0 0, Connor McGree 0 1-2 1, Chad Peterson 0 3-4 3, Dalton Sessions 5 1-1 12, Marcus Ferriter 6 0-1 13, Nate Bolstad 4 0-0 10. Totals 21 7-10 58.
Nick Bragg 1 0-0 2, Garrett Schweigert 0 0-1 0, Colton Carter 1 0-0 3, Sterling Lay 1 2-6 4, Colton Gavne 0 0-2 0, Chris Emter 1 1-2 3, Joey Overstreet 5 3-6 13. Totals 9 6-17 25.
Central 17 13 14 14 — 58
Livingston 4 8 8 5 — 25
3-pointers — BC 9 (Peoples 3, Guldseth 2, Bosltad 2, Sessions, Ferriter), LIV 1 (Carter). Rebounds — BC 24 (Ferriter 9), LIV 21 (Overstreet 8). Assists — BC 13 (Guldseth, Bolstad 4) LIV 2 (Bragg 2). Steals — BC 13 (Guldseth 4), LIV 3 (Lay 2). Blocks — BC 1 (Ferriter), LIV 4 (Overstreet 3). Turnovers — BC 7, LIV 21. Total Fouls — BC 17, LIV 11. Fouled Out — None. Technicals — None.