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Bison blow past Bravehearts

PABLO — The Salish Kootenai College Bison got back to .500 with a 125-82 rout over the Oglala Lakota College Bravehearts at the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Complex Saturday.

The win pushed the Bison to 6-6 and was their second win in a row over a team they will face at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Championship this March in Santa Fe, N.M. – they beat Little Bighorn College 141-77 the week before.

The Bison shot 38 percent from behind the 3-point arc, connecting on 15 of 40 3-point attempts. The Bison were led by local Gus McDonald. The St. Ignatius player, who started his career at University of Montana-Western, sank six 3-pointers and finished with 29 points. 

“He came out there and was knocking shots down,” SKC coach Zach Conko-Camel said.

James Bible, a guard from Red Rock, Okla., finished with 28 points on 11 of 15 shooting from the field.

“His touch is definitely coming around...He’s putting in a lot of work and hitting his stride,” Conko-Camel said.

Sonny Eppinette, one of only a few players returning from last year’s AIHEC championship team, finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Bison newcomer Terrance Lafromboise also put in 15 points for the Bison.

The Bison committed 17 fouls in the first half and only led 63-44 at the break. 

“We’ve hadn’t seen them and we were pressing a bit. We got in a little foul trouble and kept it closer than it should’ve been,” Conko-Camel said.

The Bison will host the Great Falls University Junior Varsity Thursday and Friday.

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