Warriors tame Savage Heat at foul line
ARLEE — The Warriors remained cool under pressure and hit clutch free throws down the stretch against Hot Springs to remain perfect on the season.
In their first close game of the season, the Warriors were trailing the Savage Heat in the fourth quarter, but went 12-for-16 at the foul line in the final minutes to scrape out a 57-48 conference victory to move to 8-0 on the season.
Warrior senior Kyle Felsman went 7-for-8 at the line in the fourth quarter to finish tied for the team high with 15 points.
The Warriors were trailing 41-40 late in the fourth quarter, when senior John Sansavere nailed a 3-pointer to give them a lead. Sansavere also connected on four of his six foul shots in the final quarter and nine of his 15 points came in the final frame.
“He comes through, when the chips are down,” Arlee coach Clyde Tucker said of Sansavere.
Kody Morigeau, one of the three seniors who Tucker said was instrumental in the victory, finished with 12 points and eight rebounds. Kasey Bridgewater added seven points and Jesse Pfau finished with five.
With their clutch shooting in the fourth quarter, the Warriors were able to salvage a win in a game they didn’t play very well in.
“I don’t know what it was. We didn’t move. We didn’t run our offense. We didn’t play well. Maybe we were emotionally drained after the Charlo game,” Tucker said, adding that it was nice to see his team play well “when it got down to the nitty-gritty.”
The Warriors started the week with a 63-46 victory over the Vikings in Charlo Thursday. Felsman scored 11 of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter as the Warriors jumped out to a 17-5 lead.
In the second quarter, the Vikings started pounding the ball inside to their big men and the undersized Warriors started sending the Vikings to the line. The Vikings attempted 15 free throws in the second quarter and only trailed 29-22 heading into the second half.
In the second half, the Warriors played more disciplined defense and ran away with the 17-point victory.
“We tried to deny them the ball down low. We definitely did a better job of not letting them get the ball down low in the second half. A big factor for us was not sending them back to the foul line,” Tucker said.
While the Vikings were relying on their power game, the Warriors used their finesse and speed to get easy looks at the basket.
“We ran our offense really well. That was the key to the ball game,” Tucker said.
Pfau finished with 12 points and six assists.
“Jesse played really well. He ran our offense well and had nice assists. He just made good decisions,” Tucker said.
Sansavere pitched in with 11 points and Bridgewater added seven. Thomas McClure, Trae Burland and Morigeau finished with four apiece.
The Warriors play two tough road games next week. They play Seeley-Swan Friday and Noxon Saturday. The Red Devils are the only conference team they haven’t played since moving to District 14-C this season.
Arlee 63, Charlo 46
Arlee 17 12 17 17–63
Charlo 5 17 9 15–46
ARLEE - Kasey Bridgewater 7, Kyle Felsman 21, Thomas McClure 4, Jesse Pfau 12, Trae Burland 4, John Sansavere 11, Kody Morigeau 4.
CHARLO - Chance Frame 15, Houston Blevins 11, Chance Firestone 7, Chico Stipe 8, Dillon Delaney 3, Chance Rosenbaum 2.
Arlee 57, Hot Springs 48
Hot Springs 12 9 13 14–48
Arlee 16 12 10 19–57
HOT SPRINGS - Trevor Bras 7, Zac Malinak 4, Tyler Fisher 12, Reiley Winebrenner 13, Cody Hoff 8, Michael Brooks 4.
ARLEE - Kyle Felsman 15, Thomas McClure 3, Jesse Pfau 5, John Sansavere 15, Kody Morigeau 12, Kasey Bridgewater 7.