The Cut Bank boys basketball team moved its season record to 2-3 over the weekend with a 45-29 loss to the Shelby Coyotes and a 52-38 win over the Great Falls Central Mustangs.
Friday, Jan. 15, the Wolves played host to the top ranked Shelby Coyotes. The Coyotes’ length behind 6’9” junior Rhett Reynolds caused some havoc early as the Wolves were only able to score three first quarter points.
“Their length caused us some problems early. They challenge every shot and g0t their hands on a lot of passes in the first quarter. I think we did a good job of staying patient the rest of the game,” said coach Josh Larson. Peyton St. Goddard, a 6’1” sophomore, gave the Wolves a second quarter spark. After two offensive putbacks by St. Goddard, the Wolves trailed 21-12 at the half.
The Wolves continued to work extremely hard on the defensive end in the second half, holding the Coyotes well below their season average. “I was really pleased with how we played on the defensive end. I thought we came out and played hard. If you would have told me before the game that we were only going to allow 45 points, I would have definitely taken that,” said Larson.
Eventually, the length of the Coyotes took over. Multiple offensive rebounds mixed with a handful of blocked shots led Shelby to a 45-29 victory. “We obviously need to find a way to score more than 29 points. Having said that, I’m proud of the energy we played with,” said Larson.
St. Goddard led the Wolves in scoring with 10 points. Following him were Robert Reagan 8, Tate Monroe 3, Tayron Burdeau 2, Dayne Barbie 2, Will Sewell 2, Dawson Vasboe 1, and Chevy Burdeau 1.
Saturday, Jan. 16, the Wolves traveled to Great Falls for a conference matchup against the Mustangs. Quick starts by Barbie and Tayron Burdeau helped the Wolves out to an early lead. The Mustangs got hot from 3-point range and held a 23-21 lead at the half. “We didn’t do a very good job at all of locating their shooters. They had eight made shots in the half and six of them were 3-point field goals. That can’t happen,” stated Larson.
Cut Bank fixed that in the second half doing a much better job defensively. The Wolves held the Mustangs to just three fourth quarter points en route to a 52-38 victory. “We did a really good job of closing out this game. Big shots by Reagan and Monroe mixed with shooting 11-15 from the foul line in the fourth quarter helped us close this out,” concluded Larson.
Burdeau led the Wolves scoring attack with 12 points. Reagan and Barbie each added 8. Rounding out the scoring was Sewell 6, Monroe 6, Vasboe 4, and St. Goddard 4.
Cut Bank continues its conference season Friday at home against Fairfield and on the road Saturday against Conrad.
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