Hamilton's Hunter Omlid Layup

Hamilton's Hunter Omlid rises up for a layup and draws a foul against Stevensville's Colby Meeds (2) Tuesday night in Stevensville. Omlid finished with 17 points and the Broncs topped the Yellowjackets 76-51. 

STEVENSVILLE — There was a one-minute sequence early in the fourth quarter of Hamilton's 76-51 win against Stevensville Tuesday that illustrated just how wicked good the fourth-ranked Broncs can be.

It was so twisted, it was inside-out.

Already leading 53-35 with 7:01 remaining, Hamilton post Carson Rostad feigned a move to the hoop and instead kicked cross-court to a waiting Tanner Goligoski in the corner who plunged the 3-pointer — his sixth of seven, a part of a game-best 27-point effort.

One possession later, Omlid found Goligoski again in the same corner, and the senior sharpshooter again buried the trey. In 27 seconds, Hamilton had extended its lead by six, 59-35.

"We talk about it a lot, we really want the ball to touch the paint whether through a pass or a drive and then kick out, let the defense collapse and let us shoot from the outside," Hamilton coach Travis Blome said. "The more we can move the basketball, the more we can play unselfish, the better we can be."

On the next possession it was Omlid's turn, as he got a pass in the same corner from Trey Searle and spotted up a 3-pointer. It splash landed, giving Hamilton its 12th 3-pointer of the game and a 62-35 lead.

Searle, in his own right, added three 3-pointers himself in the game and matched Omlid's total with 17 points.

"It's kind of ridiculous, there's so many shooters on this team and drivers, that they can just take a second, look around and then shoot," Searle, a junior, said. "(When) they have so much time, they're going to hit them."

Stevensville had its fair share of impressive shots, too. Logan Roth, who finished with a team-best 16 points hit on two 3-pointers and one impressive two-handed breakaway slam dunk midway through the third quarter. His jam came after a steal and one possession after a long ball, and the 5-point stretch cut into Hamilton's lead, 45-28.

Colby Meeds added 14 points for the Yellowjackets (2-15 overall, 0-9 in conference) and Riley Rust hit on three 3-pointers and scored nine points for Stevi.

But the Broncs had too many weapons Tuesday night. It's part of why Hamilton has built a 15-2 record (8-1 in conference) and clinched the Southwest A's regular season title.

"Our team chemistry is really high this year and knowing where everybody on the court is this year has really helped us out," Omlid said, explaining the Broncs' success.

Hamilton closes the regular season Saturday against Dillon. The first time the two conference rivals met back on Jan. 12, the Broncs topped the Beavers with a last-second 3-pointer from Omlid to win 69-67.

Stevensville closes the regular season with Frenchtown on Friday. The Southwest A district tournament is slated for Feb. 14-16 and the Broncs host the divisional tournament the following week.

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