By John Robbins
Butte Central Maroons 82 Corvalis Blue Devils 53.
In my first go around for high school sports I didn’t realize just how many special moments I would get to see at the MAC and what can happen on a nightly basis. It seems almost each time I walk in there to watch a game, boys or girls a Butte Central athlete is making some sort of history.
Whether its Brooke smashing scoring records or Dougie doing the same and winning state titles at the buzzer, being able to cover them and all our other athletes in Butte has been a special one.
I haven’t seen a dunk in a Montana high school game in a while, in the past week I’ve seen 3 alone, two of them coming from Kyle Holter in back-to-back games.
Tonight, was another one of those nights at the MAC, as Butte Central squared off in a makeup game vs the Corvalis Blue Devils, Dougie Peoples broke Mike McLeod’s record of 42 points scored in a single game in 1981, Butte Highs Todd Hildreth scored 40 in 2005, Dougie had 44 tonight taking home yet another record.
The Maroons started the game off on a 3-point borage as their first 15 points were 3-point field goals, starting the old-fashioned way from Eric loos converting the and 1.
Dougie Peoples drained one from long range, followed by two more triples for Owen McPartland and the Maroons led 23-11 after 1 quarter.
Kyle Holter started the second quarter off with an absolutely ridiculous dunk again, putting the Blue Devil defender on a poster, 28-11 Central with 4:50 to play in the first half.
Dougie Peoples kept his foot on the gas, and he’d nail two more triples and make a few trips to the foul line and blossom the Maroon lead to 39-13 with 3:11 to play in the half.
Corvallis just couldn’t contain Dougie as he got a dish from Jack Keeley off offensive board, and Dougie splashed home yet another triple and was fouled on the shot and completed a 4-point play.
The Maroons took a 51-19 lead to the half.
The Maroons began the second half the same way they started the game, on fire as all Maroons would contribute, Zane Moodry played great and had 5 points, Kyle Holter nailed a three from the top of the key and the Maroons lead only grew as the Blue Devils put up a 19-point quarter, but the Maroons led 76-38 after 3.
in three quarters of play the maroons cored 23 in the first, 28 in the second, and 25 in the third.
As the fourth began the Maroons wore down the clock as Dougie would hit his 44th point of the night and be subbed out by Ryan Peoples after a miraculous scoring performance.
The best part about this team is the way the gel together they always pick each other up and know that if they don’t play their best, they will get beat, a great next man up approach and everyone contributes.
The Maroons would empty their bench later in the 4th and let Ryan Peoples, Josh Sutton, Riley Gelling, and Konnor Porchervina all get a crack at some extra playing time.
Dougie Peoples led all scorers with 44 points, Owen McPartland and Eric Loos both had 11, Kyle Holter had 10, Zane Moodry had 5, and Jack Keeley had 1 for the Maroons.
The Maroons would go on to win big 82-53. They will have a quick turnaround as they host Stevensville tomorrow at 6pm.
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