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BHS boys basketball narrowly trails Billings Central

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Buffalo High School boys varsity hosted the final game for the Wyoming/Montana Border Wars Tournament on Saturday night when they faced off against Billings Central. Buffalo stayed within a few points for the majority of the game, only trailing in the final quarter and ultimately finishing in a narrow loss of 71-63. The tournament faced all larger, non-conference schools and challenged the teams to play hard three days in a row. The next home game for the Bison is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15. 

Buffalo's starters hold hands on the bench

Buffalo’s starters for the varsity game against Billings Central hold hands on the bench before being announced on Saturday. The boys team hosted all three of their games for the Wyoming/Montana Border Wars Tournament last week.

Hyrum Hatch drives toward the basket during the first quarter

Buffalo High School senior Hyrum Hatch drives toward the basket during the first quarter on Saturday. Hatch played in all four quarters of the game.

Eli Patterson stretches for a rebound so the Bison can shoot again

Buffalo High School freshman Eli Patterson stretches for a rebound so the Bison can shoot again on Saturday. Buffalo kept the score close, getting fans and the bench excited in the final half of the game, but ultimately fell 63-71 to Billings Central.

Calvin Rule pushes through Billings Central senior Nate Sasich

Buffalo High School senior Calvin Rule pushes through Billings Central senior Nate Sasich during the second quarter on Saturday. Buffalo finished the half down 34-30.

Hunter Stone jumps for a 2-point shot during the second quarter

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone jumps for a 2-point shot during the second quarter on Saturday. Stone scored a total of 12 points throughout the game.

Tanner Hart calls an offensive play from the sidelines

Buffalo High School head coach Tanner Hart calls an offensive play from the sidelines on Saturday.

Coy Johnson throws the ball down court

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson throws the ball down court on Saturday. The fast paced game remained close throughout the game, with Billings Central only pulling a wider lead in the final quarter.

Colby Bessler launches out a bounce pass

Buffalo High School senior Colby Bessler launches out a bounce pass during the second quarter on Saturday. Bessler played in all four quarters, scoring in the third.

Taylor Swanston makes a pass to teammate

Buffalo High School senior Taylor Swanston makes a pass to teammate Calvin Rule in the first half on Saturday.

Eli Patterson pushes through Billings Central freshman Brock Blatter

Buffalo High School freshman Eli Patterson pushes through Billings Central freshman Brock Blatter before turning back out and away from the basket on Saturday.

Coy Johnson shoots for three during the first half of the game

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson shoots for three during the first half of the game against Billings Central on Saturday. Coy was Buffalo’s lead scorer by a large margin, scoring 23 total points, 12 of which came from outside the 3-point line

Hunter Stone grimaces after being hit in the face

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone grimaces after being hit in the face with a Billings Central arm on Saturday. Stone was fouled on the play and made both of his two free throws.

Hunter Stone dribbles underneath Billings Central guard Junior Brackenridge

Buffalo High School senior Hunter Stone dribbles underneath Billings Central guard Junior Brackenridge on Saturday.

Coy Johnson reaches around Billings Central senior Clarence Stewart

Buffalo High School senior Coy Johnson reaches around Billings Central senior Clarence Stewart in an attempt to knock the ball lose on Saturday. This attempt was in the final few minutes of the game as Billings Central narrowly gained a lead.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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