BHHS boys beat WEHS Blue Devils at buzzer

In a region 4A basketball nail-biter, the Blackville-Hilda High Hawks stunned the Williston-Elko High Blue Devils by a score of 47-45 Feb. 12 in the Devils Den.

Blackville-Hilda High, which scored only four points in the opening quarter, trailed by a much as nine points in the first half.

However, the Hawks rallied in the second half behind the shooting of Larry Johnson. Johnson scored 17 points in the second half, including the winning basket, as time expired for the win. Johnson finished with 20 points, 10 assists and six steals.

With the win, Blackville-Hilda High finishes fourth in the region with a record of 12-8 overall and 6-4 in region play.

The Hawks will play at Great Falls High Feb. 17 in the opening round of the class A playoffs.

Blackville-Hilda coach Michael Beasley said the team needed a win to keep playing.

"A loss here tonight and our season would have ended," Beasley said. "Our players knew this was a must-win game for us and we found a way to win."

Several players stepped up for Blackville-Hilda offensively including Quentin Johnson, who tabbed his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 steals.

Jarvaris Dukes had 10 points, including four in the fourth quarter. Joe Thomas contributed four points and 11 rebounds.
However, for Williston-Elko High, the loss ends its hopes of a region crown.

Williston-Elko came into the game tied with Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High. A win by Williston-Elko would have forced a playoff game for the region title.

"This was a very disappointing loss for us tonight," Williston-Elko High coach Devin Liferidge said. "I thought we played well, but in spurts. Late in the game, we just didn't make the plays to wrap up the game. We didn't do a good job of closing tonight."

The top offensive player for the Blue Devils was Antonio "Busta" Walker with 22 points, including 12 in the first half. Brandon Reed had seven points and 10 rebounds. John Staley netted nine points while Wilbur Greene added a three pointer.