Butte Central showed it has more than a one-man basketball team Tuesday night at the Maroon Activities Center.
With the Hamilton Broncs determined to contain Brady Tippett, the Maroons showed just how deep they are in a 54-41 Southwestern A victory.
Tippett scored just four points against the Broncs, who used a box-in-one and a triangle-and-two defense to slow down BC’s leading scorer.
So, Tippett shifted his focus and dished out six assists as Marcus Ferriter scored 12 points to lead three Maroons in double figures.
“One thing that was good was that Brady kept his composure,” BC coach Brodie Kelly said. “Sometimes when guys are getting defended like that they start to force things. He did a good job of still looking for the open man and getting the ball in the right spots.”
Kelly said the Broncs used the triangle-and-two when Kale Guldseth was in the game and a box-and-one when the junior guard was on the bench.
“You could tell that their focus was on stopping Brady and then Kale, too,” Kelly said. “We’ve got good players. We’ve got a lot of guys who can score points.”
Ferriter, a sophomore, hit jumpers on consecutive possessions to put BC up 4-0, and the Maroons never trailed. Ferriter then scored eight points in the second half to help the Maroons hang on for the win against the scrappy Broncs.
“Marcus did a great job tonight,” said junior Nate Bolstad, who scored 11 points. “I think he really stepped up. It’s pretty cool that he’s a sophomore and he can do the things he can really do. He’s pretty talented. He played big tonight.”
Ferriter did his damage despite fouling out with 4 minutes, 40 seconds left in the first half.
The Maroons led 46-36 at the time.
Fellow sophomore Danny Peoples came off the bench to hit a pair of 3-pointers and join Ferriter and Bolstad in double figures with 10 points.
Guldseth scored nine, while Emmett McCarthy tossed in eight points. Connor McGree and Dalton Sessions also contributed in BC’s victory.
Senior guard John Ryter scored 14 points to pace the Broncs, who fell to 1-4. Kameron Kohn scored 11.
The Maroons improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
BC closes out its pre-Christmas schedule Thursday when the Maroons play host to Belgrade in a non-conference game.
HAMILTON (1-4) — Teague Blome 0 0-2 0, Jesse Bartels 1 0-1 2, Kameron Kohn 5 2-6 11, John Ryter 3 5-6 14, Reese Isherwood 1 4-4 6, Ty Burt 2 1-2 7, Josh Heath 0-0 0-0 0, Matt Turley 0 0-0 0, Mitch Servoss 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 12-21 41.
BUTTE CENTRAL (3-2, 2-1) — Kale Guldseth 3 2-2 9, Connor McGree 0 0-0 0, Emmett McCarthy 4 0-0 8, Brady Tippett 1 2-4 4, Marcus Ferriter 5 2-3 12, Nate Bolstad 5 1-4 11, Danny Peoples 3 2-2 10, Dalton Sessions 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 9-15 54
Hamilton 5 10 13 13 — 41
Central 12 12 15 15 — 54
3-poing goals — Hamilton 3 (Burt 2, Ryter), BC 3 (Peoples 2, Guldseth). Fouls — Hamilton 16, BC 21. Fouled out — Ferriter. Technical — Isherwood.
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