Beavers roll to 3-0 on the road with wins at Stevi, BC

By 
J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The Dillon Beavers continued their run through Class A basketball with a decisive defeat of Stevensville and a much needed challenge from Butte Central on Saturday. Dillon improved to 3-0 with the road wins and play their first home game of the season on Saturday against Southwestern A foe Hamilton.

Dillon built a 56-16 lead over the Yellowjackets at Stevensville on Thursday and rolled to an 81-32 victory with a continuous clock running in the second half due to the lopsided nature of the score.

The Maroons, a longtime rival and well coached unit year in and year out, gave the Beavers their first resistance of the season. Central has the challenge of replacing a senior-laden squad of a year ago, and will do so on the shooting stroke of Dougie Peoples, a sophomore guard.

“When he gets open he has a really nice shot he can shoot from distance,” said Thomas of the Maroon shooter who hit three treys to account for Central’s first 9 points en route to a 21 point game. “They are young and not overly big, but they play fundamentally sound and don’t make mistakes.”

The Beavers took an early 12-0 lead at the Maroon Activity Central, but Peoples hit the triple triples and the first quarter ended with Dillon ahead, 15-9. The Beavers extended the lead to 32-24 at the half.

According to Thomas, Central cut Dillon’s lead to 2 points in the third quarter before the Beavers switched to their staple 1-3-1 half court zone defense in the fourth quarter. Through the first three quarters, Dillon defenses, going to the press on most made baskets and dead ball situations, and falling back into zone or man defense in the half court. In the third quarter in particular, the Beavers got stuck in man-to-man often, and Central took advantage to make their run.

“We took off the press and focused solely on the 1-3-1 and stops turned into points feeding the momentum the rest of the game,” said Thomas.

The Beavers outscored Central 17-11 in the fourth quarter to post the 64-51 victory.

Cole Truman, Dillon’s 6-5 senior, continues to lead the Beavers from the offensive end. Truman averaged 20 points for the two games. Jonathan Kirkley and Connor Hoffman, both juniors, continue to impress with double digit scoring averages.

The Beavers host their first home game of the season on Saturday at 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Beavers travel to Class B Three Forks.

DILLON 81, STEVENSVILLE 32

Dillon scoring – Jonny Reiser 2, Kee Christiansen 2, Daxon Graham 9, Caden Hansen 0, Max Davis 0, Eli Nourse 0, Tyler Lagunas 1, Cole Truman 19, Jonathan Kirkley 12, Connor Curnow 9, Callahan Hoffman 12, Jace Fitzgerald 2, Ka1e Konen 0, Carsten Lemelin 0.

Halftime – 56-16, Dillon. Dillon three-pointers (2-14) – Reiser 0-1, Christiansen 0-1, Graham 1-1, Hansen 1-3, Nourse 0-2, Truman 0-1, Kirkley 0-2, Fitzgerald 0-2, Lemelin 0-1. Rebounds (51) – Curnow 12, Hoffman 10, Truman 10. Steals (15) – Nourse 3, Kirkley 3, Curnow 3. Assists (23) – kirkley 6. Turnovers (13). Blocks (3) – Truman 1, Kirkley 1, Hoffman 1.

DILLON 64, BUTTE CENTRAL 51

Dillon scoring – Jonny Reiser 4, Daxon Graham 6, Cole Truman 21, Jonathan Kirkley 13, Connor Curnow 13, Callahan Hoffman 2, Jace Fitzgerald 5.

Halftime – 32-24, Dillon. Dillon three-pointers (2-10) – Graham 0-2, Truman 0-1, Kirkley 0-2, Fitzgerald 1-3. Rebounds (24) – Curnow 7, Kirkley 6. Steals (12) – Curnow 3, Fitzgerald 3. Assists (16) – Kirkley 7. Turnovers (10). Blocks (2) – Graham 1, Truman 1.

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