GREAT FALLS - The Plenty Coups Warriors found themselves right in the middle of another thriller Friday afternoon at the State C boys basketball tournament.
Only this time, they came out on top.
A night after being stunned in the first round by Geyser in double overtime, Plenty Coups had what it took late in the fourth quarter to stop a hungry Froid-Medicine Lake team, 73-68, at Four Seasons Arena.
Wes Spotted Bear scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Warriors staved off elimination.
"I figured we were going to come out a little slow today because we had a tough night last night," Plenty Coups coach Gordon Real Bird Jr. said. "But today, we played like we should play in the fourth quarter."
Froid-Lake jumped ahead to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and looked in control in the fourth with a six point lead.
But guard Zach Monroy hit a 3-pointer in the corner and, after a steal, converted a three-point play to give Plenty Coups the lead with 3:10 remaining. Then, after the Red Hawks fought back to tie the game 68-68 with 42 seconds left, Monroy hit another shot with an inside spin move and made two free throws to seal the victory.
Plenty Coups outscored the Red Hawks 32-18 in the fourth quarter as they completed the comeback.
Monroy finished with 13 points, including 12 in the fourth, and Andy Roundface added 15 points for the Warriors. Kevin Monroy chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds.
Froid-Lake was led by Jeff Lodahl's 17, while Beau Ryder and Dane Hancock had 16 each.
Drummond 56, Roberts 44
Drummond outscored Roberts 16-8 in the fourth quarter on the way to claiming a 56-44 win over the Rockets in another loser-out game Friday.
Rylan Oakland scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards, while Chase Reynolds added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Trojans.
Tyge Devries led the way for the Rockets with 13 points and 11 rebounds.