Arlee, Mission battle in divisional bracket match up
RONAN — Cross-county rivals Arlee Warriors and Mission Bulldogs battled in loser out bracket action Friday morning during the Western B Divisional Tournament hosted at the Ronan Events Center.
In Saturdays’ post season match-up, Mission prevailed over Arlee 65-57, subsequently ending the 2021-2022 season for the Warriors.
The Bulldogs held a 14-point margin lead at 40-26 as both teams raced into the locker room at the half. A furious third-quarter 24-9 scoring onslaught by the Warriors gave them a slim one-point 50-49 advantage at the start of the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs out paced the Warriors 16-7 in the fourth quarter for the victory.
Jadence Peone led the Bulldogs in scoring with 22 points, followed by Zoran LaFrombois with 20 points and Ross McPherson with 12 points.
For the Warriors, Levi Fullerton scored a team high 22 points and Benny Harlow netted 13 points.
Both Mission Valley teams opened the tournament on Thursday with losses; the Warriors fell 62-44 to the Bigfork Vikings while the Bulldogs were defeated by the Missoula Loyola Rams 63-49.
Arlee’s Harlow led all scorers with a game high 19 points and LaFrombois scored a Mission team high 14 points. Also for the Bulldogs, McPherson scored 13 points and Cederick McDonald chipped in with 10 points.
In Saturday morning’s loser-out game against Florence-Carlton Falcons, McDonald scored a Bulldogs’ team high 28 points in a 76-62 loss to the Falcons.
The Bulldogs finished the overall season with a 18-5 win-loss record.
On Thursday, the Mission Lady Bulldogs came up short during the first round of the Western B Divisional Tournament with a 54-42 loss to the Florence-Carlton Lady Falcons.
Kason Page led the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points.
Both Kooper Page and Madyson Currie scored a game high 17 points apiece, helping the Lady Bulldogs to a 66-47 win over the Deer Lodge Lady Wardens in a loser-out game on Friday. Also for the Lady Bulldogs, Kason Page booked 15 points.
Saturday morning, the Lady Bulldogs season came to an end in a 55-42 loss to the Eureka Lady Lions.
Currie paced the Lady Bulldogs with 15 points followed by Kason Page with 10 points.