Joliet boys crash out of Districts

Alastair Baker
News Editor
Thursday, February 27, 2020
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Photo by Hank Nowak
Paxton McQuillan, Joliet, goes for the points against Roundup.

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Kelly Lind, Joliet, grapples for the ball against Roundup.

By Alastair Baker

News Editor


Having enjoyed recent success at this stage of the season the Joliet boys crash-landed after defeats to Roundup and Columbus.

Things seemed to be going well for Joliet in the opening minutes of their first game when they galloped into an 8-2 lead.

Prior to this J-Hawk Zayne Songstad had already made 3 important blocks and Bryant Dimond had forced a turnover.

However Roundup’s Tanner Rae is the engine room for his squad, calm and collected, he began to run the court.

A 3 pointer by Roundup’s Colton Kinn put the skids under Joliet and suddenly Joliet was 21-14 down.

Joliet still fought hard and frustratingly missed two easy buckets but nevertheless were still in touch at the end of the quarter at 30-22 down.

Good work by Kelly Lind and Caleb Bailey provided some promise as they helped bring Joliet’s tally to 27.

Three points by Bailey got Joliet to within 5 of Roundup as they approached the final quarter.

Roundup hit back with two 3 pointers that Joliet didn’t need to see as their opponent started to run off into the distance.

Bailey did have a chance earlier to draw Joliet level but agonizingly hit the underside of the bucket ring from which Roundup scored again.

The final score was 69-52 to Roundup.

Bailey made 22 points this game off 9 shots and 2 free throws, with Lind on 15 off 6 shots and 2 free throws. Roundup scored 20 points off turnovers to Joliet’s 10.

The defeat meant a meeting with Columbus who were still smarting from their Red Lodge encounter and it showed as they mercilessly swept aside Joliet.

Despite a gallant effort, Joliet could not contain a Columbus team itching to get to the Divisionals and make amends to their fans.

By the time the 3rd quarter had come Columbus was 33-18 in the lead and coasting.

The J-Hawks frequently found themselves in good positions but unable to deliver the killer punch. Their free throws also let them down.

By the end, Columbus had thwarted a brave performance by Joliet and cleaned up with a 53-29 win.

Columbus will now join Red Lodge and Huntley Project at the Southern B Divisional at Metra Park, Billings, March 5-7.