Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Orediggers

Thursday’s Hot Ticket: Bulldogs, Orediggers

Prep boys’ basketball
Butte High at Helena Capital, 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs hit the road for a crucial Western AA game against the Bruins.

Both teams sit at 6-6 and are tied for third place in the Western AA. The top four teams host playoff games next week, but Butte High could fall into the bottom four if they do not get a win over Capital or unbeaten Missoula Sentinel on Friday.

Brayden Koch poured in 29 points, and Capital beat Butte High 76-69 Jan. 7 at the Butte Civic Center. That was the season opener for both teams. Blake Drakos scored 18 points, and fellow senior Billy Kelly tossed in 14 to lead Butte High.

The Bulldogs will need to break out of their late-season offensive slump if they are going to win one or both of their last two games. After averaging 61.8 points per game through their first nine games, the Bulldogs have averages 48.0 points over the last three games.

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College women’s basketball
Frontier Conference playoffs: Montana Tech at MSU-Northern, 5 p.m.

The Orediggers are hoping the playoff opener goes much like their regular-season finale.

Tech beath Northern 62-55 Sunday afternoon in Butte. That win came after the Skylights beat Tech 64-57 to secure a home playoff game the night before. The teams also split a regular-season weekend in Havre.

Sunday’s win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the banged-up Orediggers. They are 5-13 overall and in conference play. Northern, which is also banged up, is 6-13 and 5-10.

Montana Western plays host to Rocky Mountain in Thursday’s other first-round game. Carroll College and the University of Providence earned first-round byes. A win by Tech would send the Orediggers to Carroll on Saturday.

College men’s basketball
Frontier Conference playoffs: Rocky Mountain College at Montana Tech, 7 p.m.
One year after hosting their first home playoff game in two decades, the Orediggers will look to win their first home playoff games since the 1990s when they take on the Battlin’ Bears.

The Orediggers finished the regular season at 12-10 overall and 12-8 in Frontier play. That earned Tech the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. Tech went 4-0 against Rocky in the regular season. That includes wins of 81-63 and 70-62 Feb. 13-14 in Billings.

Rocky comes to town at 1-16 overall and 1-15 in league play.

Montana Western will play at MSU-Northern in the other Thursday Frontier playoff game. The University of Providence and Carroll College earned first-round byes. The Orediggers will go to Helena for Saturday’s semifinals if they knock off Rocky.

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