BILLINGS – The Bozeman boys basketball team is back in the State AA finals for the fourth time in the last eight years. They defeated Billings Senior 66-62 last night and it was an exciting game that went punch for punch until the very end.
“It’s awesome, especially against them. I mean (Connor) Kieckbusch is such a great player,” said Bozeman senior Mack Anderson. “We are all friends, I played against him and Slade (Cobb) in AAU, so I know them all pretty well. It’s great playing them anyway, but in a game that big it was just awesome.”
The Hawks celebration is short-lived because they now face a Great Falls CMR team in the title game that has had their number all season long. But that is just extra motivation for Bozeman
“We are really excited for that one. We’re 0-3 against them this season and lost to them in the Divisional championship,” said Anderson. “So it’s definitely a time we can go out and prove ourselves. I don’t think many people thought we’d get this far anyway so I’m excited to go out there and see what we can do.”
Some of the biggest names in Montana basketball history will be paying attention to this game, like CMR alum and current Oklahoma City Thunder forward Josh Huestis. The NBA product has already been texting people, like Bozeman head coach Wes Holmquist, who was a former assistant coach for the Rustlers, this week about the tournament.