Belt vs. Fairview for the State Championship

The Belt Huskies have a chance at something special. A chance at going a perfect 26-0 this season if they can win just one more game here at the State C Boys’ Basketball Tournament.

The only game left is the State Championship contest against Fairview, which tips off at 8 PM tonight. You can listen to that game on 560 KMON in the greater Great Falls area or online by clicking this link

Many of the Husky fans weren’t sure this would happen this season. Yea Belt is good, but they’ve had their fair share of close calls, especially these last two nights.

The Huskies played with fire again last night as they gave up a 12 point advantage against a pesky Arlee squad and gave the Warriors a chance at winning it with a half-court shot at the buzzer.

But Belt survived, 67-65, in the nightcap of yesterday’s action.

Last night was more than wild. I’ve never been so stressed out in my life as I was broadcasting the two Husky games these last two nights in Billings. Can you please just put the hammer down?

So to take a look at the match up tonight Belt is going to have to work for this one.

Fairview’s big three threats are the two Hardy boys, Ben and Pat, and a Cayko (pronounced psycho) which sounds like the name of a good book.

The Fairview Warriors are a tough squad that is ready win their second State Title in four years. Led by my tournament MVP Monte Cayko, the Warriors are going to be tough to stop on offense. With Cayko roaming the perimeter and slashing into the lane Fairview’s offense is primarily run through Cayko who scored 24 points last night against Highwood, and 20 points in the opening win against Broadview/Lavina. The dude can play ball.

But I have faith in Belt’s defense. The Huskies who defeated Westby/Grenora and Arlee to get to the big stage should be ready. With terrific starting lineup of strong on-ball defenders like Haugrose, Metrione, Maki, McCafferty, and Cummings they should be up to the task of slowing down the Warriors.

On offense Belt should be ready to go. I expect Haugrose to finally breakthrough for a big game here at the State C Boys’ Tournament. Matt Metrione and Paxton Maki will control the glass and paint like they have done all year and Parker McCafferty should be the lighter in the Belt pile of dry firewood. We haven’t really seen Belt shoot the ball like I know that they can.

If Belt can come out and put their game plan into action early they should be able to build the lead that I hope can make the evening a little less stressful for Husky Fans.

Tonight a bunch of young men who weren’t even born when Belt won their last State C Boys’ Championship in 1995 will go out and try and bring their community another title and a perfect 26-0 record.

Do they realize the precipice that they are on? Probably not, and that isn’t a bad thing. The Huskies will go out there tonight and have fun, because playing in the State Championship Game is something that most of them could only dream about…

Until now.


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