The best and brightest of Class AA will descend on Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark this weekend for the combined boys and girls state basketball tournament, which tips off Thursday morning.
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.
BUTTE -- Billings West's boys beat Butte 69-67 in double overtime on Monday night and can clinch the Eastern AA title and a spot in the state tournament by winning at Bozeman on Tuesday afternoon.
GREAT FALLS -- The Billings West Golden Bears are all alone in first place in the Eastern AA conference.
Too much Jared Samuelson in the beginning and not enough time at the end added up to a tough loss for Billings Skyview on Tuesday night.
Christian Kappel of West flies into the lane for a score during the second half against Skyview on Tuesday.
Billings West set an aggressive tone in the second half Saturday night, one that clearly conveyed the notion: “Not this time.”
Danny Betcher knows how to celebrate a birthday.
Christian Kappel scored a career-high 19 points to lead three Billings West players in double figures Friday night in a 72-60 Eastern AA boys basketball win over Great Falls CMR.
Kendal Manuel of Skyview pushes the ball up the floor past Christian Kappel of West during the second half Tuesday.
Kendal Manuel of Skyview pushes the ball up the floor past Christian Kappel of West during the second half of a game on Jan. 14.
Kendal Manuel of Skyview pressures Christian Kappel of West during the first half of play Tuesday.
Billings West faced two challenges on Saturday. One from the previously unbeaten Bozeman Hawks, and one from their coach.
Jared Samuelson scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help Billings West overcome a halftime deficit to beat Bozeman 73-60.
The Billings West gym went pitch black for a few minutes at halftime Thursday night as the “High Voltage” dance team did part of its performance in the dark.
On Thursday they knocked off one Class AA contender, and on Saturday they took down another.
Junior guard Jared Samuelson scored 21 points -- including three 3-pointers -- and Billings West rode a hot start to a 63-39 boys basketball victory over visiting Casper (Wyo.) Natrona on Friday night.
The most incredible shot of the day didn’t even count.
Billings West coach Doug Robison likes what he sees on his roster. He’s just not sure exactly what it is yet.