BUTTE — The Southwestern A district tournament could have gone better for Butte Central’s boys basketball team. The Maroons lost a late lead in the championship game to the undefeated Hamilton Broncs, a game that was played on the Broncs’ home floor.

Missed free throws doomed Central, but head coach Brodie Kelly was pleased with the overall results from the weekend.

“(We) just made a lot of tough plays,” he said. “(We) played good defense, kind of found some good rhythm offensively.”

Kelly says playing with Hamilton on its floor was a big confidence-builder for his team heading into the divisional tournament. But, not only are the Maroons confident, they will now be the home team when the best teams in the Western A meet at the Butte Civic Center on Thursday.

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“It’s always good playing at home,” said forward Cade Holter. “I just think playing in front of Butte people just gets you amped up. It’s a good community. We know people will be behind us.”

The Maroons will need a good crowd behind them, as they open up the tournament against a tough Browning squad. The Western A divisional tournament starts Thursday morning.

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