Bison book trip to state

GREAT FALLS — Great Falls High will be playing in next week’s Class AA State boys’ basketball tournament at the Butte Civic Center.

The Bison booked that trip Friday with a 53-48 win over defending state champion Great Falls Russell in the semifinals of the Eastern AA Divisional tournament at the CMR Fieldhouse. (Stats)

Great Falls High will play Bozeman or Billings Senior in Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game.

Blake Thelen sank five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to lead the Bison, who led 40-38 after three quarters. The game was tied at 27 at the half.

Drew Wyamn came off the bench to score 13 points for Great Falls High (16-3), which also got nine points from Kyle Torgerson and five apiece from Keegan Bistodeau and Cash Abbott.

Bryce Depping’s 17 points paced the Rustlers (12-7). Russell Gagne scored 11 points, while Brenden Lindseth scored eight, and Cason Taylor netted five.

The Rustlers will play Billings West in an 11:30 a.m. loser-out game Saturday at the Paris Gibson Middle School.