Three Forks earns trip to finals, play Colstrip Saturday night
February 27, 2019
The Three Forks High School boys basketball team is one win away from a second consecutive Southern B Divisional Tournament title.
The Wolves defeated Huntley Project 57-48 Friday night and will move on to the finals Saturday at 8 p.m. against undefeated Colstrip. The Colts advanced to the finals with a 66-44 win Friday over previously undefeated Big Timber. The game is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Metra Park Arena in Billings.
Micaiah Hauser led the team in scoring with 16, Corey Yecny added 11, Colter Miller and Zach Pitcher both had nine, Bryce Olson had seven and Dustin Dalke added five points. The win also qualifies the team for state next week in Belgrade.
"It feels great," head coach Terry Hauser said moments after the game. "Anytime you can get to the finals in a tournament especially at divisionals where there are four of the top six teams in the state. To get there is amazing."
The Red Devils would score the first four points of the game before a Hauser three put the Wolves on the board and cut the lead to 4-3 It was the first of four three pointers to start the game from Three Forks. Dalke would answer with a three of his own to give Three Forks their first lead of the game 6-4. Olson would hit the third consecutive three for the Wolves to push the lead to 9-4. After Huntley matched with a three of their own, Hauser connected on another trey to give Three Forks a 12-7 lead. After four points from the Devils, Dalke scored the first two-point basket for Three Forks to put them up 14-11. Both teams would add to before the end of the first including a basket by Olson to give the Wolves a 16-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Hauser would score the first five points of the second quarter including another three pointer that Three Forks their biggest lead of the game 21-13. The Project would score the next four points before a Yecny basket to up the score to 23-17. The Wolves leading scorer Colter Miller would score his first points of the game with 4:17 left in the half when his free throw made it a 24-17 game. The Devils would score the next six to cut the lead to 24-23 before Miller hit his first field goal of the half to move the lead back to three. Pitcher would put an exclamation point on the half for Three Forks when he drained a three with two seconds left in the half to give the Wolves a 29-23 halftime lead.
Hauser scored the first Wolves points of the third quarter with his fourth three pointer of the game. Yecny would follow with a basket to give three Forks their biggest lead all night 34-25. Minutes later Pitcher would connect on another three to give the Wolves a double digit lead 39-29.
Three Forks would lead 43-33 at the end of three.
A Yecny basket and free throw would set an early tone in the fourth and increase the lead to 13.
The Red Devils were however not done and scored six straight before two Yecny free throws.