Butte Central hosted the Beavers on Senior night at the MAC Thursday. The Beavers came to play early and started the night with two quick turnovers and a 5-0 lead. They would continue to rebound the ball and run the floor extending their lead to 7-0 with 2 minutes gone by in the first.
After more stingy zone defense the Beavers scored another bucket on a fast break to push it to a 9 -0 run. Jack Keeley got the Maroons going after he was fouled and sent to the line for two, knocking down both, but the Beavers would come right back down and cash in another bucket.
GG Fantini checked into the game and wasted no time as he answered back by splashing home a triple and Dillon would lead 11-5. Dillon would answer back by imposing their size on the Maroons cashing in another bucket inside the painted area, 13-5 Beavs with 1 minute to play in the opening frame.
Seemingly everything was falling for Dillon as they continued to force turnovers and hit big shots, dialing up one from long distance to give the Beavers a double-digit advantage. Dillon would lead after one quarter of play 16-7.
Owen McPartland would get things going for BC to start the second as he hit a beautiful turnaround jumper for two, 16-9 Beavers. Dillon would answer right back after snagging an offensive board and Curnow got the friendly roll for three from the top of the key for 3 more Beaver first half points, 19-9 with 5 to play in the first half.
Josh Sutton came down out of a Beaver timeout and splashed home back-to-back triples and evaporated the Beaver lead to just 4 with 2 quick shots, 19-15 Dillon. After a Dillon bucket freshmen GG Fantini put his defender on a spin cycle through the key and laid it in beautifully.
Dillon would yet again respond and put another bucket in to push their lead to 23-17 with just over two minutes to play in the first half, followed by a 3-point play on their next trip down to push the lead back to 9.
At the half Dillon would take a 26-20 advantage to the locker room. Ryan Peoples was fouled to begin the 2nd half on a 3-point attempt and knocked all 3 down, after a pair of Dillon free throws, Peoples answered right back with a nice jumper for 2, but like they did all night Dillon answered back with a triple, followed by another Owen McPartland jumper for two and a timeout with 4:30 to play. 33-27 Dillon.
Owen McPartland kept attacking the bucket and hit a tough shot with his opposite hand for two to cut the lead to 6 with 2 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter. Off an offensive board Zane Moodry went up for two and it was 35-31 Dillon with 1:11 to play in the quarter.
After 3 quarters of play the Maroons trailed by 6 points heading into the 4th quarter. Parker Robertson started the fourth off with a nice little turnaround in the key for two, Robertson kept his foot on the gas pedal as he splashed home a triple from the top of the key to cut the lead to one possession at 39-36 with 2 minutes gone by in the 4th.
Robertson was relentless in his attack to the hoop as he again attacked Dillon and drove the lane for two more, Dillon answered right back at the other end with a lay in of their own 41-38. Josh Sutton joined the 3 party again as he drilled home a triple to knot things up at 41 apiece with 3 minutes to play.
Off a great screen and pass Ryan Peoples continued his stellar play as he netted home another triple to give the Maroons their first lead of the night at 44-43 with 1:42 to play.
Owen “Big Shot” McPartland hit an absolute clutch trey ball to extend the Maroon lead to two possessions with 34 seconds to play on an absolute dagger of a shot, 47-43 Maroons. Dillon wouldn’t go away though, with 18 seconds left to play they cut the 5-point Maroon lead to 2 after a long range 3 ball, timeout Dillon with 20 seconds to play.
Jack Keeley knocked down 2 big shots at the line to push the lead back to 4 with 18 seconds to go. Dillon got one more shot at things but couldn’t find the bottom of the net, Keeley knocked down 2 more at the stripe and the Maroons stun and knock off the Beavers in comeback fashion 52-46.
Once again all Maroons dipped their hands in the scoring cookie jar, as Owen McPartland led the way with 10 points, Josh Sutton and Jack Keeley each had 9, Ryan Peoples had 8, Parker Robertson had 7, GG Fantini had 5, and Zane Moodry had 4 for the Maroons.
Kyle Engellent led the way for the Beavers with 17 points, Carter Curnow had 12.
Butte Central will play their final regular season game next week on the road at Corvallis.