Central boys lock up 1 seed in Divisonals with win

Central boys lock up 1 seed in Divisonals with win
Sharp shooter Owen McPartland loads up for a shot behind the 3 point arc. (Photo by John Robbins Butte Sports.)

By John Robbins

Butte Central Maroons 66 vs Stevensville Yellowjackets 23

Butte Central needs just one more win to finish the season with one loss after losing their opener and punishing teams the rest of the way through the season. The win tonight clinched them the number 1 seed in Divisionals.

Central dismantled Stevensville tonight, and several Maroons got to see some game action.

Butte Central opened the game with a 12-8 advantage after quarter on a somewhat sluggish start offensively, Dougie knocked down a triple just before time expired.

Quarter 2 started with a nice dish from Josh Sutton to a slashing Kyle Holter for 2, 14-8 Butte Central.

Eric Loos broke away on a fast break for two more for Butte Central to take an 8-point lead.

Dougie Peoples kept the pressure up offensively as he’d drive to the lane on the next possession and convert the and 1.

Dougie found a wide-open Zane Moodry under the basket and while in midair, tossed it to Moodry who finished for two for Butte Central. Owen McPartland would join in and stoke a three from the right side and balloon the lead to 18 points with 3 minutes to play.

Stevensville would get a fast break on what they thought would be an easy two, Kyle Holter used the Lebron chase down block and swatted it away and the Maroons would take a 30-13 lead to the half.

Owen McPartland started things off for the Maroons in the second half with yet another triple from the sharpshooter. Zane Moodry got a nice dish off an inbounds play from Kyle Holter and laid it in for 2, 35- 13 Butte Central.

Eric Loos hit back-to-back threes with under two minutes to go for the Maroons as they would take a 58-18 lead after a Jack Keeley layup and lead by 40 after the 3rd quarter.

Ryan Peoples splashed home a three ball in the corner for Central, while Riley Gelling and Konnor Porchervina played solid defense and rebounded well.

Justus McGee would knock down two shots at the foul line and on Centrals next possession Patrick Stimatz drilled a triple from the left wing. Central goes on to win in convincing fashion 66-23. They will host Hamilton on Saturday.

Dougie Peoples led Central with 17 points, Eric Loos had 16 points, Owen McPartland had 9, Zane Moodry had 8, Kyle Holter and Jack Keeley both had 4, Ryan Peoples and Patrick Stimatz had 3 apiece.


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