The Glasgow junior high boys opened their basketball season traveling to the Plentywood Jamboree on Saturday, January 11.
These boys were excited to finally have their season under way. On the roster of the eighth grade team are: Alex Fransen, Bryce Legare, Ethan Hartsock, Kevin McDonald, Justice Meland, Tanner Overby, Kyle Ross, Justin Walton, and Darrin Wersal. They are coached by Sam Brelje.
The seventh grade boys have a high turnout this year and are split into 2 teams. Glasgow Red has Jordan Billingsley, Dillon Godwin, Tayson Hoerster, Taylor Johnson, Merlin McKean, Ben Miller, and Cade Myrick. Playing on the Glasgow White are Kadin Chatten, Brett Glaser, Jaden Hughes, Kendal Liebelt, Ellis McKean, Blaine Myrick, and Colton Pewitt. They are coached by Nate Doornek.
All players had first game rust and jitters. In their opening match, the eighth graders lost to a tall Poplar team, 40-12. Scoring for the Scotties were Kyle Ross with 5 points, Justice Meland 2, Alex Fransen 2, Kevin McDonald 2, and Darrin Wersal with one free throw.
They next played a quick and competitive Plentywood team. Turnovers seemed to be an issue for the Scotties as they lost to the Wild Cats, 43-19. Point guard Bryce Legare was the high scorer with 12 points, followed by Kyle Ross 3, Darrin Wersal 2, and Alex Fransen 2.
Coach Brelje said that the boys worked hard during games and practices and showed potential. The players will be working on sharpening their shooting skills this week.
The seventh grade Glasgow Red got over their nerves and beat Scobey Gold in the opener, winning 25-14. High scorer was point guard Cade Myrick with 17 points from six field goals, one 3-pointer, and two free throws, followed by six points from Ben Miller and two from Tayson Hoerster, both post players.
In the Red’s second game, they had a solid win over Poplar, 36-20. Cade Myrick was again the high scorer with 21 points. Ben Miller contributed 13 points from the paint and Tayson Hoerster, 2.
The seventh grade White didn’t fare as well. They played against a tough Wolf Point team twice and lost both games, 33-18 and 25-20. In the first matchup, Brett Glaser scored 6 points from the post, Ellis McKean and Blaine Myrick each had 4 points, and a field goal from Colton Pewitt and Kadin Chatten rounded the scoring contribution.
In the second game, the White picked up the intensity by grabbing more rebounds and quickening their offensive pace. They tied the game with Wolf Point at 20 apiece after Kendal Liebelt scored his first field goal with about 3 minutes to go.
However, turnovers plagued the Glasgow White who failed to score again. Blaine Myrick scored 10 points, Brett Glaser 4, Ellis McKean 2, Jaden Hughes 2, and Kendal Liebelt 2.
The next junior high boys’ jamboree will be at the Glasgow High School this Saturday. Come and cheer on these future Scotties!