BELGRADE – Last weekend, Belgrade placed second in the Eastern A divisional tournament in Billings, punching their ticket to the Class A boys state tournament this weekend in Bozeman.
The Panthers lost to Hardin in the divisional championship game, but will rely on that experience Thursday against Browning.
“Basketball is basketball, and it doesn’t matter the style of play,” Belgrade head coach Mike Deming said. “We’re going to play our style, they’re going to try and play their style, and it really comes down to who can control the tempo.”
Pace and tempo seem to be points of emphasis for the Panthers.
“They all play amazing basketball,” senior forward Austin Edwards said. “Fast-paced, which we love to play. We’re a real athletic team, they’re a real athletic team, but we’re going to give it our best and hopefully punch a (win) for us (Thursday).”
“They both play fast-paced games and want to get up and down the court,” star senior and future Montana Western Bulldog Dawson Fowler said of the similarities between Browning and Hardin. “If we just control our tempo and do what we know how to do, I think we should be in good shape.”