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Bulldog boys battle back, drop heartbreaker

Bulldog boys battle back, drop heartbreaker

BILLINGS — Butte High’s comeback attempt fell one point short Friday night.

The Bulldog boys’ basketball team overcame a 16-6 deficit after the first quarter, but Billings Skyview escaped with a 48-47 Eastern AA victory.

“I’m heartbroken for our kids but also very proud of them,” Butte High coach Luke Powers said. “They battled through adversity. They trailed by 10 once and came back, then nine another time and battled back.”

In the end, Butte High had a chance to pull off the upset against the Falcons, who improved to 6-3 overall and 2-2 in conference.

“We had an opportunity for the game winner, but it wasn’t meant to be tonight,” Powers said. “The team is improving at a wild rate, and we’re excited for the remainder of our season.”

Juluis Mims, a 6-foot-7 junior, scored 13 points to lead the Falcons in the win. Zach Schacht, a 6-10 senior, tossed in 11 points.

Clay Ferguson scored 17 points to pace the Bulldogs (2-6, 0-3). Trevyn Roth hit four 3-pointers and scored 12.

Butte High also got six points apiece from Tommy Mellott and Danny McCloskey, four from Kash Kelly and two from Kale McCloskey.

Jake Olson and Ryan Burt also contributed for the Bulldogs, who will stay in Billings for a battle with Billings West on Saturday afternoon.

BUTTE HIGH (2-6, 0-3) — Tommy Mellott 3 0-0 6, Kash Kelly 1 2-2 4, Clay Ferguson 6 4-7 17, Kale McCarthy 1 0-0 2, Danny McCloskey 2 2-2 6, Trevyn Roth 4 0-0 12, Jake Olson 0 0-0 0, Ryan Burt 0 0-0 0.
BILLINGS SKYVIEW (6-3, 2-2) — Zach Schacht 4 1-1 11, Julius Mims 5 3-3 13, Steinar Gudmondsson 1 0-0 3, Ales Schaaf  1 0-0 2, Abe Seybert 0 0-0 0, Cole Allison 0 0-0 0, Sam Tranel 2 0-0 5, Peyton Carle 0 1-2 1, Cam Ketchu 3 0-0 8, Daniel Davis 2 1-2 5, Payton Sanders 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 7-9 48.
Butte High                  6          15        10        16 — 47
Billings Skyview        16        9          10        13 — 48

3-point goals — Butte 5 (Roth 4, Ferguson), 5 (Ketchum 2, Gudmondsson, Tranel, Schacht). Fouls — Butte 12, Skyview 15. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none.



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