Eli Nourse

Dillon point guard Eli Nourse gets a contested shot off against Hamilton in the closely contested consolation game Saturday night at Ronan. Dillon took the win, the third place trophy and a spot opposite undefeated Lewistown in the state A bracket.

The Dillon Beavers weathered a brutal schedule in the Western A Divisional Basketball Tournament in Ronan over the weekend, facing both the Northwestern A champion and runner-up and the Southwestern A regular season champion and runner-up. The Beavers posted a 3-1 record, placed third and earned a berth at the Montana Class A State Tournament March 9-11 at the Brick Breeden Field House in Bozeman. The Beavers will face Eastern A runner-up Glendive in the opening round and owe it all to a smothering, hardworking defensive effort..

Dillon opened with the Northwestern A runner-up Browning Indians and ran them out of the gym, 46-32. Dillon faced defending state A champion and rival Butte Central in the semifinal, played a great game for all but several minutes in the third quarter, and lost for the third time on the season to the Maroons, 60-57. In the consolation bracket, Dillon defeated Northwestern A champion Columbia Falls, 47-32, and then won over Hamilton for the first time all season in the consolation game, 41-39.

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