Fergus boys split with non-conference opponents

By: 
Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

Fergus’s Jaden Graham shoots the ball over Huntley Project’s Keenan Reynolds (14). Graham had 19 points
in the win over the Red Devils.

Photo by Doreen Heintz

Before returning to its conference schedule this weekend, the Fergus boys’ basketball team split with non-conference foes Billings Central and Huntley Project. In Billings, the Golden Eagles fell to the Rams, 55-47. Central held a 1-point lead at halftime, 21-20, but outscored the Eagles by 6 points in the third quarter to take a 39-32 lead into the fourth quarter.
Eric Knox was the only Golden Eagle to hit double figures in scoring with 16 points. Jaden Graham had 9 points, while Tanner Trafton and Andrew Lalum had 8 points each.
Saturday at home, Fergus blew away Huntley Project, 74-51. Coach Scott Sparks used the opportunity to develop his bench by giving all the Eagles plenty of playing time.
After Fergus led by only 3 points, 16-13, at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles tallied 25 points in the second period to take a 41-20 lead at halftime. Graham had 10 of his team’s high 19 points in the first half, while Trafton put 13 points on the scoreboard in the first half.
Huntley attempted to make a comeback in the third period by scoring 22 points in the period, but Fergus added 18 points to its total in the third to take a 59-42 lead into the fourth quarter. The Eagles outscored the Red Devils, 15 to 9, in the final period to secure the win.
Joining Graham in double figures for Fergus was Trafton with 17 points and Cole Ayers with 15 points.
The Eagles turned right around and played the Red Devils again on Tuesday night in Huntley. This was a make-up game for one missed prior to the Christmas break.

Eagles face Belgrade at home on Friday
Fergus returns to conference action on Friday when they host the Panthers of Belgrade. In their first meeting of the year, the Eagles scored a 1-point win in overtime in Belgrade. Saturday, Fergus travels to Miles City for a non-conference game against the Cowboys. Even though it is a non-conference contest, Fergus could meet Miles City in the upcoming Eastern A Superdivisional in Billings in February.
Next Tuesday, Jan. 31, Fergus hosts Browning in another rescheduled contest. This is a conference game for the two Central A opponents.

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