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Dillon overwhelms Anaconda, Corvallis
The Dillon Beaver boys basketball team opened their home schedule last weekend with a pair of convincing wins over Anaconda and Corvallis, a pair of Southwestern A opponents. Friday night in their home opener, Dillon dominated the Copperheads, 66-28. Saturday, the Beavers improved to 5-0 with a 60-31 rout of the Blue Devils.
“Both games I thought we played exceptional defense, with great energy and pressure, and we got both Anaconda and Corvallis off-balance and got them to turn the ball over a lot,” said Dillon coach Terry Thomas. “That in turn ignited some offense for us.”
In the two games combined, the Beavers forced 57 turnovers and gave the ball away 23 times.
“We were able to go 14 kids deep and just play sound basketball and it ended up in two convincing wins,” said Thomas. “We really feel depth is our strength and we like to use it, so we’ve been using an uptempo game plan and getting a lot of players in the game to force to issue.”
The starting five include seniors Troy Scott and Chance Kluesner, and juniors Trae Williams, J.D. Ferris and Brady Richardson. Of the five, Richardson is the new kid down on the blocks – the starter with the least amount of varsity experience from a year ago. Richardson’s contributions this year are evident and he is an emerging impact player.
“We’re looking for kids that can get on the boards and Brady has done a tremendous job there,” said Thomas of the 6-4 post. “He’s filling a role with his work ethic on the boards.”
Over the weekend, Richardson paced Dillon with a team-high 13 rebounds, leading the team with 8 on Friday and 5 on Saturday. Richardson ranks sixth in the conference with a 6 rebound per game average. The Beavers outrebounded the opposition 59-51 with a team effort. 12 and then 11 Dillon players grabbed at least one board each night.
Scott, Dillon’s 6-4 all around star, scored 21 points against Anaconda and 14 versus Corvallis to lead the team both nights. Sophomore Nick Huber hit for 10 against Corvallis for Dillon’s only other double digit scoring production on the weekend. Following the total team philosophy, 11 Beavers scored each night.
The quality of opposition will be a major upgrade this week. The Beavers face the two teams that figure to be in a three-way battle for the league championship with Dillon. Butte Central brings back a host of experienced players from a quality team of a year ago, and Stevensville, the defending state “A” champions, returns a loaded squad. Central, with premiere players Nate Bolstad and Kale Guldseth, visits Dillon Thursday. The Maroons own an early season win over Stevensville.
The Beavers travel to Stevensville Saturday where they will take on the inside power of Jesse Sims and Zach Gavalack, both 6-4, and four-year starting guard Jared Schulz.
ANACONDA 28 DILLON 66
Dillon scoring – Chance Kluesner 6, Tyler Jory 2, Trae Williams 2, JD. Ferris 6, Parker Love 0, Nate Simkins 2, Justin Ferris 5, Carson Turner 0, Troy Scott 21, Nick Huber 10, Tanner Haverfield 4, Jason Ferris 4, Brady Richardson 4.
Three-pointers (5-27) – Kluesner 2-3, Jory 0-1, Williams 0-4, J.D. Ferris 0-3, Love 0-2, Simkins 0-3, Justin Ferris 0-2, Turner 0-1, Scott 3-7, Huber 0-1, Jason Ferris 0-1. Rebounds (35) – Richardson 8, Scott 5, J.D. Ferris 4, Justin Ferris 4. Blocks (1) – Love. Steals (19) – Jason Ferris 4. Turnovers (16). Assists (18) – J.D. Ferris 7.
CORVALLIS 31, DILLON 60
Dillon scoring – Kluesner 7, Jory 3, Williams 4, J.D. Ferris 2, Love 4, Simkins 6, Justin Ferris 6, Turner 0, Scott 15, Huber 2, HCWEDIWLS 0, Jason Ferris 7, Richardson 4.
Three-pointers (5-21) – Kluesner 1-2, Jory 0-1, J.D. Ferris 0-2, Love 0-2, Simkins 1-2, Justin Ferris 1-5, Scott 1-3, Huber 0-3, Haverfield 0-1, Jason Ferris 1-1. Rebounds (24) – Richardson 5, Love 4. Blocks (0). Steals (15) – Williams 3, Scott 3. Turnovers (7). Assists (14) – Kluesner 4, Williams 4.