Senior vs Skyview bball boys

Skyview's Zach Schacht (35) grabs the tip off from Senior's Brooks Zimmer (40) during the first quarter of the game at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark on Tuesday.

BETHANY BAKER, Gazette Staff

BILLINGS — With just under two minutes left in the game, Billings Skyview guard Jaxson Noseep was leading a fast-break alongside his two post players, Zach Schacht and Tyler Kinghorn. 

Taking on two Billings Senior defenders, Noseep tossed a lob to Kinghorn, who then in turn lobbed in to the 6 foot 10 Schacht, who softly laid the basketball in the hoop for Skyview's final bucket of the night. 

Things just went that well for the Falcons on Tuesday night as Skyview defeated Senior 53-34 in the fifth Crosstown Classic of the year at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.

The win marked a good bounce-back moment for the Falcons, who were drubbed at the hands of Bozeman on Saturday 75-50.

Schacht finished with a game-high 20 points while Kinghorn contributed 13 for the Falcons who also earned revenge against the Broncs, who won the first meeting back on Jan. 4, 63-62. 

"That was the best defense we've played all year," Schacht said. "Especially knowing we lost to them by one last time and losing by 20 to Bozeman, we had to bounce back tonight. 

"The bus ride home from Bozeman was a pretty quiet one but Coach (Kevin Morales) has a way of getting us back into it with the way practices go. We just put it behind us and needed to get this win."

Schacht, a junior, has been a force all year for the Falcons starting at the center position. A big man who runs the floor well, Skyview's guards did a good job of finding Schacht down on the block for easy baskets. Schacht got himself going with back-to-back dunks to start the game. 

"When I get a dunk and I see my team go crazy it really warms up the game for me and I know that we all can start getting going," Schacht said. "They did a great job moving the ball up-top so I could post-up and they found me. They hit their shots, I hit mine, and that's what you need."

Kinghorn was the center last year for Skyview, but has moved more to a power forward role as he can shoot the ball well too. The chemistry between the two players, and friends, down-low have helped the Falcons immensely, and the duo tends to give Skyview a good size advantage over most teams. 

"We know an advantage when we have those two bigs working together," Morales said. "When they're clicking, they're clicking. And tonight was one of those nights. The more time they get together here down the stretch, hopefully the better they can be. I think our guards are finding better ways to find them too in certain situations."

Logan DeHaven and Trey Berry both combined for five 3-pointers to round-out the rest of Skyview's game. Aside from the Bozeman setback, the Falcons have started to heat up, winning four of their last five games to climb back to .500 at 7-7. 

Senior, on the other hand, has been cooling off. After starting the season off 7-2, the Broncs have lost five games in a row to drop to 7-7. Connor Kieckbusch led the Broncs with 11 points. 

"We're just trying to keep the kids a good mindset. Ultimately, we just have to get better every single day and peak at the right time and get ready for that divisional tournament," Senior coach Drew Haws said. "Right now we have to hit shots and we have to have somebody score with Connor. We just haven't had that over the last few games."

Both teams have four games left. Senior has nine days off and won't play again until Feb. 15 when they see Billings West for the final Crosstown Classic. Skyview will next play on Feb. 16 and 17 when they it hosts the Great Falls schools. 

Email Kyle Hansen at kyle.hansen@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @GazSportsHansen

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