Gardiner boys blow past West Yellowstone, 85-50

Neil Patrick Healy
Gardiner boys basketball continued its dominant regular season with another lopsided win, this time an 85-50 beating of the West Yellowstone Wolverines. 
The first half saw Gardiner and West Yellowstone going toe-to-toe, with Gardiner taking a 35-26 lead into halftime. It wasn’t until the third quarter that the Bruins’ offense got going, outscoring the Wolverines 34-5 and building up a 38-point lead going into the fourth quarter. Gardiner was able to put the game on cruise control and walk away with a 35-point win. 
That third quarter was thanks in large part to senior Bryson Stermitz, who scored 12 of his game-high 21 points during Gardiner’s offensive explosion. Stermitz’s final line was 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. Right behind him was Clancy Thomas with 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting, along with 13 rebounds, four steals and three assists. For West Yellowstone, Nathan Morse was the second leading scorer for the game with 17. 
As a team, the Bruins shot 43 percent from the floor, but went a low 2-of-19 from 3-point land. They also added 51 rebounds, 28 steals and 23 assists. 
The Bruins improve to 12-1 with a 6-1 record in conference play, sitting in second place in district 11C behind Manhattan Christian. They will look to keep it rolling with a road game Friday against Lone Peak followed by a home matchup against Harrison.