Beavers run past Bulldogs

Butte High head coach Terry Hauser added an extra element this week as the Bulldog boys prepared to play Class A contender Dillon in a non-conference basketball game.

Dillon still won, 62-42, Tuesday night at the Butte Civic Center. The Beavers were just that good.

“I used seven JV guys on defense at practice,” Hauser said, meaning he had five regulars on offense go against seven reserves who were on defense as the practice tried to emulate how frenzied the Dillon 1-3-1 zone is to play against. “It looks like they have that many out there. Dillon’s defense is like that.”

The Bulldogs competed hard and competed well. They were unable to convince the needed amount of shots to fall through the hoop, however. Numbers from the game included Class AA Butte High making just 16 of 50 shots from the floor and 9 of 20 from the free throw line. The field goal statistics also included 1-for-11 from 3-point range.

In contrast, Dillon’s stats showed 23-for-44 from the field, including 4-for-12 from behind the 3-point arc, and 12-for-18 from the foul line.

“We’re getting all the shots we want,” Hauser said. “We just have to finish the shots. All the way around, it wasn’t a good shooting night for us.

“I think we need to relax and not worry about missing — just shoot.”

Much of the Beavers’ 13-2 early run on the way to a 16-6 first-quarter lead was built on Butte High shots being spat out of the hoops with Dillon snaring the rebound and setting up for a scoring attempt. Most often, Dillon was successful.

The Bulldogs took a couple of threatening runs at the visitors, pulling together an 8-0 run just before halftime as Dallas Cook worked the inside for half the points, and cutting their deficit to 27-19 in one surge. The halftime score 30-21. Then, in the third quarter, Butte High went 11-2 against the Beavers and narrowed the gap to 36-32. Kyle Peterson’s basket-and-one capped the spree to which five different Bulldogs contributed points.

Dillon responded with three straight baskets, the first a 3-pointer by Troy Scott, to hold a 43-33 advantage through three quarters.

The defending state Class A champion Beavers, currently ranked fifth, put the game out of reach with a 7-2 run that took the score to 57-39 with 3 minutes, 21 seconds left in the game. Substitutes on both sides entered shortly thereafter to finish the game.

“I thought we had momentum then,” Hauser said about the Butte High runs. “Then, we’d turn the ball over three or four times in the row.”

The Dillon defense did what it does best — ball-hawk. Of the 17 turnovers the Bulldogs committed, 15 were steals by the Beavers. Conversely, Dillon turned the ball over only eight times, total.

“They have experience. They’ve been there, done that,” Hauser said. “When it gets to crunch time, they have three, four or five guys step up.”

The Butte High coach said the Bulldogs’ offensive woes and Dillon’s execution effectiveness forced the Bulldogs out of their man-to-man defense. It wasn’t stopping the Beavers, and Butte High was missing its chances to keep up on the scoreboard.

It was not all bad. Positives, Hauser, said included the good all-around play of juniors Peter Granger and Cook. Cook led the team with 15 points and eight rebounds. Granger scored 11 points.

The Bulldogs also got seven points from Killian O’Leary, three from Peterson, and two each from Zach Bunney, Cory Farstveet and Colten Billteen. Jake Dennehy started  and grabbed four rebounds, and Brian Smith played well off the bench. Dalton Daum, Tyler Earles, Chase Plum and Zach Johnson also played.

Boyd Jenne scored 20 points for Dillon, which sported four double-figure scorers. Ben Folsom tallied 15, Caleb Gillis 12 and Scott 11. Carson King notched four points, and Trae Williams, Austin Carver, Chance Kluesner, Wyatt Holland and Dale Peterson all saw time on the court.

Butte High will play at Anaconda on Thursday.

DILLON (11-3) — Boyd Jenne 10-16 0-0 20, Trae Williams 0-2 0-2 0, Ben Folsom 3-5 7-10 15, Austin Carver 0-1 0-0 0, Troy Scott 4-7 2-2 11, Caleb Gillis 5-9 2-2 12, Chance Kluesner 0-2 0-0 0, Wyatt Holland 0-1 0-0 0, Carson King 1-1 1-2 4, Dale Peterson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-44 12-18 62.

BUTTE HIGH (2-13) — Jake Dennehy 0-3 0-4 0, Peter Granger 3-9 5-7 11, Zach Bunney 1-7 0-1 2, Cory Farstveet 1-6 0-0 2, Dallas Cook 7-13 1-5 15, Brian Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Kyle Peterson 1-1 1-1 3, Killian O’Leary 3-7 0-0 7, Colten Billteen 0-0 2-2 2, Dalton Daum 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler Earles 0-1 0-0 0, Chase Plum 0-0 0-0 0, Zach Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-50 9-20 42.

Dillon               16          14          13         19  —  62

Butte High         6          15          12           9  —  42

3-point goals — Dillon 4-12 (Jenne 0-2, Williams 0-1, Folsom 2-3, Carver 0-1, Scott 1-2, Kluesner 0-1, Holland 0-1, King 1-1), Butte High 1-11 (Granger 0-1, Bunney 0-2, Cook 0-1, Smith 0-3, O’Leary 1-4). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Dillon 14, Butte High 15. Technicals — none. Rebounds — Dillon 31 (Gillis 10, Folsom 8), Butte High 34 (Cook 8). Blocks — Dillon 1 (Scott), Butte High 2 (Cook 1, K. Peterson 1). Assists — Dillon 9 (Folsom 2, Gillis 2), Butte High 8 (Farstveet 2, Cook 2, O’Leary 2). Steals — Dillon 15 (Scott 4), Butte High 3 (Farstveet 1, Cook 1, Bunney 1). Turnovers — Dillon 8, Butte High 17.