Saturday, January 28, 2023

Boys’ winning streak continues on the road

by Hungry Horse News
| January 18, 2023 12:10 PM

The winning streak continues. The Columbia Falls boys basketball team walloped Whitefish on the road Thursday 63-28 and then dropped Ronan 64-57 to extend its record to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in conference.

The Wildcats haven’t lost a game since the opener against Corvallis at the tip-off tourney.

Against the Bulldogs, the Cats were led by Cody Schweikert with 15, followed by Alihn Anderson with 13. Jace Hill and Reggie Sapa had 6 apiece. All told, 10 Wildcats ended up in the scoring column, as sign of good ball movement.

Against Ronan, Schweikert had 15, Anderson and Hill had 12 — but again a lot of players scored. All told, seven made the scoring column.

The Cats are averaging 67.7 points per game this season. They’re averaging 52% in two-point attempts and a league-leading 38% on treys.

Point guard Jace Hill is averaging 7.7 assists per game — three more assists than anyone in the league.

“That’s one of the nice things about this team,” coach Chris Finberg said. “We have a lot of guys contributing. Any one of those guys can put the ball in the hoop.”

The road trip for the boys continues this week as they head to Browning Friday, then top-ranked Class B Loyola Sacred Heart in Missoula Saturday and then Bigfork Tuesday night.

It will be a bit of a grind for the squad.

“This is a tough stretch. That’s what we want,”Finberg said.

C-Falls 14 14 20 16 - 64 Ronan 10 20 13 14 - 57 Alihn Anderson 14, Jace Hill 12, Bryce Dunham 4, Reggie Sapa 6, Cody Schweikert 15, Hunter Goodman 6.

RONAN — Jesse Zepeda 2, Colby Finley 12, Josiah Misa 15, Ted Coffman 14, Jordan Gatch 2, Devance Curley 12, Lawrence Lozeau 5, Marlo Tonasket 5.

Columbia Falls 12 14 14 23 —63 Whitefish 12 2 6 8 —28


Junior Kai Golan and the Columbia Falls student section get loud and hold up cell phones with flashlights in the final moments of the game against the Bulldogs in Whitefish. (JP Edge photo)


Mark Robison takes a shot in Whitefish on Thursday last week. (JP Edge photo)


Reggie Sapa looks for the net last Thursday in Whitefish against the Bulldogs. (JP Edge photo)


Jace Hill makes a jump pass Thursday night in Whitefish. (JP Edge photo)

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