The Dillon Beavers left little doubt Thursday night.
Dillon, the No. 1-ranked team in the Class A, improved to 13-1 by handing the No. 3 Maroons their worst loss in the history of the Maroon Activities Center, a 60-28 Southwestern A beating.
“It’s really disappointing,” BC coach Brodie Kelly said. “They beat us thoroughly. In every which way they beat us.”
Butte Central led 5-3 before the Beavers took the lead for good with an 8-0 run.
Dillon led 16-8 after one and extended the lead to 37-18 by halftime thanks to some hot shooting. Nate Simkins, Justin Ferris and Troy Scott all hit threes as Dillon opened the game before the break.
Scott, who came in averaging 20.2 points per game, scored a team-leading 17 points to lead the Beavers, who saw eight players score points. Five different Beavers hit 3-pointers.
“We know Troy commands a lot of attention,” Dillon coach Terry Thomas said. “As we move the ball around and shared it we were able to find some guys with open looks, and we knocked them down. We know to beat a good team you have to do that.”
The third quarter was a nightmare for the Maroons, who were outscored 15-1 in the first 8 minutes after the break, giving the Beavers a 52-19 advantage.
Danny Peoples hit a 3-pointer with 6 minutes, 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter to make it a 56-22 game. That ended a drought of 11 minutes, 27 seconds that the Maroons went without a field goal.
“We really felt like we played some excellent defense right off the bat,” Thomas said. “We had good pressure in full court as well as half court, and we were able to maintain that as we moved kids in and out of the game.”
Dillon also seemed to get every shot to fall, ending the first three quarters with Justin Ferris baskets.
Ferris bounced in a 3-pointer to end the first. He then drilled a running, 17-foot jumper as time expired in the second.
Somehow, he also hit a contested 3-pointer from the corner as the buzzer sounded in the third.
“Sometimes it’s just like that,” Thomas said. “When it is, you just hope to stay in that zone and ride it out.”
Ferris, who came off the bench, scored 16 points . Trae Williams scored nine, while Simkins scored five and Parker Love and Jason Ferris each scored four.
“I can’t believe how good our bench played,” Scott said.
Dillon also got two points from Tanner Haverfield and Brady Richardson and one from J.D. Ferris as the Beavers improved to 7-0 in Southwestern A play.
Nate Bolstad scored nine to lead the Maroons. Kale Guldseth scored six, while Dalton Sessons scored five, Marcus Ferriter tossed in four, Peoples scored three and Cal Hollow netted one.
Connor McGree and Chad Peterson also contributed for the Maroons, who fell to 12-3 and 6-2.
The Maroons are back in action when they head to Livingston for a non-conference game with the Rangers.
Dillon is back in action Tuesday when they play host to Butte High.
DILLON (13-1, 7-0)
Chanse Kluesner 0 0-0 0, Trae Williams 2 4-5 9, J.D. Ferris 0 1-2 1, Troy Scott 7 0-0 17, Brady Richardson 0 2-2 2, Parker Love 2 0-0 4, Nate Simkins 2 0-0 5, Justin Ferris 6 0-0 16, Tanner Haverfield 1 0-0 2, Jason Ferris 2 0-0 4, Tyler Jory 0 0-0 0, Carson Turner 0 0-0 0, Nick Huber 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-8 60.
BUTTE CENTRAL (12-3, 6-2)
Kale Guldseth 2 1-2 6, Chad Peterson 0 0-0 0, Dalton Sessions 2 1-2 5, Marcus Ferriter 2 0-0 4, Nate Bolstad 2 5-8 9, Cal Hollow 0 1-3 1, Danny Peoples 1 0-0 3, Connor McGree 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 8-16 28.
Dillon 16 21 15 8 — 60
Central 8 10 1 9 — 28
3-point goals — Dillon 9 (Justin Ferris 4, Scott 3, Williams, Simkins), BC 4 (Bolstad 2, Guldseth, Peoples). Fouls — Dillon 14, BC 15. Fouled out — none. Technicals — none.