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District 10C: Simms boys need overtime to stay undefeated, Heart Butte tops Sunburst

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Posted at 9:38 PM, Feb 19, 2021

SIMMS — The Simms Tigers didn’t lead for a second of regulation but managed to come from behind in dramatic fashion to defeated Dutton-Brady 59-57 in overtime in the semifinal round of the District 10C boys basketball tournament.

The Tigers (16-0) remain undefeated on the season and will play Heart Butte for a District 10C championship on Saturday.

Dutton-Brady held a lead for the entirety of the first 32 minutes of the game, and led by four points with less than 30 seconds left.

Simms' Carter McDowell scored on a drive to the basket to cut the lead to 54-52. Kyler Smerker stole the inbounds pass, and the Diamondbacks deflected a shot out of bounds.

Dallin Nelson scored the gam- tying basket on an acrobatic drive and layup to force overtime. Simms scored the first four points of the extra frame and answered every Dutton-Brady basket for the win.

Dutton-Brady’s Jake Feldmann led all scorers with 22 points, but his potential game winner drew iron as time expired.

McDowell led the Tigers with 15 points, Kaidin Thibert had 14, Caden Smerker scored 13 and Nelson added 10.

HEART BUTTE 57, SUNBURST 30

The Heart Butte Warriors ran away from Sunburst for a 57-30 win to punch a ticket to the Northern C divisional tournament and advance to the District 10C title game.

Thomas Young Running Crane led all scorers with 18 points, while Jordan Calf Looking added 10. Josh Kerns scored 11 for the Refiners in a losing effort.