Sooner or later it happens. A man will have to face facts and realize that he is losing his hair. In the case of Belt Husky mentor Kyle Paulson that day might come sooner than he hoped if his team gives up 17 point leads like they did tonight winning 57-51.
The Huskies looked like they might walk away with a big win in the nightcap against Westby/Grenora here at the State C Boys’ Basketball Tournament at halftime. Belt went into the locker room with a 13 points advantage, 35-22, and half the fans that were in the gym headed out to a late dinner at Olive Garden I’m guessing.
They all assumed that this one was over. Well, you know what they say about assuming…
It was Westby/Grenora in the second half who came out ready to play. The Thunder outscored Belt 15-7 in the third quarter to cut it to a five point game at 42-37 entering the final frame.
That’s when things got a little stressful for the Husky faithful. Belt went cold on offense and the Thunder got hot. Like give me the ball, I’m going to put this up from 25 feet away and make it hot.
It was Daulton Holecek, the 5’10 sophomore, who was casting it up from NBA range and making it. Holecek would score 15 points for the team from Westby and Grenora but it was Cooper Olson who nearly willed his team into the semifinals. Olson scored a game high 23 points including 12 in the second half to give Westby a three point advantage at one point with less than two minutes left in the fourth.
Then Matt Metrione reminded Belt fans that the team wasn’t dead yet. Metrione battled on the inside all ballgame but it was his two scores in the final few minutes that got the Huskies the win. Metrione caught one pass at the 15 foot line and pretended to hand it off to McCafferty who was making a Laker cut.
He didn’t hand the ball off though. He turned over his left shoulder, took a dribble, and beat everyone to the rim to lay it home. One of the next possessions down Matt got another two points off of pure hustle, the ball was on the floor and he was just quicker than everyone else, scooped it and scored it.
Those Belt Huskies gave their fans quite the scare tonight.
It’s a scare that Husky fans haven’t had to deal with much this season as Belt is undefeated on the season and has won a lot of games by being the better team in the second half. Tonight though, they weren’t.
But a wins a win in the State C Boys’ Tournament and maybe this scare is just what the Huskies needed to get them ready to seek a State Championship here in Billings.
I like the Huskies chances against a pesky Arlee Warrior squad that beat Northern Cheyenne tonight 62-57. Let me tell you, I was tired just watching that game between Arlee and Northern Cheyenne.
It should be quite the contest between two teams that like to get out and go with the basketball tomorrow night.
Just tomorrow night when the Huskies tip it off against the Warriors can Belt please not cause so much stress to their fans? It isn’t good for the hearts, not to mention the receding hairlines (mine included).