The Sunburst boys basketball team defeated the Valier Panthers 64-47, but lost to the Heart Butte Warriors 72-41 last week.

This past week the Refiners played Valier on Tuesday. Sunburst came out of the locker room and took a 17-15 first quarter lead behind Connor Sullivan’s nine points. In the second quarter Sunburst stopped playing defense a little bit and allowed Valier to climb back in with their perimeter shooting. In the second half the Refiners came out and locked down a little better defensively and Conlan Kerfoot came alive scoring 18 of his game high 24 in the second half. Sunburst took a 10 point lead into the fourth quarter and never looked back, defeating the Panthers 64-47.

Scoring for Sunburst was Conlan Kerfoot 24, Connor Sullivan 22, John Buckley 10, Ian Benjamin six, and Virgil Manthey two.

On Friday Sunburst traveled to Heart Butte to take on the undefeated Warriors. After playing possibly their best quarter of the year, Sunburst led 16-15 after one. Unfortunately, the Warriors’ defense clamped down and their offense gained steam as they outscored the Refines 24-6 in the second quarter. Heart Butte continued to build their lead and closed out the game winning 72-41.

Scoring for the Refiners was Sullivan 15, Kerfoot 13, Buckley eight, Manthey three, and Michael Miller two. 

“It was good to find a win on Tuesday,” Coach Nate Aschim said. “Our guys really worked on their game over Christmas and I thought our offense was greatly improved. We definitely could’ve played better on the defensive end, but a lot of it were mistakes that can be fixed. That’s on us as a coaching staff to improve on. Friday, we competed extremely hard and handled their full court press as well as we could have hoped. Heart Butte is a good team and I think we learned a lot about how we need to continue to improve if we can ever hope to be at that high of a level. But I was extremely proud of the guys and once again, they worked their tails off. What more could a coach ask for?”

The Refiners will host Simms on Thursday, with games starting at 5 p.m., and will travel to Power on Friday, with games starting at 6 p.m.

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