Scottie Boys Claim Second at Districts
Divisional Tournament Weeks Away
With a spot at divisionals already secured, the Scottie boys set their sights on making it to the championship game during the district tournament held in Malta Feb. 16-18.
To get there, the boys had to defeat Poplar, and the Indians weren't going down without a fight. In a true barn-burner, the Scotties came away with the win, 47-46.
The Scotties started off strong, out-scoring the Indians 14-8 in the first quarter. Poplar gathered themselves and closed the gap before the half. As the teams hit the locker rooms, the score sat at 25-20 in favor of the Scotties.
With renewed energy, the Indians returned to the court and dominated the third quarter, scoring 15 points to the Scotties' eight.
The crowd suffered some definite anxiety in the final quarter, with several lead changes and turnovers compromising the game for both sides. With just seconds left on the clock and Poplar leading by one, Glasgow gained possession of the ball under their own basket. Off the inbound, the Scotties got the ball to Cade Myrick, who drove to the basket but couldn't complete the layup. Bryce Legare, who was in the right place at the right time, popped in the put-back for the game-winning shot. The win advanced the Scotties to the championship game against Malta on Saturday night.
Senior Trent Herbert led the team with his 19 points, followed by Myrick with 17. Myrick also grabbed 11 off the boards to lead the team in rebounds and to earn a double-double in the game.
Despite some previous success in stifling Malta's offense, the Scotties could not defend against them during the final game of the tournament. To earn the top spot, Malta defeated the Scotties 69-27.
Nate Costin was a thorn in Glasgow's side as he scored 21 game points to lead his team to the win.
For Glasgow, it was less spectacular, as the top scorers, Tyler Hersom and Legare, led with six points each.
The Scotties became more frustrated as the game progressed, and they gassed out in energy and confidence. In comparison to the raucous crowd present at their previous game, the Scottie fan response was tepid and waned as the game got away from the boys. Although the loss was disappointing, it was a great tournament for the Scotties as they earned their second-place finish with a lot of hard work. They will match up against the Shelby Coyotes in their first game at the Northern B Divisional Tournament in Cut Bank March 2-4. They will take on the Coyotes on Thursday, Mar. 2 with game time scheduled for 2:30 p.m.