Strong 4th quarter lifts Bulldogs past Wolfpack

The Bulldogs and the Wolfpack of Glacier battled it out in a rescheduled game that was supposed to take place in January. However, Montana decided to have a Montana weather moment, which postponed the boys’ and girls’ basketball games into February. With the high school wrestling season wrapped up, it is time to focus on the hardwood.

The Butte High Bulldogs matchup against Glacier was played in loving memory of Mick Wonnacott.

Glacier opened the game by scoring three straight from beyond the arc to make it 9-0. Butte High could not find anything offensively and missed seven straight field goals until Hudson Luedtke found a mid-range jumper to sink with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter. Foul trouble from Glacier helped keep Butte High within fighting distance. Torre Tempel came off the bench to knock down two straight three-pointers. Glacier would answer with a three-pointer of their own to close out quarter number one.

The Bulldogs found success in the form of freshman Braylon Larson. The youngster came off the bench and added a pair of field goals in the second quarter. Tocher Lee scored seven straight points to give the Bulldogs a 21-20 lead with 2:30 left in the second quarter. The Wolfpack grabbed the offensive boards and isolated the perimeter, which helped them recapture and extend the lead 29-23. Just before the buzzer sounded at the end of the first half, Hudson Luedtke banked a three-pointer to bring the score to 29-26 in favor of the ‘Pack.

The Bulldogs took control of rebounds in the third quarter, but that did not stop the Wolfpack from acquiring the hot hand on offense. The Bulldogs found themselves in a hole midway through the third period, but Rueso Battermann was able to help dig them out of the hole. Battermann was key on defense and offense, scoring two crucial field goals to thin the scoring margin to single digits. Mistakes on fast breaks and friendly fire tip-ins tested this young team’s mental toughness. The Wolfpack were up 45-37 at the end of three quarters.

For the Bulldogs in the 4th quarter, A spark was lit in the fourth quarter, and gasoline was used to put it out. Incredible all-around defense and clutch scoring from Luedtke and Bobby Bache were the talking points of the fourth. With the Wolfpack leading 48-45 with 4:35 left in the game, the Bulldogs drained three straight from beyond the arc, two from Bache and one from Lee. Larson helped the run by taking a charge that could have ended in a basket.

With the ‘Dogs leading 54-51 with 2:02 left in the game, Glaciers’ foul trouble came back to bite them. The ‘Dogs sank eight of their ten free throws to maintain the lead. Glacier had a chance to come back after being down 57-52 but only hit one of the four free throws. The Bulldogs scored 23 fourth-quarter points and only gave up seven to Glacier. The final buzzer sounded, and the Bulldogs went home with a hard-fought win.

Sophomore stud Hudson Luedtke led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 points, nine of which came in the final quarter. Tocher Lee drained four three-point buckets and added a field goal for 13 total points. Bobby Bache clutched nine of his 11 points in the fourth quarter. Braylon Larson added 8 points, and Torre Tempel kickstarted the game with 6 points off the bench. The battering ram, Rueso Battermann, finished with 4 points, and Brady Hanson drained his two free throws to round out the Bulldogs’ scoring efforts.

Glacier saw ten players contribute to the Wolfpack’s scorecard. Easton Kauffman led the way with 12 points, followed by Liam Ells with 9 points and Slate Burrington with 8. Noah Cummings finished two three-point buckets for 6 points. Brantley Salmonsen finished with 5, Jackson Enderson with 4, and Cohen Kastelitz, Luke Nikunen, Owen Henry, and Josh Eagleton hit two-point buckets to round out the ‘Pack scorers.

The Dogs will try to extend their three-game winning streak as they host the Missoula Big Sky Eagles on February 16th—Tipoff at 7:00 pm at the Ross J. Richardson Gymnasium.