The Cut Bank Boys Basketball team headed into the Christmas break with a weekend split in their games against Fairfield and Conrad.
Friday, Dec. 20, the Wolves were on the road to face the Eagles of Fairfield. The solid defense of the Eagles caused numerous turnovers in the game leading to easy buckets. “They just flat got after us and we didn’t do a very good job of taking care of the basketball,” said coach Josh Larson.
Fifteen first half turnovers would lead to the Wolves trailing 36-14 at the half.
The second half would see more of the same for Cut Bank. The inability to handle Fairfield’s pressure would help the Eagles pull away with a 73-34 victory.
“We are playing hard. If we continue to play hard and learn to take care of the basketball, I think we will be fine,” stated Larson.
The Wolves were led in scoring by Devin Gobert with 24. Rounding out the scoring were Chevy Burdeau 5, Dawson Vasboe 3, and Coalter Littrell and Dayne Barbie each with 1. Cody Racki and Dayne Barbie were the leading rebounders for the Wolves.
Saturday the Wolves looked to rebound as they travelled to Conrad. Cut Bank’s goal was to be the aggressors in this game and they came out ready to play.
“We wanted to be aggressive and really try to get after them defensively. Gobert, Vasboe, Racki, and Littrell did a great job of setting the tone early. We were able to cause some turnovers and hurry them up a bit,” said Larson.
Seniors Gobert and Hayden Harrell shot the ball extremely well and the Wolves led 29-28 at the half.
The second half would see the Cut Bank post players take over. “We talked a lot at the halftime break about getting our big guys involved. I felt we had an edge down low if we crashed the boards hard and were patient on offense,” said Larson.
The Wolves did exactly that behind the huge rebounding efforts of Barbie, Racki, and Littrell. “Those three were great on the boards in this game. They gave us numerous second chances and we were able to take advantage of those,” said Larson.
Harrell and Gobert continued their hot shooting and the Wolves would pull out a 71-50 win. “I’m really proud of the way we bounced back against Conrad. This win gets us to 1-1 in the District 1B and we are right back in the mix,” concluded Larson.
Gobert had another big night for the Wolves with 27 points. Rounding out the scoring were Harrell 24, Barbie 8, Littrell 6, Vasboe 5, and Racki 1.
The Wolves resume action Jan. 3 when they travel to Rocky Boy.