Bruins edge Bulldogs in key Western AA battle

Bruins edge Bulldogs in key Western AA battle

HELENA — Helena Capital overcame an eight-point deficit, and the Bruins knocked off Butte High 58-55 in a Western AA boys’ basketball game Thursday night.

The win gives the Bruins control of the No. 3 seed in the Class AA playoffs and the inside track for a home playoff game.

Capital used an 11-0 run in the second quarter to overcome the eight-point disadvantage and tie the game at 24 at halftime. After Capital led 36-33, both teams scored 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Brayden Koch poured in 24 points to lead the Bruins, who completed the regular-season sweep of the Bulldogs. Trysten Mooney matched Koch with three 3-pointers and scored 15 points.

Billy Kelly hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 of his 13 points to lead the Bulldogs. Blake Drakos joined Kelly in double figures with 11.

In all, eight Bulldogs scored on the night. Kooper Klobucar tossed in nine points for Butte High, which got six from Jake Olson, five from Mikey O’Dell, four from Cael Stenson and Cameron Gurnsey and three from Zach Merrifield.

Butte High will close the regular season Friday with a 7 p.m. home game against Missoula Sentinel.

BUTTE HGH (6-7) — Blake Drakos 4 1-1 11, Zach Merrifield 1 0-0 3, Cael Stenson 1 2-4 4, Billy Kelly 4 2-3 13, Jake Olson 1 4-4 4, Kenley Leary 0 0-0 0, Mikey O’Dell 1 2-5 5, Kooper Klobucar 4 0-0 9, Cameron Gurnsey 0 4-4 4, Jace Stenson 0 0-1 0. Totals 16 15-22 55.
HELENA CAPITAL (7-6) — Hayden Opitz 2 3-3 7, Trysten Mooney 5 2-4 15, Brayden Koch 8 5-6 24, Malachi Syvrud 1 4-6 6, Tyler Tenney 1 0-0 2, Luke Dowdy 0 0-3 0, Derrick Kirkland 2 0-0 4, Carson VanHemelryck  0 0-0 0. Totals 19 14-22 58.
Butte                14        10          9        22 — 55
Capital             8         16        12        22 — 58

3-poitn goals — Butte 8 (Kelly 3, Drakos 2, Merrifield, O’Dell, Klobucar), Capital 6 (Mooney 3, Koch 3). Fouls — Butte 21, Capital 21. Fouled out — Gurnsey, Opitz.



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