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Northern B boys: Poplar, Rocky Boy advance to final

Posted at 11:27 PM, Mar 01, 2019

SHELBY — Rocky Boy and Poplar will meet in the Northern B boys basketball divisional championship game on Saturday evening after the Northern Stars and Wolves defeated Wolf Point and Fairfield, respectively, in Friday’s semifinals.

Frankie Bacon scored a team-high 22 points for Rocky Boy in a 65-61 victory over the Wolves. Bacon had 12 points at halftime as the Northern Stars opened a 28-24 lead. He added eight more points in the third quarter as Rocky Boy’s lead ballooned to nine, but Wolf Point added some excitement in the final stanza.

Joseph Williamson had a game-high 25 points and Logan Heser added 20 for the Wolves, who scored 26 points in the fourth quarter. Williamson hit three 3-pointers and had 11 points in the final eight minutes, bringing the Wolves back to within single digits.

Heser also had 11 in the fourth, but Rocky Boy scored just enough at the free throw line, a 6-of-14 performance, to hold off the comeback.

Wolf Point falls to loser-out action against Shelby at 9:30 a.m. after the host Coyotes defeated Glasgow 73-63 in an afternoon loser-out contest.

Rocky Boy will tip off against Poplar in Saturday’s championship, which is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Poplar 70, Fairfield 68, OT

Darryl Joe scored off of an offensive rebound as time expired to lift Poplar past Fairfield 70-68 in overtime on Friday night in the Northern B boys basketball divisional semifinals.

Joe scored 16 points in the game, but the biggest two came in the final seconds after the Indians forced overtime. Fairfield led 52-51 after the third quarter, but Joe and Kenny Smoker each scored four points in the final eight minutes to force the extra minutes.

Poplar’s Jay Feueherm had a team-high 22 points on four 3-pointers, three in the opening quarter. The Indians made nine 3-pointers in the contest, but struggled to 1-of-7 shooting at the free throw line.

Dawson Allen scored a game-high 25 points for the Eagles, which fall to loser-out action against rival Choteau on Saturday at 11 a.m. Allen hit 11 field goals but didn’t score in the fourth quarter. He added a pair of free throws in overtime.

Keeley Bake chipped in with 19 points and Derek Simmons added 11 in the loss.