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Missoula Sentinel boys coming alive ahead of tough matchup with Hellgate

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jan 18, 2019

MISSOULA — Missoula Sentinel is currently riding a three-game winning streak after its dominant 82-39 boys basketball win over crosstown rival Big Sky on Thursday.

Sophomore transfer Tony Frohlich-Fair had a career-high 19 points to help lead the Spartans to the win, but they will have a tougher test Saturday as they face up against another crosstown rival in Hellgate.

“I think that as a team we need to keep up or intensity,” said Frohlich-Fair. “I would say that’s the main thing that got us to that position (Thursday), is because we just had all the intensity and came out on defense really well. If we do that against Hellgate I think it should be a really competitive game.”

“We have played a lot better these last few games, but now we’re playing a whole other kind of caliber type of team,” said Sentinel head coach Jay Jagelski. “Hellgate’s going to really challenge us from a physical standpoint, a skills standpoint, so we’re really going to need to have the same type of performance from (Thursday) in order to compete with them.”

The Spartans come into the matchup at 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the Western AA, while the Hellgate Knights come in atop the conference at 7-1 overall and 3-0 in league play. Saturday’s tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at Sentinel.