Bulldogs finish third at divisionals
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RONAN – Jacob Hugs scored a Mission Bulldogs’ team-high 18 points in an 84-41 challenge game loss to the Loyola Rams on Tuesday at Ronan. The loss gave Mission a third-place finish at the Western B sectional, while a win would have sent the Bulldogs to the State B tournament in Belgrade.
Tuesday’s game was initially scheduled for Monday evening and was delayed a day because of harsh winter weather conditions. During the game, the Rams jumped out to an early 9-0 first quarter lead before the Bulldogs were able to battle back and pull within four points of the lead, 15-11.
The Rams outpaced the Bulldogs 26-9 in the second quarter and took a 44-20 lead into the locker room at the half.
In the third quarter, Loyola pushed their lead to 64-33.
With a running clock in the fourth quarter, Loyola ended the game and Mission’s season by capturing the win.
The Bulldogs and first-year head coach Stuart Grant finished the season with an overall record of 13-10 and a third-place divisional finish.
Mission 11 9 13 8 - 41
Loyola 18 26 20 20 - 84
Loyola - Jack Lincoln 27, Cooper Waters 16, Ryan Tirrell 9, Liam Haffey 8, Jaden Job 6, Jacob Hollenback 6, Charles Burns 5, Liam Lechner 4, Jeff Twite 2, Nick Mitzel 1
Mission - Jacob Hugs 18, Lucas Vanderburg 9, Wacey McClure 4, Matt Anderson 4, Flint McPherson 4, Jedi Christy 2