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Sickness, Bison too much for Butte High boys

Sickness, Bison too much for Butte High boys

GREAT FALLS — The stomach flu and the Great Falls Bison were a lethal combination for the Butte High boys’ basketball team Saturday afternoon.

Blake Thelen scored 19 points to lead four Bison in double figures, and Great Falls cruised to an 83-37 Eastern AA over the shorthanded Bulldogs.

Riley Callery and Drew Wyman each scored 16 points for the Bison, who connected on 11 shots from 3-point land. Kyle Torgerson scored 11 points.

Great Falls improved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in league play.

Danny McCloskey scored nine points to lead the Bulldogs, who were without senior Kash Kelly.

Kelly was battling the stomach flu. Several other players played through the sickness that grabbed ahold of the team during the week, Bulldog coach Luke Powers said.

Tommy Mellott and Kale McCarthy each scored seven points for the Bulldogs. Trevyn Roth knocked in two 3-pointers and scored six, and Clay Ferguson and Jake Olson each scored four.

Overall, 14 Bulldogs saw time in the loss.

Butte High (2-9, 0-5) heads to Bozeman Tuesday to take on the Hawks.

BUTTE HIGH (2-9, 0-6) — Tommy Mellott 3 1-2 7, Clay Ferguson  4-4 4, Jake Vetter 0 0-0 0, Kale McCarthy 3 1-2 7, Danny McCloskey 2 4-6 9, Trevyn Roth 2 0-2 6, Jake Olson 2 0-0 4, Andrew Booth 0 0-0 0, Michael Philips  0 0-0 0, Zach Merrifield 0 0-0 0, Ryan Neil 0 0-0 0, Cael Stenson 0 0-0 0, Ryan Burt 0 0-0 0, Aidan Lee 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 10-14 37.
GREAT FALLS HIGH (9-1, 5-0) — Levi Torgerson 1 0-0 3, Keegan Bistodeau 2 0-1 5, Riley Callery 6 4-6 16, Blake Thelen 7 4-4 19, Kyle Torgerson 4 1-2 11, Cash Abbott 2 0-0 6, Luke Wyman 0 0-0 0, Gabe Longin, 0 1-2 1, Drew Wyman 6 00 16, Teague Fought 0 2-2 2, D. Franklin 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 12-17 83.
Butte High                  9          9          11          8 — 37
Great Falls High        19        20        26        18 — 83

3-point goals — Butte 3 (Roth 2, McCloskey), Great Falls 11 (D. Wyman 4, Abbot 2, K. Torgerson 2, L. Torgerson, Bistodeau, Thelen) Fouls — Butte 19, Great Falls 14. Fouled out — none.



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