Gardiner blows out West Yellowstone

Neil Patrick Healy
The Gardiner Bruins boys basketball team continues to roll through the opening weeks of the season, blowing past the West Yellowstone Wolverines Thursday night, 84-40, to stay undefeated at 7-0. 
The Bruins stormed out of the gates in the opening quarter, out-scoring the Wolverines 29-12, with big scoring outputs from junior Clancy Thomas (nine) and senior Bryson Stermitz (eight). They kept it rolling in the second quarter, scoring 22 and entered the locker room with a 51-28 lead.
Gardiner’s scoring slowed down, but the defense put the finishing touches on the blowout, holding West Yellowstone to 12 second-half points. 
Thomas and Stermitz were the game’s high scorers, finishing with 19 and 16 points, respectively. Junior Sean Rehmer hit four 3-pointers while finishing with 13 and junior Jacob Perius added 12, six of which came in the fourth quarter. 
West Yellowstone’s lone double-digit scorer, Tim Finney, finished with 13 points on three made field goals while going 7-of-12 from the free throw line. As a team, West Yellowstone finished 13-of-27 from the line (48 percent). 
The Bruins’ first seven games have been a display of dominance. To go with an undefeated record, they have scored 80 points or more in all but one game, while holding their opponent below 40 in four. Four games have been decided by 40 points or more, with the average margin of victory for the season being 34.14 points. Gardiner is also boasting a staggering point differential of +239. 
Gardiner has a 12-day layoff before playing at Sheridan Jan. 5.