“It’s frustrating,” Coach Dan Connelly said of last week’s games against Shelby and Libby. “We played the most complete and worst games of the season.”
In the home contest against Shelby on Tuesday, Jan. 28, Browning faced a team full of tall players, but managed to shut down their offense while scoring almost at will in recording the 67-47 win.
“Shelby was a total team effort on both ends of the court,” the coach said. “We shared the ball, found the open man and had great ball movement. Our defense did a man-to-man and took them out.” The coach credited Riley Spoonhunter and Justin Burd who held Shelby to half their average scoring.
Riley Spoonhunter led the way with 20 points, followed by Blayne DeRoche with 15; Latrell Bullchild nine; Justin Burd seven; Deion Mad Plume, Chris Reevis and Jordan Calf Looking four; and Riley Cromwell and Luke Juneau with two points.
Coach Connelly described the game in Libby as a “grinder game. That’s what they do, and the team that does all the little things…is the one that will win. They just did a better job than us, so it’s back to basics and working harder on the little things. I’d rather lose in the regular season, but it’s our first conference loss.”
Browning tied Libby by the end of the first half, but stayed in single figures in the final two quarters. Riley Spoonhunter led with 15 points, followed by Justin Burd with 13, Latrell Bullchild and Jordan Calf Looking five, Blayne DeRoche four, Chris Reevis and Riley Cromwell three, and Cody Carlson with a point.
This week the Runnin’ Indians have just one contest, on Friday, Feb. 7, in Cut Bank. The JV boys will play at 5 p.m., and the varsity boys will get underway at 8 p.m.