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Butte High boys top Helena in OT; Butte Central downs Livingston

Posted at 10:37 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 11:38:07-05

BUTTE — Jake Olson made the most of his Senior Night game.

The 6-foot-8 post scored a team-high 21 points and fellow senior Billy Kelly added 16 as the Butte High boys basketball team overcame an early double-digit deficit to fend off winless Helena High in overtime 59-50 on Tuesday in a Western AA game at Ross J. Richardson Gym.

The Bulldogs improved to 6-4 while dropping Helena to 0-10 and earning the regular-season sweep over the Bengals.

The Bengals lept out to a 14-3 lead with 1:30 remaining in the first quarter. Butte battled back to trail 23-21 at halftime and went on to force an extra session where it outscored Helena 14-5.

The Bengals were led by a game-high 22 points from junior Kaden Huot and 11 from Burgin Luker.

The Bulldogs now head to Missoula Hellgate on Friday.

BUTTE CENTRAL 58, LIVINGSTON 42

The defending Class A co-champions are peaking as postseason play looms.

Dougie Peoples racked up a game-high 20 points and Bryson Sestrich added 19 as the Maroons pulled past Livingston for a 58-42 non-conference win to extend their win streak to four.

Central, which fell to 1-4 in the Southwest A after a loss to Dillon earlier in the month, has claimed victories in all four of its games over the past week. The Maroons are now 8-5 overall and 4-4 in conference play.

The Maroons host Hamilton on Friday and they head to Frenchtown on Saturday for their final regular-season game.