The Darby Tigers secured the top seed in District 13C with a 53-49 win over Clark Fork on Thursday night. Although the Mountain Cats took the lead at the end of the first quarter, Darby took control in the second and edged ahead. The Alberton/Superior co-op struggled in the second quarter thanks to a tight Tiger defense. Darby continued to push and took the lead in the second half. Nelson Smith scored 18 points to lead all scorers.
Darby 53, Clark Fork 49
Clark Fork – Hewston Coon 9, Danner Haskins 3, Javen Hughes 2, Aaron Waddle 15, Korey Radford 3, Bryan Mask 17.
Darby – Dylan Parks 10, Nelson Smith 18, Christian Humphrey 8, Daniel Muir 3, Brandon Winters 7, Gabe Smith 7.
Friday’s game against Seeley-Swan was a barn-burner. Seeley, who is the No. 2 seed in the conference was looking for an upset and came out on fire. But Darby was ready and after trailing by three at the end of the first quarter, the Tigers came back to take a four point lead at the half. The score switched back and forth throughout the second half and the game was tied at 47-all at the end of regulation play. Darby had the lead in the first overtime but a last-second three point shot by Seeley tied the game back up. In the second overtime, both teams fought basket for basket. With .06 seconds remaining, Darby had to inbound the ball. Gabe Smith caught it and launched it. Swish! Time ran out and Darby had won, 63-61.
Darby 63, Seeley-Swan 61 2OT
Darby – Dylan Parks 19, Brandon Winters 6, Nelson Smith, 13, Gabe Smith 19, Tyler Davis 2, Cole Kayser 4.
Seeley-Swan – Owen Mercado 13, Cordell Turner 10, Walker McDonald 5, Dakota Wood 4,Hunter Shelmerdine 7, Chance Johnson 22.
Hamilton lost a nail-biter to Dillon on Saturday, 50-49. The Broncs came out and doubled up the Beavers in the first quarter. But then Dillon went to work in the second quarter and held Hamilton to only seven points. Hamilton could not get the ball to drop through the hoop. Carson Rostad had 17 points to pace Hamilton.
Dillon 50, Hamilton 49
Dillon – Michael Haverfield 6, Justus Peterson 6, Alfred Peterson 2, Dylan Cervelli 8, Braden Anderson 2, Cole Truman 11, Bradley Rakich 10, Jace Fitzgerald 5.
Hamilton – Cam Rothie 3, Carson Rostad 17, Tyler Barnes 2, Hunter Omlid 12, Tanner Goligoski 9, Trey Searle 6.
Corvallis fell to Ronan in overtime on Thursday. The game was close with both sides committing turnovers. Corvallis trailed by three at the half but then Garrett Brown dumped a short jumper in for the lead. Ronan kept the pressure on which Corvallis was able to handle and get the ball across the half court zone. The game was tied at 39 all after three quarters. Corvallis pulled ahead when after Caeson Jessop hit a trey and then Tanner Jessop hit the back end of two free throws. A mixup on the floor resulted in a Corvallis foul and then a technical. Although Corvallis maintained the lead, Ronan began edging closer. Anthony Camel of Ronan hit two free throws to pull Ronan within one point and the next play down the floor, it was Camel that hit the shot for the lead. Ronan tied the game with .05 seconds remaining. Ronan kept after the ball and chipped away while playing tough defense on the Blue Devils. Ronan went on to win, 69-60. Caleb Warnken had 15 points.
“We just couldn’t quite finish,” said Corvallis Coach Zane Warnken. “We took just too many long range shots and without Garrett (Brown) in there to rebound, it hurt.”
Butte Central topped Corvallis, 49-23, at Butte Central. Caleb Warnken had seven points to lead the Blue Devils.
Stevensville lost to Frenchtown, 47-36. Although Stevensville had a strong first quarter, the Broncs held the ‘Jackets to only three points in the second quarter.Logan Roth and Colby Meeds each had 8 points to lead the Yellowjackets.
The Florence Falcons lost to Class A Frenchtown, 63-47. Florence could not make up a 15 point difference in the first quarter. Freshman Beau Neil had 13 points to lead the Falcons.
Victor lost to Philipsburg, 61-56. The second quarter proved to be the difference in the game as the Prospectors outscored the Pirates by seven in that frame.Skyler Webberson had 19 points and Tristin Chavez added15 more for Victor. Victor also lost to Seeley Swan but no further details were given.