#1 Beavs rout Stevi, Butte Central

By 
J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Like glue

Dillon senior point guard Daxon Graham guards a Maroon in Dillon’s 49-33 victory over Butte Central Saturday afternoon. The top-ranked Beavers improved to 10-0 win the win. J.P Plutt photo

The Dillon Beavers cruised through a homestand with wins over Stevensville, 74-31, and Butte Central, 49-33, to improve to 10-0 and remain the only undefeated team in Montana boys Class A basketball. The impressive record puts Dillon atop the 406 Montana Sports Class A poll.

Winless Stevensville provided little resistance to Dillon’s unselfish, relentless, team work operation. With a 22-7 first quarter lead, the game was over early.

Dillon coach Terry Thomas rotated all 14 dressed players through the lineup in the lopsided victory. With Dillon ahead by 40 points in the second half, a continuous clock ended the rout early via the mercy rule.

Jonathan Kirkley, Cole Truman and Connor Curnow posted double digit scoring nights, with Curnow adding 15 rebounds and Truman 9 boards to impressive stat lines.

The Maroons are young, but a Brodie Kelly coached team always competes with their traditional man-to-man defense. Central pulled to within 8 points in the third quarter before the Beavers asserted control late to pull away for the 16 point margin of victory.

“They did a good job of moving the ball until they felt like they got a good quality shot,” said Thomas of his team’s fourth quarter dominance. “It was the part of the game where we neeed to come away with buckets. I thought that was our team maturing a little bit down the stretch –making good shots, good solid plays, decisions and execution.”

Kirkley led all scorers with 22 points and added 4 steals, 2 assists and a blocked shot. Curnow ripped down a game-high 10 rebounds for Dillon.

A schedule change has Lewistown replacing Livingston in Dillon’s regular season finale on Feb. 19, Senior Night for the players. Livingston needed to make up a COVID canceled game with Hardin. Lewistown lost their first two games of the season, but put things in order and stand 8-3, one of the top records from the Eastern A.

“It will be fun to play someone from a different conference and for them to be having a real good year, it should be a good match-up, to end the season and help us prepare for tournament time,” said Thomas.

STEVENSVILLE 31, DILLON 74

Dillon scoring – Jonny Reiser 7, Kee Christiansen 0, Daxon Graham 2, Caden Hansen 3, Max Davis 2, Eli Nourse 6, Tyler Lagunas 3, Cole Truman 12, Jonathan Kirkley 13, Connor Curnow 12, Callahan Hoffman 9, Jace Fitzgerald 3, Kale Konen 2, Carsten Lemelin 0.

Halftime – 40-11, Dillon. Dillon three-pointers (3-11) – Reiser 1-2, Christiansen 0-1, Graham 0-3, Hansen 0-1, Nourse 0-4, Lagunas 1-1, Kirkley 3-7, Curnow 2-2, Fitzgerald 1-4. Rebounds (51) – Curnow 15, Truman 11. Steals (13) – Curnow 6. Assists (21) – Christiansen, Graham, Curnow all 4. Turnovers (10). Blocks (1) – Hoffman 1.

BUTTE CENTRAL 33, DILLON 49

Dillon scoring – Jonny Reiser 0, Daxon Graham 0, Eli Nourse 0, Cole Truman 6, Jonathan Kirkley 22, Connor Curnow 8, Callahan Hoffman 6, Jace Fitzgerald 7.

Halftime – 25-17, Dillon. Dillon three-pointers (4-20) – Reiser 0-1, Graham 0-5, Nourse 0-1, Truman 0-2, Kirkley 3-7, Curnow 0-1, Fitzgerald 1-3. Rebounds (22) – Curnow 7, Fitzgerald 6, Kirkley 6. Steals (9) – Kirkley 4. Assists (12) – Fitzgerald 5. Turnovers (11). Blocks (3) – Curnow 2, Kirkley 1.

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