Skyview boys run past Bulldogs

Friday night was one of frustration for the Butte High boys’ basketball team.

For the better part of the 32-minute game, the Bulldogs went toe-to-toe with No. 3-ranked Billings Skyview at the Butte Civic Center. The Bulldogs, though, couldn’t overcome a couple lapses, and the Falcons left town with a 55-41 Eastern AA victory.

“It’s the same story, different game,” Bulldog coach Terry Hauser said. “At crucial times we turn it over.”

The killer run for the Bulldogs was the eight straight Falcon points to close out the third quarter.

The Falcons led 36-28 when Zach Bunney made a nice pass to Kyle Peterson for a chance at a transition bucket. The play drew a whistle, and Bulldog fans assumed Peterson would go to the line to shoot two free throws.

Instead, double dribble was called on the Bulldogs, much to the dismay of the scattered home crowd.

The Falcons wasted little time making Butte High pay for the turnovers. Daine Muller scored a quick hoop and two Butte turnovers led to a bucket by Muller and two free throws by Alex Zacher.

Josiah Running Crow added a hoop to make it 42-28.

Butte High’s Killian O’Leary bounced in a running 3-pointer as time expired to cut the Falcon lead to 42-31 after three quarters, but that was the end of the good news for the Bulldogs.

Butte High picked up two technical fouls in the game. Hauser was T’d up early in the second quarter, forcing the coach to sit on the bench the rest of the way. The Butte High bench received a technical in the fourth quarter.

The game started with promise for the Bulldogs. Peterson turned a three-point play early, and the Bulldogs led 11-10 after the first quarter.

The game saw five lead changes before a 3-pointer by Matt Fuhrman put the Falcons on top for good at 17-15 with 6 minutes, 5 seconds left in the second quarter.

Skyview led 30-23 at the break, and the Falcons took a 34-23 lead on a 3-pointer by Konner Wiechman early in the third.

Dallas cook turned a steal into a hoop before O’Leary sank a 3-pointer to give the Bulldogs life. Then the Falcons took that hope away with the 8-0 run.

Fuhrman scored 15 points to lead the Falcons, who improved to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Wiechman scored 14, while Muller tossed in 13.

O’Leary’s 10 paced the Bulldogs, who also got nine from Peter Granger, eight from Cook and seven from Peterson.

Cory Farstveet scored four for Butte High, which fell to 2-7 and 1-2. Bunney tossed in two.

Dalton Daum, Connor Lee, Chase Plum, Gabe McClafferty, Colten Billteen and Zach Johnson also saw time for the Bulldogs.

“It was a good game,” Hauser said. “We’ve just got to find a way not to turn it over.”

Butte High is back in action Saturday when the Bulldogs take on No. 5-ranked Billings West at 4:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.

BILLINGS SKYVIEW (8-3, 3-1) — Matt Fuhrman 7 1-4 15, Daine Muller 4 4-8 13, Tanner Nelson 0 0-0 0, Josiah Running Crow 1 0-2 2, Konner Wiechman 5 0-2 14, Alex Zacher 1 2-2 4, Bayle Slevira 0 0-0 0, Jacob Smyle 0 0-0 0, Cole Sowden 0 0-0 0, Grant Franjevic 0 0-0 0, Teague Rutherford 0 1-2 1, Nolan McHugh 1 4-4 6. Totals 19 11-24 55.
BUTTE HIGH (2-7, 1-2) — Peter Granger 4 1-3 9, Zach Bunney 1 0-0 2, Cory Farstveet 1 2-3 4, Dallas Cook 4 0-0 8, Kyle Peterson 2 3-5 7, Killian O’Leary 3 2-2 10, Dalton Daum 0 0-0 0, Connor Lee 0 0-0 0, Chase Plum 0 0-0 0, Gabe McClafferty 0 0-0 0, Colten Billteen 0 0-0 0, Zach Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 9-15 51.
Skyview           10   20   12   13 — 55
Butte               11   12     8   10 — 41

3-point goals — Skyview 6 (Wiechman 4, Fuhrman, Muller), Butte 2 (O’Leary 2). Fouls — Skyview 15, Butte 18. Fouled out — Cook. Technicals — Butte coach Terry Hauser, Butte bench.