By Derek Hendrickson
CORVALLIS — The Butte Central Maroons played their best offensive game of the season Saturday afternoon, outscoring their opponent in all four quarters, en route to a 75-51 Southwestern Conference win over the Corvallis Blue Devils.
The Maroons relied on two huge individual offensive halves to take control. Nate Bolstad continued his hot shooting as the senior scored a game-high 24 points, 18 of which came before halftime. He also was on fire from behind the arc as he hit half of Central’s 10 three point field goals. In the second half junior Chad Peterson poured in 15 or his 17 points, including back to back to back triples that pushed the Maroon advantage to 19 points entering the fourth.
“Coming out (of halftime) I told myself I was going to start shooting the ball,” Peterson said after game. “I hit that first three and I felt like I was feeling it so I just kept shooting it.”
Corvallis hung tough in the first half, staying close throughout. The Maroons got nine points from Bolstad in both of the first two quarters, but only led by four at the end of one, 14-10. Junior Dalton Sessions hit consecutive trifectas of his own midway through the second quarter to finally start giving BC a little breathing room. Central set up a sweet misdirection play that found Peterson wide open for a layup as the buzzer sounded giving the Maroons a 35-26 edge at the break.
The Maroons added 40 points in the second half, including all 8 of senior point guard Kale Guldseth’s coming in the fourth quarter. Central shot 8 of 9 from the charity stripe down the stretch to ensure there would be no miracle comeback with Guldseth going 6 of 6 in the fourth.
Maroon Head Coach Brodie Kelly was especially happy with his team’s performance after the break, “we shot the ball really well the second half,” Kelly said, “Chad was awesome tonight, obviously knocking down threes but he also had some drives. We had a lot of good looks tonight, guys were under control, the offense was awesome tonight.”
Kelly had some concerns about the defense early on, “In the first half we were lunging too much, he said. “We adjusted that in the second half, staying down. They hit some perimeter shots toward the end.”
The main person Kelly was referring to was senior guard Brigham Parish, who hit four triples in the game with two of those coming in the fourth with the game long since decided. Parish led the Blue Devils with 14 points and was joined in double figures by senior Alma Powell who had 10.
The biggest roar the Corvallis crowd had all night was on a crazy play where Sessions and senior post Andrew Leopold fought for a rebound underneath the Blue Devil basket. Their momentum sent the ball into the ground so hard that it bounced up off the backboard and in the hoop for 2 of Leopold’s six points.
Kelly also had high praise for Bolstad.
“I thought Nate played really tonight,” Kelly said. “He was a leader out there, he was more vocal out there, taking charge.”
Bolstad also led BC with eight rebounds. Guldseth chipped in three steals. Marcus Ferriter scored nine for Central, who also got four points from both Cal Hollow and Dylan Goodell.
Bolstad talked about his recent hot streak, saying “I’ve just been shooting the ball well, shooting the looks I’ve been getting Chad played well, it was good a lot of people stepped up, Connor (McGree) played well defensively.”
McGree was his usual stopper on defense, but his highlight of the game came midway through the fourth where he had two offensive rebounds on the same possession which eventually led to Guldseth getting fouled and canning both free throws. McGree added one point as well as five rebounds.
With the win the Maroons improved to 9-1 overall and 4-1 in the Southwestern Conference.
They will be back in action on Thursday night when they travel to Helena to face the Bengals coached by Central alum John Hollow. The Bengals lost a nail-biter this past week to the top ranked team in class A, the Dillon Beavers.
BUTTE CENTRAL (9-1, 4-1)
Nate Bolstad 28, Marcus Ferriter 9, Chad Peterson 15, Kale Guldseth 8, Dillon Goodell 5, Cal Hollow 4, Dalton Sessions 3, Donny Peoples 2, Connor McGree 1.
CORVALLIS (5-5, 2-3)
Brigham Parish 14, Alma Powell 10, Jayce Gilder 8, Chaney Waldo 8, Andrew Leopold 6, Porter Jessop 5.
Butte Central 14 21 18 22 — 75
Corvallis 10 16 8 17 — 51
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