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Pirates earn third for second consecutive year

Accurate overtime free throw shooting sends Polson into game for third

BUTTE – On Saturday evening, Matthew Rensvold scored 17 points with 11 rebounds while Jeremiah North Piegan added 15 points and the Polson Pirates outlasted a 28-point fourth quarter rally from the Belgrade Panthers for a 54-47 win and third place finish in the consolation final at the Class A state boys basketball tournament held at the Butte Civic Center.

After falling to Billings Central 57-37 in Thursday’s opening round, the Pirates went on to win three straight games en route to winning their second consecutive third place finish.

On Friday, the Pirates outpaced the Hamilton Broncs for a 51-45 victory. In that game, Rensvold led his squad with 16 points and teammate Jaydon Bautista followed up with 14.

Saturday morning saw the Pirates take on the Butte Central Maroons in a winner advances to the consolation championship game.

At the half, the Pirates led by one point 20-19, the end of the third quarter saw the Maroons with a 39-32 advantage over the Pirates. A Pirate fourth quarter rally sent the game into overtime.

The Pirates jumped out to an early lead in overtime, just to see the Maroon chip away at it and tie the score 59 all with 45 seconds left in overtime.

In the waning seconds of overtime, the Maroons sent the Pirates to the charity stripe, where the Pirates made their shots and narrowly slipped by Butte Central 62-59.

Tanner Wilson led the Pirates with a game-high 23 points and Bautista added 19 more. Rensvold recorded a double-double, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 boards.

Billings Central 57, Polson 37

Billings Central 10 15 14 18 - 57

Polson 6 5 13 13 - 37

Polson – J’von Johnson 4, Jaydon Bautista 6, Tanner Wilson 15, Jeremiah North Piegan 2, Matthew Rensvold 10.

Polson 51, Hamilton 45

Hamilton 14 12 7 12 - 45

Polson 19 9 9 14 - 51

Polson – J’von Johnson 5, Jaydon Bautista 14, Tanner Wilson 9, Jeremiah North Piegan 2, Matthew Rensvold 16, Connor Lanier 3, Shade Main 2.

Polson 62, Butte Central 59 OT

Butte Central 11 8 20 13 7 - 59

Polson 10 10 12 20 10 - 62

Polson – J’von Johnson 2, Jaydon Bautista 19, Tanner Wilson 23, Jeremiah North Piegan 2, Matthew Rensvold 10, Shade Main 6.

Polson 54, Belgrade 47

Polson 13 16 9 16 - 54

Belgrade 6 4 9 28 - 47

Polson – J’von Johnson 6, Jaydon Bautista 8, Tanner Wilson 4, Jeremiah North Piegan 15, Matthew Rensvold 17, Connor Lanier 2, Shade Main 2.

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