March 2, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
The Blackhawks, once rated sixth in the state, were eliminated from further tournament play last Thursday in the District 5-B tournament in Missoula.
The tournament started out okay for the Hawks who broke a 4-game losing streak with a 74-57 win over Florence in first-round District 5-B action last week.
And, in the first quarter of second round action against Deer Lodge, a team that had beaten them 106-68 the week before, the Hawks stormed out front to a 25-15 lead and increased that to a 38-25 margin at halftime.
Then, the going got tough. The tide turned and the second half belonged to Deer Lodge, who came back to tie the game at 57 with just over a minute to play. Regaining possession after a missed Seeley shot, Deer Lodge maneuvered for a last second shot, which was missed, but rebounded under the basket by Deer Lodge's Travis Evans who put it in and was immediately swarmed on by his fellow teammates as the final buzzer sounded.
But, a last second time-out call by Seeley gave the Hawks one more chance to put the ball in play, but with 3-tenths of a second left no play was possible.
While the Hawks turned cool in the second half, Deer Lodge's Jeremy Burke found the range and dropped six 3-pointers in the final 13 minutes, the last three setting up the tie game in the final minute.
Though knocked out of action late in the first half with a shoulder separation, Kaleb Johnson came back and finished the game with 16 points. He was followed by Ty Cameron who finished with 14 points, Cameron Gamache 8, Bobby Clark 8, Ladd Gordon 7, and Abe Madinger 4.
Valley Christian jumped to a 18-8 lead over the Blackhawks in loser out action last Friday. The Hawks held them to that margin until the final period, giving up four more to see the season end with a 64-48 Valley Christian win.
Kaleb Johnson led with 14 points. Ty Cameron and Cameron Gamache scored 10 each. Ladd Gordon followed with 9, Bobby Clark 3, and Abe Madinger 2.
Against Florence, Ty Cameron led with 21 points, followed by Gameron Gamache with 14. Ladd Gordon had 13, Bobby Clark 12, Kaleb Johnson 10, and Abe Madinger 4.
With the lone District win, Seeley Lake coach Kim Haines moved into a tie for second with Toby Kangas for career coaching wins in Montana. Haines and Kangas have 553 wins. Don Peterson leads Montana coaches with 558 wins, five games ahead of the second place ranking.