Spartans top Bulldog boys to close regular season

Spartans top Bulldog boys to close regular season

MISSOULA — Now the games really start to count.

Butte High’s boys’ basketball team closed the regular season Saturday afternoon with a 55-42 Western AA loss to Missoula Sentinel.

Hayden Kolb scored 14 points to lead three Spartans in double figures as Sentinel closes the regular season at 14-4 overall and 10-4 in conference. Alex Germer scored 12 in the win, and T.J. Rousch tossed in 11.

Sentinel led 9-5 after the first quarter, and the Spartans took command by outscoring Butte 35-20 over the middle two quarters. Butte High stormed back in the fourth quarter, but it was too little.

Blake Drakos score nine points, while Tommy Mellott and Jake Olson each netted eight to lead the Bulldogs, who close the regular season at 6-12 overall and 5-9 in conference.

Ryan Burt scored six for Butte High, which also got five from Andrew Booth and two apiece from Cael Stenson, Mikey O’Dell and Kenley Leary.

The Bulldogs will head back to Sentinel Thursday to open the Western AA Divisional tournament.

BUTTE HIGH (6-12, 5-9) — Blake Drakos 2 3-3 9, Tommy Mellott 2 4-4 8, Cael Stenson 0 2-4 2, Andrew Booth 2 0-0 5, Jake Olson 2 4-6 8, Kenley Leary 1 0-0 2, Mikey O’Dell 0 2-2 2, Ryan Burt 3 0-0 6. Totals 12 15-19 42.
MISSOULA SENTINEL (14-4, 10-4) — Alex Germer 3 6-10 12, Jamie Jacobsen 0 0-0 0, Jack Carsen 1 0-0 3, Zac Crews 0 1-4 1, Soren Syvrud 1 0-0 3, Tony Frohlich-Fair 3 2-4 8, T.J. Rausch 3 4-4 11, Skye Palmer 0 0-0 0, Parker Lindsay 0 0-0 0, Heiden Crews 1 1-2 3. Totals 16 18-28 55.
Butte               5          12        8          17 — 42
Sentinel          9          21        14        11 — 55

3-point goals — Butte 3 (Drakos 2, Booth), Sentinel 5 (Kolb 2, Syvrud, Carsen, Rausch). Fouls — Butte 26, Sentinel 20. Fouled out — Booth, Olson, Syvrud. Technicals — none.



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