BILLINGS — The State C boys basketball tournament tipped off early Wednesday afternoon with Scobey and Manhattan Christian advancing to the semifinals.
Check out the photo gallery of the first round here.
(1E) Scobey 66, (2S) Broadus 27
After a bitter ending to last year's Class C state tournament, the Scobey Spartans were on a mission to make a statement in the first round.
The reigning Class C co-champions took the lead early Wednesday, jumping out front 18-10 after one quarter of play and never looked back, cruising to a 66-27 win over Broadus.
At the half, the Spartans boasted a comfortable 15-point lead, 36-21, while shooting 57% from the field.
They built on their momentum in the third, outscoring Broadus 25-2 and ultimately coasting to the win.
Scobey had three players finish with a team-high 17 points: Aidan Fishell, Parker Cromwell and Caden Handran. Handran also recorded 11 rebounds in Wednesday's contest.
Broadus' Marcus Mader led the Hawks with 15 points.
Scobey will play in the semifinals Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. against Manhattan Christian.
(1W) Manhattan Christian 47, (2N) Belt 33
An improved second-half offense for Manhattan Christian lifted the Eagles to a 14-point victory over Belt in the first round of the State C tournament, 47-33.
The Eagles held just a one-point edge at the half, 16-15, after shooting 37% from the field. They slowly pulled away in the second half, improving their field goal percentage to 58%.
The Eagles' Willem Kimm recorded a double-double Wednesday afternoon, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tebarek Hill led Manhattan Christian with 15 points.
Belt also featured a pair of double-digit performances: Bridger Vogl (12 points) and Kaimen Evans (13). Evans was only one rebound away from recording a double-double.
Manhattan Christian will play in the semifinals Friday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. against Scobey.