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Hellgate's hot start downs Braves

Jan. 28—Missoula Hellgate hit Flathead's floor firing Saturday, burying four 3-pointers in a 26-point first quarter that carried the Knights to a 70-49 Western AA boys basketball win.

Easton Sant had 15 points, 12 by halftime when the Knights (10-1 overall, 7-0 in the Western AA) led 43-18. He hit both his 3-pointers in the first half as well.

Chance McNulty and Zane Gillhouse added 14 points each for Hellgate; McNulty had two of his team's seven threes.

Flathead (0-10, 0-6 in league) stayed even with Hellgate over the final three quarters in large part because of Jordan Griffin, who had 30 points including two 3-pointers.

Hellgate 26 17 18 9 — 70

Flathead 5 13 20 11 — 49

MISSOULA HELLGATE — Easton Sant 6 1-1 15, Colter Russell 1 0-0 3, Zane Gillhouse 6 1-1 14, Luke Hoppe 1 0-0 2, Chance McNulty 6 0-0 14, Rylan Davis 1 1-1 3, Spencer Wayland 2 0-0 4, Brody Schneider 1 0-0 2, Chip Seidensticker 1 0-0 2, Jacob Finch 1 0-0 2, Parker Link 2 4-8 9. Totals 28 7-11 70.

FLATHEAD — Lyric Ersland 2 0-0 4, Gabe Sims 1 0-0 2, Korbin Eaton 0 0-0 0, Jordan Griffin 13 2-2 30, Stephen Riley 0 1-2 1, Brody Thornsberry 2 0-0 4, Dustyn Franchini-White 0 0-0 0, Brodee Zahn 0 0-0 0, Tyler Williams 1 0-0 3, Gabe St. Germain 1 0-0 2, David Moody 0 0-0 0, Kaleb Sims 1 0-0 3. Totals 22 3-4 49.

3-point goals — Hellgate 7 (Sant 2, McNulty 2, Link, Russell, Gillhouse), Flathead 4 (Griffin 2, Sims, Williams). Fouls — Hellgate 8, Flathead 17. Fouled out — none.