The Cut Bank Wolves wrapped up their 2019-20 regular season with a 60-50 loss to Shelby and a 65-58 win against Great Falls Central at home last weekend. Cut Bank begins post-season play this Thursday when they open against the Rocky Boy Northern Stars. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. at the Willie DeGroot Gymnasium here in Cut Bank.
On Friday night the Wolves looked to slow down the much bigger Shelby Coyotes. Cut Bank did a good job in the first half on the defensive end. “We put a really big focus on trying to contain Reynolds and Leck. We were able to hold them to six points combined in the first half and that’s a big reason that we were able to stay in the game,” stated coach Josh Larson. Cut Bank led the Coyotes 21-19 at the half.
Shelby came out of the locker room hot and was able to make numerous shots from the outside. “We didn’t do as well of a job in the third quarter finding shooters. We gave up some open looks and it got us into a little hole heading into the fourth quarter,” said Larson.
With Cut Bank trailing 44-32, the Wolves went on a run of their own behind senior guards Justin Crowe, Devin Gobert, and Hayden Harrell.
“We did a great job of battling back. We cut the lead to five late, but they hit some big shots down the stretch,” recapped Larson. Shelby won the contest 60-50.
Scoring for the Wolves were Gobert 21, Harrell 10, Crowe 5, Cody Racki 5, Dayne Barbie 4, and Dawson Vasboe 3.
Saturday the Wolves played host to the Great Falls Central Mustangs. Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. Numerous turnovers hurt both teams and Cut Bank held a slim 19-17 halftime edge.
The Wolves came out of the locker room much more aggressive and did a much better job rebounding the basketball. “Dayne Barbie had a monster game down low. He did a great job of getting us extra possessions in the second half,” said Larson.
The game remained close the whole game, but Cut Bank made 14-of-14 free throws in the fourth quarter to win 65-58. “It wasn’t pretty, but I’m proud of the way we grinded it out. We made some mistakes down the stretch, but we finished the game 22-of-24 from the free-throw line to get the win,” said Larson.
Gobert led the scoring effort with 25 points. Rounding out the scoring were Harrell 12, Crowe 8, Littrell 6, Barbie 6, Vasboe 5, and Racki with 3.