Cameron Gamache goes high for two
points against Darby in Friday's win.
G. Noland photo
December 16, 1999
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
by Gary Noland
A balanced Blackhawk offense undid Darby in the final minutes last Friday when the Blackhawks opened the 1999-2000 season with a 58-51 win on the home court.
The final score doesn't tell the story, though, because the Hawks trailed throughout the game, and turned the tide late in the game with under two minutes left to play.
Then the Hawks unleased a series of unanswered points.
Ty Cameron tied the game at 51-52 on a jumper from the left side.
Bobby Clark was fouled and put the Hawks up by two. Fouled again, Clark added one.
Kaleb Johnson pumped in a jumper from the right side.
Cameron Gamache, fouled in the final seconds, put in two.
And though they didn't feel a barage like this at any time earlier in the game, Darby was pursued relentlessly throughout the contest, but led by Blade Schallenberger's 23 points had managed to maintain about a three point margin until the final minute. The Blackhawks had trailed by two after the first quarter, by three at halftime, and by four going into the final period.
The Blackhawks had three players in double figures and three more not far from that. Joe McCoy had 13, Bobby Clark 11, Ty Cameron 11, Ladd Gordon 8, Cameron Gamache 8, and Kaleb Johnson 7.
The Hawks have three more home games this Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Lincoln, Valley Christian and Deer Lodge before the holiday break.