Bulldog boys fall short at West

BILLINGS — Butte High’s boys’ basketball team might have opened some eyes with its play in Billing this weekend.

The Bulldogs, though, are coming home with a pair of losses.

While Butte High held multiple leads, including a 32-31 advantage in the third quarter, the Bulldogs fell 59-44 to Billings West Saturday at the West Golden Dome.

The win was the 19th straight over the Bulldogs for the Golden Bears.

“We competed again,” Butte High coach Luke Powers said. “We have to become mentally tough enough to compete for 32 minutes, not just 24.”

Dylan Cook scored 15 points to pace the Bulldogs. He scored eight of those in the first quarter. Butte High also got eight points from Ryson Lovshin and seven apice from Evan Anderson and Brock Powell.

The Bulldogs scored the game’s first seven points and held a 16-11 advantage after the first quarter. The Bears led 25-22 at the break and 41-36 after three quarters.

Parker Elliott came off the bench to score 13 points to lead West, which improved to 7-3 overall and 2-2 in the Eastern AA. Bryson Deming tossed in 12 points.

The Bulldogs, who fell to 1-9 and 0-4, will hit the road again Thursday to take on Great Falls Russell.

BUTTE HIGH (0-4, 1-9) — Ryson Lovshin 2 2-2 8, Evan Anderson 3 0-1 7, Kyle Klapan 1 0-2 2, Dylan Cook 7 1-2 15, Brock Powell 3 0-0 7, Kiley Caprara 0 0-0 0, Trey Hoagland 1 0-0 3, Travis Williams 1 0-0 2, Kash Kelly 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 3-7 44.
BILLINGS WEST (2-2, 7-3) — Bryson Deming 4 2-2 12, Luke Funyak 0 0-0 0, Braydon Deming 4 0-0 8, Reece Nielsen 2 2-2 8, Cleveland Harvey 2 0-0 4, Parker Elliot 4 2-2 13, Wilson Harris 4 0-0-0 8, Jake Bell 0 0-0 0, Jesse Owens 2 0-0 4, Carson Prokop 0 2-2 2. Totals 22 8-8 59.
Butte High                 16        6          14        8 — 44
Billings West             11        14        16        18 — 59

3-point goals — Butte 4 (Lovshin 2, Hoagland 1, Anderson 1, Powell 1), West 7 (Elliott 3, Bry. Deming 2, Nielsen 2). Fouls — Butte 12, West 9. Fouled out — none.



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