Sunburst’s Stanley Jarvis squeezes through a trio of Belt defenders during opening round action at the Northern C Divisional in Great Falls.

The Sunburst Refiners’ hoop season ended last week. Sunburst traveled to the Northern “C” Divisional Tournament in Great Falls and lost out in two games. The Refiners fell to Belt, 54-27, and to Centerville, 49-35. 

Although the week went poorly as far as our results, Coach Nate Aschim stated, “I think our guys got some valuable experience and enjoyed getting to compete against some of the best competition in the area.”

Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Refiners opened the tournament against Belt. The Huskies came out ready to go and jumped out early on the Refiners, holding a 22-1 first quarter lead. Sunburst found their mark in the second stanza, scoring 12 points, but the game was never close. 

Scoring for the Refiners were, Josh Kearns 12, Cade Hanson and Jaden Koon with five each, Grady Kerfoot added three and Stanley Jarvis rounded out the scoring with two points.

 “I was happy that our guys continued to compete despite a lopsided score,” said Aschim.

Thursday morning the Refiners took on the Centerville Miners in a loser out contest. This was the third meeting of these two teams, so the Refiners knew what to expect. Sunburst took an early lead and was up 14-11 at the end of the first quarter. The Miners took a 26-23 lead at the half.

 Centerville kept the momentum after the half and went on to claim the victory 49-36. 

Scoring for Sunburst were, Kearns eight, Jarvis and Hanson seven each, Connor Sullivan six, Koon five, Wyatt Manthey and Conlan Kerfoot one each.

 “Unfortunately, we didn’t have the best of luck shooting the ball,” said Aschim.

 “That loss ended our season. As always, it was emotional for the season to come to the end. Thankfully we didn’t have to say good-bye to any seniors and we have everyone coming back next year. But that doesn’t make the season ending any easier,” stated Aschim.

“You get so used to seeing these guys every day and going through so much together, then it just ends. That makes it tough. I love these guys,” he concluded.

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