Johnson, Rangers top Maroons in Livingston

Johnson, Rangers top Maroons in Livingston
Butte Central's Matt Simkins and Livingston's Nick Battrick battle for the ball Tuesday night in Livingston. (Shelly Davis photo)

LIVINGSTON — A milestone night by Brandon Johnson led Livingston’s boys’ basketball team to a 55-46 non-conference win over Butte Central Tuesday night.

The senior guard scored 29 points as Livingston salvaged the regular-season split with the Maroons. That included his 1,000 points late in the second quarter.

Johnson will take 1,016 points into his next game. He shot 9 for 10 from the free throw line for the Rangers, who scored 14 second half points from the stripe.

Sage McMinn added 13 points for Livingston (12-5), which trailed 21-21 at halftime. The Rangers outscored BC 35-25 in the second half.

Braden Harrington’s 13 points led the Maroons, who fell to 15-3 in the regular-season finale. Matt Simkins scored nine, Gator Yelenich tossed in eight, Luke Heaphy scored six, Jared Simkins tossed in five, Ryan Wahl sank a three, and Trevor Neumann netted two.

Harrington and both Simkins brothers fouled out.

Butte Central will head into next week’s Western A Divisional tournament as the No. 1 seed for the Southwestern A next Thursday.

BUTTE CENTRAL (15-3) — Jared Simkins 2 0-1 5, Luke Heaphy 2 2-4 6, Matt Simkins 4 1-2 9, Braden Harrington 4 4-5 13, Trevor Neumann 1 0-0 2, Gator Yelenich 2 3-6 8 Wahl 1 0-0 3, Aaron Richards 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 10-19 46.
LIVINGSTON (12-5) — Wyatt Searle 2 0-0 6, Rylee Watt 1 1-1 3, Jack Gauther 1 1-1 3, Tristan Stenseth 0 1-2 1, Sage McMinn 3 7-9 13, Nick Battrick 0 0-1 0, Brendon Johnson 9 9-10 29, Eli Lanclos 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 19-24 55.
Butte Central            9          12        14        11 — 46
Livingston                  11        9          18        17 — 55

3-point goals — BC 4 (J. Simkins, Harrington, Yelenich, Wahl. Livingston 4 (Searl 2, Johnson 2). Fouls — BC 21, Livingston 12. Fouled out — J. Simkins, M. Simkins, Harrington.



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