Another close finish for the Hamilton Broncs basketball team Saturday. They fell two points short of tying the number one ranked Class A team in Montana, the Dillon Beavers.

The two teams were close in the low-scoring first half of play, with Hamilton trailing by one at the end of the first quarter, Dillon 12 - Hamilton 11. At the half they were still only a point behind with Dillon leading 18 to 17.

During the second half, the Beavers slowly increased their lead, 35 to 28 and then 39 to 30 over the Broncs. However, the final minutes of the fourth quarter showed a resurgence from Hamilton and with 17 seconds left the score was Dillon 43 Hamilton 41. The final shot by the Broncs at the buzzer missed and Dillon slipped away with that final score 43 to 41.

Meanwhile, in Dillon, the Hamilton Lady Broncs also dropped a game to Dillon, losing by a score of 39 to 29.

The end of the regular basketball season is approaching. The schedule has the Hamilton teams playing Frenchtown Tuesday night, February 16, and their final pre-tournament games against against Butte Central Friday, February 19.

NewsTalk 1240 KLYQ will carry live play-by-play both Tuesday and Friday nights at about 7 p.m. on the AM radio, at on the internet and on your cellphone device with that free KLYQ app in the Apple and Android stores. These games are brought to you by our Broncs and Lady Broncs sports sponsors - Wimps Body Works, Beehive Homes, real estate broker Kerry Hanson, Massa Home Center, Taylor King State Farm Insurance, Fords Department Store, Bitterroot Cleaners, KT Express Lube, Trail West Bank and Jerry Wessels Les Schwab Tire Center.

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