Summer league basketball has taken on a life of its own for high school athletes and coaches in Montana. Not many days go by without a tournament, shoot-around or open gym for players hoping to make their impact the following basketball season.
BOZEMAN -- Junior guard Jared Samuelson poured in 27 points and Billings West hit the jackpot on Tuesday, holding off Bozeman 60-59 in boys basketball and securing the Eastern AA title and automatic berth to state.
A 15-point third-quarter lead dwindled to three halfway through the fourth quarter, but Billings Skyview showed its mettle in crunch time.
Billings West faced two challenges on Saturday. One from the previously unbeaten Bozeman Hawks, and one from their coach.
Bozeman has undeniably been the most impressive boys basketball team in the state thus far. The Hawks (4-0) are the only undefeated team left in Class AA and own signature wins over Helena High and Helena Capital.