Tech’s England, Collins, Bake and Jones honored
WHITEFISH — A day after claiming the Frontier Conference, Montana Tech’s men’s basketball team raked in a haul of individual honors.
Senior Sindou Diallo and sophomore Caleb Bellach led the way as six Orediggers took in individual honors as the Frontier Conference announced its all-conference team on Tuesday.
Diallo and Bellach were named first-team all-conference along with Shamrock Campbell and Jovan Sljivancanin of Carroll College, Mascio McCadney of MSU-Northern and Jalen Hodges of Montana Western.
Sljivancanin was named the league’s Player of the Year. Bellach was named Newcomer of the Year.
For Diallo, this is his third time earning first team honors. Diallo was fifth in the league in scoring this season averaging 16.1 points per game. Diallo also averaged 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
Bellach, who joined the team after transferring from Montana State this year, had a great first campaign with the Orediggers. Bellach was seventh in the league in scoring averaging 15 points per game. He also averaged 4.1 rebounds a game.
Oredigger freshman Keeley Bake took home Sixth-Man of the Year honors, and teammate Derrius Collins was named Defensive Player of the Year. Rocky’s Kael Robinson was named Freshman of the year, and Carroll’s Kurt Paulson was picked as Coach of the Year.
Collins has been a defensive staple for the Orediggers during his career. He averaged 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
Bake was the spark off the bench for the Orediggers this season making critical three pointers late in the game numerous times.
Montana Tech senior Taylor England was named second-team all-conference, and Collins was named to the All-Defensive Team. Senior Christian Jones was Tech’s Champion of Character.
England makes his fourth appearance on the all-conference teams. England has been honorable mention, second team, and first team selection throughout his career. England was second in the league in rebounding averaging 7.1 boards per game. He is the leading rebounder in Oredigger history.
This is the most awards for a Tech team under sixth-year head coach Adam Hiatt.
Click here to see all the honorees.