January 20, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Senior Kaleb Johnson, at left, goes high on a two-point jumper here last Saturday when the Blackhawks defeated Loyola 87-66.
Johnson, just one player on a team where five or six players are scoring in double figures, has scored 63 points himself in two games: 33 against Frenchtown and 30 against Loyola.
Looking on at right is Bobby Clark. G. Noland photo
by Gary Noland
For the Pathfinder
The Seeley-Swan Blackhawks have taken the undisputed lead in District 5-B basketball with a convincing win on the home court over runner-up Loyola last Friday in the first meeting of the two teams this season.
Ty Cameron established the Blackhawk offense when he put a three-pointer in from the left side for the first points on the scoreboard. His teammates then joined him in a barrage of three pointers for the next 32 minutes to leave Loyola dumbfounded at the finish, 87-66.
The Hawks shot a blistering 53 percent from the field, finding the mark on 12 shots in 3-point territory. Five Blackhawks scored from the 3-point range with Kaleb Johnson and Ty Cameron counting for four apiece.
Johnson, who scored 33 points in last week's game with Frenchtown mixed together a bag of three-pointers, driving lay-ups and shorter jumpers for 30 points against Loyola this week.
But support came from everyone wearing a Blackhawk suit. Ty Cameron added 20 points, and Cameron Gamache pumped in 19 while pulling down many rebounds while surrounded by the taller Loyola players. Ladd Gordon put in 8 while starter teammate Bobby Clark accounted for five. Abe Madinger and Arrow Hoehn came off the bench to score 8 and 1 respectively.
Loyola closed to within 6 points of the Hawks at half-time, but the Hawks exploded in the third period to command a 62-45 lead going into the final period.
There were potential problems. Gordon fouled out with one minute left in the third period and Clark was pulled at the start of the final period with four fouls. With a full quarter left and two starters out, a 17-point lead didn't look that big.
But Johnson, Cameron and Gamache kept up the offense. Freshman Abe Madinger, playing in his first varsity game, added eight points and sophomore Arrow Hoehn, the Hawk's tallest player, held his own on the boards and managed one point.
Not until the game got into the two minute countdown did fans begin to relax and savor a victory. Though the Hawks won by 21 points, not a soul left the game before the end.
In a non-conference game Saturday, the Hawks held on for a 67-64 win over Class B Victor.
Ty Cameron paced the Hawks with 16 points while hitting four 3-pointers. Again the Hawks displayed the balance that has kept them undefeated so far, with Kaleb Johnson adding 15, Bobby Clark 14, Ladd Gordon 12, and Cameron Gamache 10.
The undefeated Hawks are now 8-0 overall and 6-0 in conference play.