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State C boys: Fort Benton, Twin Bridges to meet in consolation game

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Posted at 6:33 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 01:23:03-04

MISSOULA -- The Fort Benton and Twin Bridges boys survived loser-out games on Friday afternoon at Dahlberg Arena, advancing to Saturday afternoon's consolation game for the third-place trophy.

Twin Bridges 67, Manhattan Christian 53

In a game where no spot on the floor seemed safe from a field goal attempt, the Twin Bridges Falcons pulled away from defending State C champion Manhattan Christian to advance to the Class C consolation game.

Matthew Kaiser had an incredible stat line of 19 points and 21 rebounds, while Charlie Kruer had a game-high 21 points. Jakes Hughes was 3-for-4 shooting from beyond the 3-point line, scoring 15 of his own points in the 14-point win.

The Falcons shot 53 percent from the field, while limiting the Eagles to only 30 percent.

Caidin Hill led Manhattan Christian with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Fort Benton 47, Belt 37

Garett Diekhans provided another double-double, Hayden Diekhans added another team-high in scoring, and Fort Benton kept its state trophy aspirations alive with a 47-37 win over Northern C rival Belt on Friday afternoon at Dahlberg Arena.

Hayden Diekhans poured in 19 points to go with seven rebounds and five steals, while Garett also added a pair of steals and a block in the win.

Neither offense found much rhythm as the teams combined to make only 27 field goals -- Fort Benton going 15 for 35, Belt 12 for 38. The teams shot 42 free throws, with Longhorns making 16 and the Huskies 11.

Kaimen Evans had 15 for Belt, which also got 14 points from Aidan McDaniel in the loss.

Fort Benton will play for the State C third-place trophy against Twin Bridges. That consolation game is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.