HELENA — Helena Capital High guard Brady Martin and his Bruins teammates were faced with a tough proposition headed into the boys basketball contest against Big Sky.
Capital had to neutralize Camdyn LaRance, who is the second leading scorer in Class AA. And Martin and his team accomplished that in their 59-40 Western Conference victory Tuesday night at home.
According to Bruins coach Guy Almquist, Martin sacrificed offensive stat lines to hold LaRance to a total of nine points. Almquist credited Martin and the team for their effort.
"Anytime you hold the second-leading scorer in the state to nine points, you are doing a great job," Almquist said. "We held him to nine points, and it was a total team effort. Brady sacrificed a little offensively to hold him down."
Almquist has had a discussion with his team about coming out playing with more energy, and his message was received. It translated to 32 first-half points, and a 23-point first-period scoring barrage.
Bruins players Bridger Grovom and Shane Haller led the team with the only two double-digit offensive performances against the Eagles (1-9, 04). Haller had a game-high 15 points, and Grovom finished with 13 in the 59-point effort.
Eagles coach Cory Sova complimented the Bruins' ability to play on both sides of the floor.
Capital (5-6, 2-3) out-rebounded the Knights 34-28 on the glass.
"We had a hard time blocking them out for sure," Sova said. "They had second and sometimes third chances, but we did a better job rebounding tonight. It still wasn't good enough because they crashed the boards hard."
Almquist hopes his team can sustain the momentum moving forward. since the Bruins have No. 5 Missoula Sentinal and No. 1 Hellgate to play next week.
"The season is a marathon, and we are just trying to get better fundamentally and add a few more wrinkles here and there," Almquist said. "Our team is working on our confidence. We hope to be peaking come tournament time, and our kids are doing the right things to get there."