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#1 Dillon bounces Butte, Hamilton
Beavers clinch top seed at divisional tournament
The top-ranked Class A Dillon Beavers improved to 15-1 on the season and a perfect 8-0 in league games with a sweep of AA Butte High and conference foe Hamilton last week. The victory over the Broncs assured Dillon of the top-seed at the upcoming Southwestern A divisional tournament.
Last Tuesday evening at Dillon’s B.W. Lodge Gym, Dillon opened a boys-girls doubleheader with a solid 66-62 win over the AA Butte High Bulldogs. Senior Troy Scott exploded for 36 points to provide the offensive fire power to lead Dillon to victory. Scott leads to Southwestern A in scoring with a 20.2 point per game average.
“I thought the kids did an excellent job of moving the ball, driving and dishing and finding Troy since he had the hot hand,” said Dillon Hall of Fame coach Terry Thomas. “Troy worked very hard – he got some inside looks, he was 3 of 4 from the three, and he made a lot of free throws (8 of 12) – he had an outstanding night of shooting the ball.”
Thomas was happy with his team’s defensive effort with pressure on the ball in both man and zone looks. He felt the team allowed Butte too many second chance looks off the offensive glass.
“The disadvantage of our zone is it is a little harder to get block out position than it is in man and they took advantage and kept possessions alive,” said Thomas.
Thomas said Butte High had held the lead in the second half of their last seven games coming into Dillon, illustrating that they were an improved time playing better than their record. The quality win helped the Beavers grow as a team and helped identify team weaknesses as the post-season nears.
“We had an excellent team effort at Hamilton,” said Thomas. “Our guys that came off the bench had a good, quality game. They gave us great energy and our level of play stayed high.”
Thomas has been flooding the floor with players throughout the season and the second five now has the experience and confidence to take on any court situation. Dillon led by 24 points in the third quarter, and won 56-40.
Dillon hit just 4 of 19 from three-point land, with Chance Kluesner keeping things somewhat respectable on 3-of-6 shooting from the arc as he hit a team-high 11 points. Overall, Dillon struggled from the floor hitting 18 of 51 shots. Hamilton canned 13 of 38 attempts.
The Beavers honor Scott and Kluesner Friday night at 6 p.m. when they take on defending state A champion Stevensville on Senior Night. Saturday, Dillon concludes the regular season at Corvallis.
BUTTE HIGH 62, #1 DILLON 66
Dillon scoring – Chance Kluesner 6, Trae Williams 4, J.D. Ferris 2, Parker Love 5, Nate Simkins 6, Justin Ferris 0, Troy Scott 36, Tanner Haverfield 2, Jason Ferris 4, Brady Richardson 1.
Three-pointers (6-17) – Kluesner 2-4, Williams 0-1, J.D. Ferris 0-3, Love 1-3, Justin Ferris 0-2, Scott 3-4. Rebounds (22) – Williams 4. Blocks (2) – Richardson 4, Scott 1. Steals (15) – J.D. Ferris 3, Scott 3. Turnovers (11). Assists (11) – J.D. Ferris 5.
#1 DILLON 56, HAMILTON 40
Dillon scoring – Kluesner 11, Williams 4, J.D. Ferris 3, Love 5, Simkins 4, Justin Ferris 3, Scott 8, Haverfield 6, Jason Ferris 5, Richardson 7.
Three-pointers (4-19) – Kluesner 3-6, Williams 0-2, J.D. Ferris 0-3, Love 0-1, Simkins 1-2, Justin Ferris 0-2, Scott 0-3. Rebounds (32) – Richardson 9, Williams 4, Jason Ferris 4. Blocks (2) – Haverfield 2. Steals (12) – Kluesner 3. Turnovers (15). Assists (11) – Williams 3.