Dillon keeps unblemished regular-season record

Jordan P. Ingram

The Rangers were riding high following an exciting 52-51 buzzer-beater road victory over 2016 East divisional champion Havre last weekend. 

But after Friday’s 62-50 loss to the visiting Townsend Bulldogs, the hard-charging Rangers appeared tentative against an undefeated Dillon squad and struggled the entire night to spark a measured offensive. 

Park High’s fearless, grind-it-out defensive effort simply wasn’t enough to overthrow the reigning state champion Beavers, who rolled to a 56-27 victory over the Rangers in a Class A boys basketball game at Park High School on Saturday night.

Park coach Layne Glaus said that after this weekend, the Rangers have a better understanding of the importance of a collective trust in a larger team vision.

“The concept of accountability starts with the head coach,” Glaus said. “We also need a high level of  individual accountability towards completely committing and trusting our process. If a team completely commits to the worst game plan in the world, they will have a better chance at success than a team that’s partially commits to the best game plan in the world.”

Jakim Ricketts scored a game-high 14 points, nine of which came after nailing two three-pointers in the third period for the Rangers, who couldn’t recover from a sluggish first half start to trail Dillon at halftime, 31-9.

John Waddell scored four points and Rydell Floyd added three points for Park.

“I truly believe that each and everyone of our guys has untapped confidence and talent that has yet to be completely unveiled,” Glaus said. “The process in finding this talent and confidence will be a collective effort built on trust.”

The Ranger’s pulled together and created  chances to get on the scoreboard, but too many possessions failed to yield points, a difficulty underscored by a sure-handed Beaver defense that was quick to create turnovers and cash-in easy buckets on the other end.

Tanner Haverfield led with 13 points, Troy Anderson scored 10 points, and Michael Haverfield had 12 points for the Southwest conference-leading Beavers (12-0, 4-0).


Up Next: 

The Rangers (4-10, 2-3) continue to nip at the heels of Fergus (9-4, 2-2) in the Central conference standings and will travel to face Belgrade (10-3, 6-1) at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, for a chance to knock off the first-place Panthers.

The Rangers will play the Maroons (7-6, 3-3) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Butte Central High School.