2S Plenty Coups - 51
1N Chinook - 67
The Sugarbeeters in their first state tournament since 1986 didn’t wait to make up for lost time. Just before the end of the first quarter Isaac Bell went glass for a buzzer beater to put Chinook on top 15-8 after one. From there, the Beeters continued their onslaught, going up 35-15 at halftime, en route to a 67-51 win over the Warriors. The lone bright spot for Plenty Coups was the play of Julian Glenn, who went 8-12 shooting for a game-high 21 points. Chinook moves on to the semis to face Arlee on Friday at 6:30.
1E Scobey - 57
2W Arlee - 63
The two-time reigning champs in Class C boys, the Arlee Warriors, certainly looked the part in the opening minutes with Scobey, but the Spartans didn’t let that last long, taking the lead in the final seconds of the first with a Brayden Cromwell putback bucket to put them up 13-11. Scobey led the majority of the second quarter until an Isaac Fisher dunk in the final seconds put the Warriors on top 29-27 at the half. The Warriors came out hot after that, though, opening the third quarter on a 12-0 run to take an eight point lead after three. In the fourth, the Warriors lead ballooned to 14 before Scobey put together a run to make it a 5 point game late, but Arlee managed to hang on just long enough to pull out the 63-57 win. The Warriors will face Chinook on Friday at 6:30 for a spot in Saturday’s state championship as they eye a three-peat.
1W Manhattan Christian - 54
2E Fairview - 48
If the rest of the field is David, Manhattan Christian came into the Class C tournament as Goliath. The unbeaten Eagles came into Billings with one of the state’s best offenses, boasting future Montana State Bobcat Caleb Bellach. That said, in the first half it was all about Sam Leep. The 5‘10” junior singlehandedly kept Manhattan Christian in it as he scored 20 of their 27 first-half points to give them a 27-24 lead. In the second half, the Eagles piled up a double-digit lead before Fairview charged back to tie it at 43. That’s when Bellach scored on three straight possessions, ending with a dunk that brought the house down, as Manhattan Christian will move on to the semifinals to face Melstone on Friday at 8:00.
1S Melstone - 78
2N Hays-Lodgepole - 55
Melstone was a team many expected to make some noise at the State C last year. That was, until they were eliminated from title contention in the first round on a prayer buzzer beater by Scobey. Tonight the Broncs made sure it wouldn’t come to that, running past Hays-Lodgepole in the opening half, opening a 22 point lead at halftime to secure their spot in the semifinals on Friday. Melstone advances to the semifinals to face Manhattan Christian on Friday at 8:00. The Eagles are the only team to beat them this season.
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