Dogs struggle offensively, fall 53-40 at Hellgate

Dogs struggle offensively, fall 53-40 at Hellgate

MISSOULA — Butte High’s winning streak is no more.

Josh Wade scored 21 points Friday night, and Missoula Hellgate knocked of the Bulldogs 53-40 in a Western AA boys’ basketball game. The loss snapped Butte’s winning streak at three games.

The loss came on a night when the Bulldogs struggled offensively, scoring just 14 points in the first half. The Knights, who beat the Bulldogs on an overtime buzzer beater last month, led 26-14 at halftime before the Bulldogs pulled to within 33-30 with a third quarter run.

Cayvey LaRance added eight points for Hellgate (9-2), while Beckett Arthur and Brogan Callaghan each scored six.

Jake Olson scored eight of his team-leading 12 points in the third quarter for Butte High. Zach Merrifield sank a pair of 3-poitners and scored six points, while Blake Drakos and Cameron Gurnsey each scored five.

Butte High also got four points from Cael Stenson, three from Kenley Leary and Billy Kelly, and two from Mikey O’Dell.

Butte High (6-5) will head to Missoula Big Sky on Tuesday before traveling to Helena to take on Capital on Thursday. The Bulldogs close the regular season at home next Friday against Missoula Sentinel.

BUTTE HIGH (6-5) — Zach Merrifield 2 0-0 6, Kenley Leary 1 0-0 3, Mikey O’Dell 1 0-0 2, Kooper Klobucar 0 0-0 0, Jake Olson 6 0-0 12, Blake Drakos 1 2-2 5, Billy Kelly 1 0-2 3, Cael Stenson 2 0-0 4, Jonas Sherman 0 0-0 0, Cameron Gurnsey 1 3-5 5. Totals 15 5-9 40.
MISSOULA HELLGATE (9-2) — Beckett Arthur 1 3-5 6, Griffin Kinch 2 1-3 5, Josh Wader 9 1-3 21, Cayvey LaRance 3 0-0 8, Zach Johnson 0 1-4 1, Dre Bowie 1 0-0 2, Brogan Callaghan 3 0-0 6, Tommy Nilson 0 0-0 0, Ian Finch 1 2-2 4. Totals 20 9-17 53.
Butte                 7          7        16        10 — 40
Hellgate         15        11          7        20 — 53

3-point goals — Butte 5 (Merrifield 2, Drakos, Kelly, Leary), Hellgate 4 (Wade 2, LaRance 2). Fouls — Butte 17, Hellgate 17. Fouled out — none.



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