Blackhawks win opener,
drop game to Deer Lodge

December 21, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Logan Rammell, left, drives for two agains Rocky Mountain.
At right, David Pitman twists for a layup.

Ryan Plum had 18 points in the opener.

The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks gave Shawn Holmes a victory in his first game as head coach of the Blackhawks last Thursday night with a sound win over Rocky Mountain, 77-50, before a home crowd.

The heady win, however, was tempered two nights later when the young Hawks met seasoned Deer Lodge players who handed them a 68-47 loss.

The loss Saturday night didn't diminish local enthusiasm for the underdog Blackhawks who gave fans a taste of exciting play that will become more reliable as the season progresses.

Eleven players scored against Rocky Mountain, including three freshmen who played the final three minutes.

Senior Ryan Plum, using his height to gain position and rebounds, hit 18 points in close to lead the scoring, but was followed closely by sophomore Abe Madinger with 16 points. Junior Bryan Gallea also found double digits with 12 points. Logan Rammell added 8, Arrow Hoen 6, Ty Broesder 6, Riley Devins 3, Zach Nelson 2, Scott Johnson 2, and Nick Parker 2.

Though they lost to Deer Lodge by a wide margin, much of that deficit came in the final minutes when Deer Lodge broke a 10-point margin they managed for much of the game and pulled away with a fourth quarter 21-12 run.

Senior Ty Broesder single handedly kept the Hawks within range until late in the game with 16 points, but he was the only one in double digits. Ryan Plum had 6, Abe Madinger 6, Ladd Gordon 5, Arrow Hoehn 4, Bryan Gallea 3, and Scott Johnson 2.

The Blackhawks play at Darby this weekend and are then off until after the holidays.

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