Dillon boys cruise by East Helena as road trip continues

By 
J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Dillon boys have yet to play a home game and will have 8 games under their belts when they shoot at the familiar rims of B.W. Lodge Gym this Saturday.

Dillon would have played their first home game of the season last week, but a snowstorm kept Stevensville in Ravalli County. The game has been rescheduled for Jan. 28, when the Beavers will be in the midst of a stretch of 8 of 10 games at home to conclude the regular season. Dillon will then host the District tourney, Feb. 17-19.

Road blues were not a factor at East Helena on Saturday. Dillon posted a 71-33 victory to improve to 4-2 on the season.

“I guess the story line is our kids played tremendous defense, both in man and zone,” said Dillon coach Terry Thomas. “We didn’t really press, but in half-court we tried to apply a lot of pressure and we created 33 turnovers and that turned into some real good fast break opportunities and some open floor stuff.”

All 10 players that suited up played and scored in as a balanced attack as you could find, with players hitting between 4 and 12 points each. Seniors Callahan Hoffman, Connor Curnow and Jonathan Kirkley led the barrage with 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively.

“We did a really nice job of attacking the basket and passing ahead to get quality looks that gave us opportunities to score,” said Thomas. “We didn’t turn the ball over much. Our kids are starting to get fundamentally sound in the open floor to where they can make good decisions and use good techniques and come away with good, quality shots.”

Dillon shot well in the controlled situations they created for themselves, making 28 of 39 two-point shots. From the perimeter, Dillon struggled with two makes and 16 misses.

“It was a really good job of sharing the basketball,” said Thomas of a key emphasis on his teams. “Our kids are very athletic and they share the basketball. Our point guards (Eli Nourse and Kee Christiansen) are doing a tremendous job of getting us into the offense and sharing the ball.”

To join the basketball sharing party in this up tempo offense, players better not stand around or the game will run right past them.

“The kids, even our big guys, get out and run and are taking advantage of trying to find some openings before the defense gets set.”

The Beavers traveled to Butte High on Tuesday for a game that happened after the Dillon Tribune deadline. On Friday they continue their road swing with a trip to play a solid Frenchtown team, and finally, they host Hamilton on Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the respective girls programs.

DILLON 71, EAST HELENA 33

Dillon scoring – Connor Curnow 11, Kee Christiansen 9, Treyton Anderson 4, Caden Hansen 7, Max Davis 4, Eli Nourse 4 , Tyler Lagunas 5, Treyton Graham 5, Jonathan Kirkley 10, Callahan Hoffman 12.

Halftime – 35-18, Dillon Dillon three-pointers (2-16) – Curnow 0-1, Anderson 0-3, Hansen 1-2, Davis 0-2, Nourse 0-2, Lagunas 0-2, Graham 1-1, Kirkley 0-2, Hoffman 0-6. Rebounds (26) – Davis 10. Steals (27) – Hansen 8. Assists (20) – Kirkley 4. Turnovers (12). Blocks (1) – Lagunas.

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