Glacier boys cruise past Dogs in opener

GREAT FALLS – Butte High’s boys’ basketball team notched one of the biggest upsets of the season to make their way into the State AA tourney.

The Bulldogs couldn’t match the feat Thursday, however, as they fell hard to Kalispell Glacier. The Wolfpack, the top team from the Western AA, trounced the Bulldogs 75-39 in the opening round of the final tourney of the season.

Butte had trouble from the start, most glaringly with possession of the basketball. The Bulldogs turned the ball over 19 times in the first half and 34 times overall.

“Glacier is good,” observed first-year Bulldog head coach Terry Hauser. “To beat them, we would have had to play our best game of the year.”

As a team, the Bulldogs were nowhere near their best, though they did see some bright spots in the loss.

Junior Dallas Cook led all scorers with 21 points, as he tirelessly drove the key where Glacier’s 7-foot Ryan Edwards stood waiting. Cook got through often, but Edwards stood eight inches taller than the Butte High standout and collected eight blocked shots on the game. He added 11 points in the paint as well.

Glacier’s height was a decided advantage over the Bulldogs, though the Wolfpack’s guard play was the deciding factor. Reid Siderius paced the ’Pack with 18 points, while Kyle Griffith had six points and six assists. Matt Peters added 10 for Glacier.

“Their guards are very mature and strong,” Hauser noted.

Cook opened the game’s scoring to give Butte its only lead 25 seconds into the game, but the Bulldogs wound up with a dozen more turnovers than made shots in the first half and trailed 34-16 at intermission.

The Bulldogs made a spirited run toward the end of the third quarter, but by then they were already 30 points behind. Glacier went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter and engage the mercy clock, which ran for the remainder of the game.

Cook added nine rebounds and a pair of blocked shots to his 21 points, while Cory Farstveet had 10 boards for the Bulldogs. Peter Granger had six boards and five points, as Killian O’Leary had six points and an assist off the bench.

Glacier improved to 18-3, while Butte fell to 5-17.

“We’ll have to come back and play better tomorrow,” Hauser said.

The Bulldogs will take on Billings West in a 9 a.m. in a loser-out contest on Friday. The Bears lost a 1-point nail-biter to Missoula Hellgate in Thursday morning’s tournament opener.

Glacier 14 20 27 14 – 75

Butte 6 10 14 9 – 39

KALISPELL GLACIER – Bryan Michaels 2-4 0-0 4, Logan Iverson 3-9 2-4 8, Ryan Edwards 5-7 1-1 11, Kyle Griffith 3-10 0-0 6, Evan Epperly 4-10 0-1 8, Reid Siderius 6-7 2-2 18, Matt Peters 3-7 4-4 10, James Cutler 2-4 0-0 4, Tanner Olsen 0-1 0-0 0, Charlie Obermiller 2-2 2-2 6, Kalen Reed 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-61 11-13 75.

BUTTE – Zach Bunney 0-1 0-0 0, Cory Farstveet 0-6 0-0 0, Dallas Cook 10-17 1-3 21, Jake Dennehy 0-3 0-0 0, Peter Granger 2-8 1-2 5, Brian Smith 2-7 0-0 4, Killian O’Leary 2-3 0-0 6, Colton Billteen 0-1 0-0 0, Daulton Daum 1-1 0-0 3, Connor Lee 0-0 0-0 0, Chase Plum 0-0 0-0 0, Kyle Peterson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-47 2-5 39. 3-point goals – Gier 25 (Edwards 6), Butte 32 (Farstveet 10). Fouls – Glacier 12, Butte 12. Assists – Glacier 22 (Griffith 6), Butte 6 (Granger 3). Blocks – Glacier 8 (Edwards 8), Butte 2 (Cook 2). Turnovers – Glacier 13, Butte 34. 1 comment



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  • 16's Pop
    March 7, 2013, 3:42 pm

    As hard as Dallas worked against that 7 footer Edwards to get those 21pts, this is the picture you use? Really?

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