Beavers chill Blue Devils

By Derek Hendrickson

The Dillon Beavers kept their cool Friday afternoon and defeated the easily frustrated Corvallis Blue Devils 59-38 in Southwestern A semi-final action at the Maroon Activities Center. STATS

Corvallis hung with the top seeded Beavers early, led by the hot shooting for Brigham Parish, but turnovers and 4 technical fouls ultimately led to the wide the margin of victory.

Troy Scott was the main beneficiary of the Blue Devi’s short tempers, as he connected on 7 of the 8 free throws and finished with a game high 18 points despite only attempting seven field goals for the game.

The Beaver’s fierce 1-3-1 zone and tenacious press were unrelenting throughout the game, resulting in Corvallis having almost as many turnovers, 27, as shot attempts, 29.  

Corvallis got off to a strong start as Parish hit 2 of his 4 threes in the first quarter. An even quarter titled in the Beaver’s favor when Justin Ferris was fouled by Jayce Gilder on a last second 3.  Ferris connected on both the shot and the ensuing free throw while Gilder was saddled with his 3rd foul and forced to sit the rest of the first half on the bench.  The play turned a 2 point led into a 16-10 Dillon advantage.

The Blue Devil’s got 2 more triples from Parish in the second, giving him 14 points in the first half and Corvallis appeared poised to hang with the team ranked No. 1 for most of the season in class A.  

That poise quickly disappeared in the third.  Dillon grabbed control on the opening possession when Scott connected on his first three of the game.  On the play Corvallis was called for a foul which kept the ball with the Beavers.  Scott grabbed an offensive board and accounted for 5 points only twenty seconds into the second half.  

Corvallis scored the next 6 points, all on lay ups to pull within 29-24 but Gilder picked up a technical on a jump ball.  Instead of the Blue Devils regaining possession with momentum Scott canned 2 free throws then JD Ferris buried a 3 and the lead was quickly back to double figures at 34-24.

Shortly after Scott drew a charge call on a bang bang play, Andrew Leopold voiced his displeasure with the call and another quick 5 point swing followed the technical as Scott again connected on both free throws before Trae Williams nailed a trifecta and pushed the Beaver lead to 43-28.

The Beavers were never challenged again and were allowed to rest many of their starters and get some of their younger players some divisional experience.

JD Ferris joined Scott in double figures with 10, Brady Richardson added 8, Williams had 7, Justin Ferris pitched in 5, Parker Love had 4, Nate Simkins and Chance Kluesner both put in 2 and Nick Huber tossed in 1 for the Beavers who will await the winner of tonight’s game between Butte Central and Stevensville.

Corvallis struggled to find any scoring besides Parish.  Gilder had 6 as he struggled with his foul trouble. Chaney Waldo put in 5, Alma Powell and Andrew Leopold both scored 4 and Austin Ray contributed a three pointer the Blue Devil cause.  Corvallis will play Anaconda at 9:30 tomorrow morning at Montana Tech.

Beavers chill Blue Devils

By Derek Hendrickson

The Dillon Beavers kept their cool Friday afternoon and defeated the easily frustrated Corvallis Blue Devils 59-38 in Southwestern A semi-final action at the Maroon Activities Center. STATS

Corvallis hung with the top seeded Beavers early, led by the hot shooting for Brigham Parish, but turnovers and 4 technical fouls ultimately led to the wide the margin of victory.

Troy Scott was the main beneficiary of the Blue Devi’s short tempers, as he connected on 7 of the 8 free throws and finished with a game high 18 points despite only attempting seven field goals for the game.

The Beaver’s fierce 1-3-1 zone and tenacious press were unrelenting throughout the game, resulting in Corvallis having almost as many turnovers, 27, as shot attempts, 29.  

Corvallis got off to a strong start as Parish hit 2 of his 4 threes in the first quarter. An even quarter titled in the Beaver’s favor when Justin Ferris was fouled by Jayce Gilder on a last second 3.  Ferris connected on both the shot and the ensuing free throw while Gilder was saddled with his 3rd foul and forced to sit the rest of the first half on the bench.  The play turned a 2 point led into a 16-10 Dillon advantage.

The Blue Devil’s got 2 more triples from Parish in the second, giving him 14 points in the first half and Corvallis appeared poised to hang with the team ranked No. 1 for most of the season in class A.  

That poise quickly disappeared in the third.  Dillon grabbed control on the opening possession when Scott connected on his first three of the game.  On the play Corvallis was called for a foul which kept the ball with the Beavers.  Scott grabbed an offensive board and accounted for 5 points only twenty seconds into the second half.  

Corvallis scored the next 6 points, all on lay ups to pull within 29-24 but Gilder picked up a technical on a jump ball.  Instead of the Blue Devils regaining possession with momentum Scott canned 2 free throws then JD Ferris buried a 3 and the lead was quickly back to double figures at 34-24.

Shortly after Scott drew a charge call on a bang bang play, Andrew Leopold voiced his displeasure with the call and another quick 5 point swing followed the technical as Scott again connected on both free throws before Trae Williams nailed a trifecta and pushed the Beaver lead to 43-28.

The Beavers were never challenged again and were allowed to rest many of their starters and get some of their younger players some divisional experience.

JD Ferris joined Scott in double figures with 10, Brady Richardson added 8, Williams had 7, Justin Ferris pitched in 5, Parker Love had 4, Nate Simkins and Chance Kluesner both put in 2 and Nick Huber tossed in 1 for the Beavers who will await the winner of tonight’s game between Butte Central and Stevensville.

Corvallis struggled to find any scoring besides Parish.  Gilder had 6 as he struggled with his foul trouble. Chaney Waldo put in 5, Alma Powell and Andrew Leopold both scored 4 and Austin Ray contributed a three pointer the Blue Devil cause.  Corvallis will play Anaconda at 9:30 tomorrow morning at Montana Tech.



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