In an oddly symmetrical victory, Bozeman jumped out to a 13-2 lead, and then ended its 69-52 victory over Butte on a 13-2 run. In between, Oliver Carr poured in 23 points, three other Hawks logged double figures in scoring, and the Bozeman defense collectively shut down Dallas Cook, Butte’s big gun.

“I thought it was a really well played game,” said Bozeman head coach Wes Holmquist, whose squad now has won three straight. “I thought Butte really came out and competed very hard. They made us really work offensively to get good looks.” When their work did produce the shots they wanted, the Hawks knocked them down. “We just made a lot of plays tonight,” Holmquist added. “It’s not easy to get a win on the road in our conference. The kids just stepped up.”

Individually, Carr was the main beneficiary of the Hawks’ efficiency, but Holmquist was quick to point out a number of Hawks who made that possible. “(Caleb Weidenaar) can hit shots,” Holmquist said. “He hit a huge 3, and he took it to the hole really well in the fourth quarter, getting to the rim, and he was able to finish a couple times.”

Holmquist also mentioned Riley Malott’s double double, and the job Malott, Dylan Grubb and Will Dissly did on holding Cook, the Bulldog’s leading scorer, to just seven points. But most of all, the coach is excited about his team’s trajectory. The Hawks have won six of their last eight games and clinched a home playoff game.

“We’re really starting to come together. I think we’re all on the same page,” Holmquist said.

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