Terriers hard-fought season ends at the divisional tournament

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Terriers hard-fought season ends at the divisional tournament
Terriers hard-fought season ends at the divisional tournament
Terriers hard-fought season ends at the divisional tournament

ABOVE: Terry junior Wes Braddock getting to the basket for the smooth layup during the Terriers’ second round win over the Renegades of Reed Point/ Rapelje during the Southern Class C divisional basketball tournament. TOP RIGHT: Terry sophomore Casper Sackman shooting a jump shot in the Terriers’ second round win over the Renegades of Reed Point/ Rapelje. BOTTOM RIGHT: Terry senior Chris Badac going up for a layup in the Terriers’ second round win over the Renegades of Reed Point/ Rapelje. PHOTOS BY Derrick Calhoun

The 2019-20 season for the Terry High School Terriers boy’s basketball team came to an end on Friday, at the MHSA Southern Class C divisional basketball tournament, in Miles City.

The Terriers earned a spot in the divisional tournament with a fourth place finish at the Southern 4C district basketball tournament three weeks ago, also held in Miles City.

In the divisional tournament, the 4C No. 4 seeded Terriers opened their tournament with a hard-fought battle against the 6C No. 1 seeded Plenty Coups High School Warriors. With the loss to the Plenty Coups the Terriers dropped into the third-place bracket and beat the Reed Point/ Rapelje Renegades, using their athleticism and aggressiveness on both ends of the floor to overwhelm their opponent. In the semifinals, the Terriers came upon a familiar foe, once again having to play the Melstone High School Broncs.

The Terriers previously ran into the Broncs in the third-place game during the district tournament, losing to the three-time defending district champions. In the divisional tournament, it was a closer game but the results were the same.

With the loss to Melstone in the divisional tournament, the Terriers `hopes for a state tournament birth came to an end, as did their season.

“I felt that we tried hard and we made it a ways in the tournaments,” Terriers head coach Chay Larson said. “I’m very proud and happy for the boys this year.”

Larson also said that the team had practiced for everything they saw throughout the tournament, they just weren’t able to execute on some of the small things.

The team made a major philosophy change, focusing more on playing through the paint, utilizing their bigger players to great success. The team turned their season around, ending strong and making it into the district tournament as the No. 4 seed.

The aggressive play of 6-foot-3-inch senior Chris Badac, 6-foot-3-inch junior Abe Smith, 5-foot-11-inch junior Wes Braddock helped lead the team to the late success that they were able to enjoy. Especially during the district and divisional tournaments, where the constant drives by Badac and Braddock kept pressure on opposing defenses while the interior battling of Smith and 6-foot-8-inch junior Victor Salas Gomez owned the paint.

“I’m very impressed with the way the team played for having two starters that get to be here for the year,” Larson said. “They played as if they have been together for years, and that is why our main huddle break was 1, 2,3 family.”

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