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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Wolves move to 10-2 after 2 home victories


January 29, 2020

The Three Forks High School boys basketball team comes together prior to last Friday's 67-42 win over Big Timber. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

Coming off a week with games against high powered Manhattan Christian and Butte Central as well as semester finals, Three Forks High School boys basketball coach Terry Hauser knew last week would be a challenge for his team with three games on the schedule including a long road trip Tuesday to Anaconda. After winning a hard-fought 65-57 road contest Tuesday night against the Copperheads, Hauser decided to give his team a day of rest in anticipation for home battles Friday and Saturday. The rest worked for the squad who built huge first half leads on their way to a 67-42 win over Big Timber and a 74-52 win over Columbus.

Hauser said his team did not have a lot of energy in Anaconda, but they were able to find a way to win.

Three Forks (10-2, 5-1 5B) led by just one going into the fourth quarter but outscored Anaconda 12-5 in the final quarter.

Dustin Dalke led the team in scoring with 22 points, Micaiah Hauser added 14, Zach Pitcher had 11, Owen Long finished with 10 and Austin Allen added eight points.

The Wolves were strong from the get-go Friday against Big Timber scoring the game's first eight points and leading 22-7 at the end of the first quarter and 36-13 at the half.

Hauser was excited with the energy his team showed and felt they played well.

He said he would like to work on a few things defensively and they also had too many turnovers with some of them coming when kids are trying to make a play happen but other times they are of a selfish nature.

"We had over 20 turnovers tonight. One of my goals was to have less than 12. We need to change that," he said.

The Wolves had 10 players score against Big Timber led by Hauser with 19.

Dalke finished with 17, 11 of which came in a dominant third-quarter performance.

Hauser said Dalke is a quiet leader for the team and his teammates follow him.

"He plays hard, and the whole team plays hard. His intensity is up, the whole team's intensity is up. He's a great kid and I love watching him play like that," Hauser said.

Long finished with 10, Pitcher had 6, and Antonio Boggio and Austin Allen both had four. Mayson Shively, Walker Page, and Ayden Warren all finished with two points, and Zane Hansen added one.

Hauser said he was very pleased with the play from the bench.

"The JV kids are playing better and getting good minutes off the bench," he said.

Three Forks had another hot start Saturday and took a 45-25 lead into the break against Columbus.

Long led the way with a season-high 20 points, Hauser finished with 16, and Pitcher and Dalke each had 13. Allen and Boggio each had four, and Zach Butcher and Trentin Nimmick both finished with two points.

The Wolves will remain at home this week with a Friday matchup against Jefferson High School (5-7, 4-3 5B) and a Saturday contest against Whitehall (1-11, 0-6 5B).


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