January 13, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
by Gary Noland
For the Pathfinder
Senior guard Kaleb Johnson stunned the Frenchtown Broncos and woke up slumbering Blackhawk fans last Saturday evening when his deadly three-point shots sparked the Hawks on a 58-point run that began late in the third period and just never stopped.
If their were yawns in the stands, it was understandable when an expected fierce match-up between top District 5-B teams produced a low scoring 28-23 first half, with Frenchtown holding the edge.
The second half didn't look a lot better and the Hawks slipped further behind until Johnson swished a three-pointer from the right corner with around four minutes left in the third period. Next time down the floor he did the same. And the next time down he did the same, tying the game at 37-37. Then, next time down he broke for a lay-up and put the Hawks up by two, 39-37.
Those 11 straight points sparked a rally that left the Broncos helpless as Johnson continued to split the net, with his teammates joining in for a rout that hardly anyone could believe.
Johnson kept putting in three-pointers whenever he wanted in a dazzling display that produced a career high 33 points for him. He hit eight three pointers, with five of those coming in the closing minutes of the third period. This reporter remembers only one attempt missing the mark as Johnson calmly lofted shot after shot.
Luke Marlatt added insult to injury when he dropped in a long three-pointer as the buzzer sounded, sending Frenchtown home with an embarrassing 81-55 loss, their first loss in league play this year.
After a dismal start, the Hawks finished with four players in double figures: Johnson 33, Bobby Clark 17, Cameron Gamache 11, and Ty Cameron 11. Ladd Gordon finished with six and Marlatt three.
The Blackhawks are now 6-0 overall, undefeated in league play and will face Loyola, the District 5-B pre-season favorite, on the home court this Friday.
Prior to the Frenchtown game Saturday, the Hawks routed Florence by 30 points, 76-46 at Florence the night before.
Ty Cameron had the hot hand that night, pouring in 27 points while connecting on four 3-pointers. Again four Hawks were in double figures with Clark adding 17, Gamache 12, and Johnson 11. Gordon added six and Arrow Hoehn 2.