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Prospectors beat Mustangs 3rd time claiming Consolation crown

BUTTE - Sweeping a season series...

by Tim Allen

QSPNLive.com

with a good team like Ennis is a tough thing to do, but Granite needed a third victory to secure the District 12C Consolation Bracket Title Saturday in Butte. And they didn't disappoint, producing a come-from-behind 47-43 victory.

Playing in his final game, senior Colton Grange took matters into his own hands and carried the Prospectors offensively. He finished with 30 points, including six 3-pointers. He scored 18 first-half points and then added 10 more in the fourth that kept the Mustangs at bay to give Granite the win.

"He just went off," said Granite Head Coach Dustin Keltner. "He hit a giant three later in the fourth when we were up one and put us ahead by four. And later when we were up two, he sank a pair of free throws that helped us seal the deal."

 BUTTE - Sweeping a season series with a good team like Ennis is a tough thing to do, but Granite needed a third victory to secure the District 12C Consolation Bracket Title Saturday in Butte. And they didn't disappoint, producing a come-from-behind 47-43 victory.

Playing in his final game, senior Colton Grange took matters into his own hands and carried the Prospectors offensively. He finished with 30 points, including six 3-pointers. He scored 18 first-half points and then added 10 more in the fourth that kept the Mustangs at bay to give Granite the win.

 

"He just went off," said Granite Head Coach Dustin Keltner. "He hit a giant three later in the fourth when we were up one and put us ahead by four. And later when we were up two, he sank a pair of free throws that helped us seal the deal."

Granite grabbed a lead at the end of the first quarter 11-8, but could only watch as Ennis rallied with a 16-12 second that gave the Mustangs a 24-23 halftime advantage. The two teams played even in the third before Granite got control in the fourth and won the Consolation title.

Keltner noted the defensive play of junior Kane Hess. "He just played tremendously in this tournament," said Keltner. "He had no points tonight, but I bet he prevented 20. He has really found his space and has become a phenomenal post presence."

While Grange was busy filling up the basket from long and short range, Kade Cutler scored nine, with Daniel Brabender and Jaxon Lee each adding four each.

Gus Dickinson was the top scorer for Ennis with 14.

Granite could get a shot at a challenge game if #2 Twin Bridges beats #1 Drummond in the tournament finale. If that game takes place, it will happen at the MAC in Butte Monday night.

 

BOX SCORE

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Final

Granite

11

12

9

15

47

Ennis

8

16

9

10

43

GRANITE - Lee 4, Grange 30, Brabender 4, Cutler 9

ENNIS - Wood 5, Coffman 6, KFunston 4, Fortier 3, CFunston 9, Williams 2, Dickinson 14