Bulldogs scramble Eagles, advance to Western AA Semis behind Bache’s career night

The Butte High boys opened the divisional tournament against the Big Sky Eagles. Butte controlled the opening tip and attacked early with Rueso Battermann drawing a foul and hitting two shots at the stripe. After their first 3 points were free throws, Hudson Luedtke spun through the key for 2 more Bulldog points.

Dylan Bache began his stellar night as he secured his first offensive board their next trip down and put it in for 2, and Butte led 7-0 early on leading to a Big Sky timeout. Isiah Reed finally got the Eagles on the board after a drive and score for 2, followed by a long 3 ball their next time down to cut the lead to two with 3:14 to play in the first quarter. Braylon Larson swatted Big Sky their next time down leading to a Bulldog fast break for two more by Torre Tempel.

The Eagles responded at the other ended by drilling another triple to make it a 9-8 ball game. Torre Tempel hit a bank shot from the foul line to give Butte a 2-point edge, but it didn’t last long as Big Sky splashed home another deep 3 ball to take the lead 12-11.

After a fast paced first quarter the Eagles led 14-13 heading to the second quarter. Hudson Luedtke and Bo Demarais began the second half with two straight Bulldog buckets to recapture the lead early in the 2nd quarter. Torre Tempel had a great first half as he netted home a 3 ball from the left wing to give the Dogs a 6-point edge. Big Sky responded with a 3 ball, but Tempel was feeling it from deep and drilled one right back and Butte led 23-17.

Dylan “Bobby” Bache was an animal on the offensive glass outworking everyone as he secured a board and scored a quick 2, and he would follow it up the next time down with a triple leading to a Big Sky timeout, Butte High led 30-19 with 2:34 to play in the first half.

Big Sky hit a quick 2 out of the timeout and got a Bulldog stop on the defensive end but couldn’t capitalize with points, 30-21 with 1:25 to play. Big Sky continued to let it rain from long distance and wouldn’t go away, canning home another deep ball to cut into the Bulldog lead. Butte High took a 30-24 lead with them to the locker room.

Dylan Bache led all scorers at the half with 11 points, Carson Towe led the way for Big Sky with 10 points.

Carson Towe began the second half with yet another triple to cut the lead to just 3, 30-27 Butte High. Avery Omild answered back with a 3 of his own to knot it up at 30. Bo Demarais changed that fast as he scooped one in down low for 2. Bache continued his offensive onslaught, drawing a foul the next time down on a fast break and nailing the freebie to give the Dogs a 35-30 lead.

Luedtke pushed the ball down the floor and skated in for a quick 2 and Butte held a 6-point lead halfway through the period. Dylan Bache was unconscious at the offensive end as he netted home a straight away triple and Butte led 40-32. Out of a timeout Big Sky netted home a layup with just over 2 to play in the 3rd quarter. Torre Tempel continued his hot shooting as he netted one home from the elbow, followed by a Tocher Lee trey ball to give the Dogs a 12-point lead.

After 2 missed free throws, Bache secured another board and scored for 2 more, and Butte led 48-36 after 3 quarters. Isiah Reed came out in the 4th and nailed a 3 from deep. Hudson Luedtke put his defenders on skates their next trip down and Butte held an 11-point lead.

Bobby Bache continued to torch Big Sky as he drilled home another jumper, Big Sky kept answering to keep within striking distance at the other end, 56-45 with 4:40 to play. After a few buckets were traded back and forth Big Sky cut the lead to 8 looking for one last surge with 3:30 to play. It was a long road as Bache raked in another offensive board and scored while drawing the foul and completing the And 1 to give the Dogs a 61-48 lead with 2:46 to play in the game. Carson Towe continued to do his part to help the Eagles chip away at the lead hitting a corner 3 to cut it to 10.

The Bulldogs never let up the rest of the way and win it 65-56. Dylan Bache had a career night, he scored 33 points to lead all scorers he also hauled in 15 boards to record a double-double. Butte saw four players notch double figure points. Torre Tempel and Hudson Luedtke had 11 apiece Luedtke also hauled in 8 boards, Bo Demarais netted 10 and had 4 rebounds. Tocher Lee had 3 points, and Rueso Battermann had 2 points and 3 boards, Braylon Larson hauled in 4 boards.

Big Sky was led by Isiah Reed and Carson Towe who each had 16 points, Butte advances to the Semifinal round against Missoula Sentinel tomorrow night at 5pm.