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Strong 2nd half propels Bozeman boys past Butte

Posted at 9:46 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 14:16:42-05

BOZEMAN – The Bozeman boys basketball team outscored rival Butte 47-11 in the second half during Tuesday night’s game to defeat the Bulldogs, 78-39, at home.

Although the Bulldogs sit at the bottom of the Eastern AA standings, they gave the Hawks a fight. Bozeman held only a one-point lead after the first quarter, relinquished it in the second for a few possessions and then headed into the locker room up only 31-28.

But Bozeman snapped out of it in the second half without one of its star players on the floor. Ryan Simpson left the game in the second quarter after landing hard on the floor after going up for a contested lay-up in transition. Simspon did not return in the game, as he suffered an injury to his left wrist.

But others stepped up to fill the void, as Carter Ash led the way for the Hawks. The junior scored a team-high 22 points. His teammate Ryan Lonergan added a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Danny McCloskey paced the Bulldogs with 16 points of his own, while also adding seven boards.