Locomotives turn back Broncs in State A nightcap

Friday night will be rivalry night at the Butte Civic Center.

Laurel held off a feisty Hamilton squad 57-48 in Thursday’s nightcap of the Class A State boys’ basketball tournament. Stats

The Locomotives (15-6) will play heated rival Billings Central in Friday’s 8 p.m. game. That will follow the Dillon-Butte Central game, which starts at 6:30. (Bracket)

Hamilton battled back from several deficits to tie the game at 43 heading into the fourth quarter. Laurel, though, took over in the final frame.

Layne Willis scored 14 points to lead three Locomotives in double figures scoring. Christian Jones scored 13, while Dawson Cortese scored 11 and Casey Cole tossed in nine off the bench.

Hunter Omlid scored 13 to lead Hamilton (16-7). Carter Kearns scored 11.