HELENA — The Helena Capital Bruins and the Helena High Bengals racked up a combined 41 fouls in Saturday’s crosstown boys basketball game, but it was Capital which played a little better, notching its seventh conference win by a score of 47-42.
Despite three double-digit Bengal scorers, the Bruins were able to secure the Senior Night victory on the back of senior Brady Martin, who put up 16 of Capital’s 24 first-half points. Martin finished with a game-high 23 points.
Following the game, Capital head coach Guy Almquist said he was proud of his team’s ability to rally back from a poor start to the season.
“That was a perfect win: Our seniors led us on Senior Night, a crosstown victory to get us a (Western AA) third seed after starting 0-3, coming back and getting a third seed is fantastic,” said Almquist. “I love that we showed some grit at the end, and sometimes this year we haven’t done that.”
The Bruins and Bengals will now look to the Western AA divisional tournament in Kalispell starting Feb. 28 and ending March 2.