GREAT FALLS -- For every move Laurel made, Columbia Falls had an answer. And the Wildcats kept the Locomotives out of another state championship game.
GREAT FALLS — There were no bricks, no airballs, and no doubts. Laurel rediscovered its shooting touch at the State A boys basketball tournament and cruised into the semifinals for the fifth straight year.
The drama of last Saturday’s Eastern A championship basketball game between Laurel and Miles City is history. Now the teams have turned their attention to the state tournament, which begins Thursday in Great Falls.
Laurel didn't make a field goal in nine minutes of play, but rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Miles City 39-38 in the boys basketball Eastern A championship.
Laurel’s Eastern A coronation was on hold for 32 tense minutes Saturday night as an unlikely championship scenario played out.
Timmy Regan was the first option. Brac Warren was the best option.
Zac Allen scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Laurel past Sidney 50-35 in an Eastern A boys basketball semifinal game.
Laurel made it look easy against Sidney on Friday at the Eastern A basketball tournament. In what has become a postseason custom, the Locomotives are again in position to win the division title.
LAUREL — In the basketball program for Senior Night, Laurel’s Seth Kraft is listed as 4 feet, 1½ inches tall.
LAUREL — Daniel Nyiang never explicitly saw war, though it surrounded him. During his early life, civil unrest encompassed Nyiang’s birth city of Wau in South Sudan.
Doug Robison of Billings West has advanced to the final round of voting in a USA Today contest to determine the best high school boys basketball coach in the country.
Evan Jones scored 26 points, including 17 in the first half, to lead No. 3-ranked Laurel to a 59-36 victory over rival Billings Central on Thursday at the Locomotives' gym.
LAUREL — Evan Jones tells it straight. Beating Billings Central in the Eastern A divisional tournament — when it matters most — would be far sweeter for Laurel than doing it in January.
Doug Robison of Billings West and Pat Hansen of Laurel are among six finalists in a USA Today contest in which fans vote for Montana's best high school boys basketball coach.
Laurel's Daniel Nyiang scored 17 points and helped Laurel to a 73-55 win over Miles City. The Locomotives are now 3-0 in the Eastern A.
LAUREL -- Evan Jones, Daniel Nyiang and their Laurel teammates finished what they started Tuesday night.
Montana high school basketball in December is always an interesting ride. Some teams come out of the gate firing, confirming or building their fans’ expectations. Others stumble before the holiday break, leading to outsiders second-guessing them.
Zac Allen scored 17 points to help Laurel overcome a 19-13 halftime deficit at Billings Central to win 52-36. It was the Eastern A opener for both teams.
As shots continued to clang off the rim (or miss altogether), Laurel decided to try a different approach.
Pat Hansen knows it won’t be easy to get through the Eastern A and into the State A boys basketball tournament.