By Bill Foley
Boyle’s Buddies put on one heck of a show to open the 4th Annual Burgman/Boyle Classic Saturday at the Maroon Activities Center.
In a basketball game that saw all 11 players score points, the Bulldogs held off the Eagles for an exciting 41-33 victory in the Special Olympics game that is dubbed “Boyle’s Buddies Game.”
The game is named after Casey Boyle, an adored special education teacher who meant so much to all the players on both sides.
Buckets by Payton Tippett and Bryce “Smiley” Bailey gave the Bulldogs an early lead. They took a 20-15 lead into halftime and had enough to hold on for the win against an Eagles team that fought until the end.
Joe Gibson scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the second half as he tried to lead the Eagles to the comeback win.
Zach Stenson and Dalen Dagen each scored 14 points to lead the Bulldogs. Tippett and Bailey each scored four points for the Bulldogs. Josh Mota drained a 3-pointer, and Jalee “Hollywood” Foley tossed in two.
D.J. Macumer scored nine points for the Eagles, who got six from Tristan Grogan, two from Christian Shock and one from Kallie Robbins.
The Burgman/Boyle Classic is named after Kyle Burgman and Casey Boyle, two Butte friends who died in an automobile accident on Aug. 10, 2015.
Proceeds from the event, which was followed by a Butte High-Butte Central alumni game, go to the Burgman/Boyle Scholarship.
Eagles 15 18 — 33
Bulldogs 20 21 — 41
EAGLES — Kallie Robbins 0 1-2 1, Christian Shock 1 0-0 2, D.J. Macumer 4 1-2 9, Tristan Grogan 3 0-0 6, Joe Gibson 7 1-4 15. Totals 15 3-8 33.
BULLDOGS — Josh Mota 1 0-0 3, Zach Stenson 6 2-6 14, Jalee Foley 1 0-0 2, Dalen Dagen 7 0-0 14, Payton Tippett 2 0-0 4, Bryce Bailey 2 0-0 4. Totals 19 2-6 41.
3-point goals — Eagles 0, Bulldogs 1 (Mota).