Eagles salvage spit with Butte High boys

Eagles salvage spit with Butte High boys

MISSOULA — The Butte High boys’ basketball team suffered a setback in its quest to host a playoff game Tuesday, falling 54-45 in a Western AA game against Missoula Big Sky.

The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 20-10 in the fourth quarter for the victory. The Bulldogs, who led 35-34 after three quarters, led by five points in the fourth quarter.

Caden Bateman’s 12 points led the Eagles, who salvaged the regular-season split with the Bulldogs. Trevyn Reed scored 10 points, while Louis Sanders tossed in nine and Kade Olson scored eight.

Big Sky (5-7) also got six points from Chaz LaDue.

Jake Olson’s 15 points paced the Bulldogs, who fell to 6-6. Kenley Leary hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 points before fouling out.

The Bulldogs also got five points from Blake Drakos, four from Mikey O’Dell and Kooper Klobucar, three from Zach Merrifield and two apiece from Cale Stenson and Cameron Gurnsey.

Butte High will play at Helena Capital on Thursday before closing the regular season at home Friday against unbeaten Missoula Sentinel.

BUTTE HIGH (6-6)Zach Merrifield 1 0-0 3, Billy Kelly 0 0-0 0, Kenley Leary 4 0-1 10, Mikey O’Dell 2 0-3 4, Jake Olson 7 1-2 15, Blake Drakos 1 2-3 5, Cael Stenson 1 0-0 2, Kooper Klobucar 1 2-2 4, Cameron Gurnsey 1 0-0 2, Jace Stenson 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 5-11 45.
MISSOULA BIG SKY (5-7)Trevyn Reed 4 2-4 10, Dayne Jarrett 0 0-0 0, Caden Bateman 6 0-0 12, Louis Sanders 3 2-3 9, Kade Olson 2 3-4 8, Chaz LaDue 2 2-6 6, Shane Shepard 1 0-0 3, Jacob Gardanier 0 0-0 0, Mitch Muralt 0 1-2 1, Kolbe Jensen 2 0-0 5, Evan Towe 0 0-0 0, Emon Higgins 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 10-19 54.
Butte                 7        16        12        10 — 45
Big Sky           12        12        10        20 — 54

3-point goals — Butte 4 (Leary 2, Drakos, Merrifield), Big Sky 4 (Sanders, Shepard, Olson, Jensen). Fouls — Butte 20, Big Sky 17. Fouled out — Kelly, Leary. Technical — K. Olson.



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