Caidin Hill

Manhattan Christian's Caidin Hill drives toward the basketball Saturday in a loser-out game against Froid-Medicine Lake at the State C tournament in Billings.

BILLINGS — Manhattan Christian bounced back from a semifinal loss on Friday to win two Saturday games and place third at the Class C tournament in Billings.

The Eagles got past Froid-Medicine Lake 56-51 on Saturday morning before topping Fort Benton 56-40 in the afternoon to claim third place. The Eagles finished the season with a 25-2 record.

“I’m proud of the group, proud of our guys,” Christian head coach Layne Glaus said. “All of their hard work and time and effort and focusing on the little things and acting right on and off the court ended up with a win at the end of the season.”

Christian found itself on the consolation side of the bracket after a six-point loss to undefeated Scobey on Friday.

“I felt they showed a lot of heart showing up after that game last night,” Glaus said. “It’s not always easy to come back after a loss and show up and play together and play for each other, so that was fun.”

In the third-place game, junior Willem Kimm posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Eagles in both categories. Sophomore Seth Amunrud followed with 13 points. Senior Caidin Hill and junior Logan Leep each supplied eight points as well.

Senior Trevor Van Dyken hit a 3-pointer for his only points, and both junior Jackson Leep and senior Gavin Weiss had two points to complete Christian’s scoring.

Logan Leep

Manhattan Christian’s Logan Leep (25) goes up for a shot as Froid-Medicine Lake’s Javonne Nesbit defends Saturday in a loser-out game at the State C tournament in Billings.

The Eagles staked themselves to a sizable advantage in the first quarter, leading 14-2 after the opening eight minutes. The second quarter was a bit more even, with Fort Benton outscoring Christian 13-11, but the Eagles still went into halftime ahead by 10 points.

Christian stretched the lead out more in the third, winning that quarter 19-13.

Hayden Diekhans led the Longhorns with 13 points.

Earlier in the day, the Eagles trailed 33-31 going to the fourth quarter against Froid-Medicine Lake, but they outscored the Red Hawks 25-18 in the final eight minutes to remain alive in the tournament.

“We got some stops at the end, and that allowed us to get out in transition,” Glaus said. “Team defense was a big part of it.”

Amunrud had 16 points in that game to lead the team. Caidin Hill followed with 15, Leep had 10 and sophomore Tebarek Hill had nine. Kimm recorded four points and 16 rebounds.

With the tournament at a close and a third-place finish secured, Glaus reiterated how hard his team had worked to reach this point in the season.

“In those Saturday morning games, sometimes it’s more heart than anything else,” Glaus said. “I think our guys had that and weren’t content on ending their season on a loss.”

Manhattan Christian 56, Froid-Medicine Lake 51

Christian                      14  9   8   25  -  56

Froid                             8  12  13  18  -  51

MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN (24-2) - Seth Amunrud 6 2-2 16, Tebarek Hill 1 6-8 9, Logan Leep 3 3-4 10, Willem Kimm 2 0-2 4, Caidin Hill 5 5-8 15, Gavin Weiss 0 0-0 0, Jackson Leep 0 0-0 0, Mason Venema 1 0-0 2, Devan Walhof 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 16-24 56.

FROID-MEDICINE LAKE (16-4) - Colt Miller 1 0-0 3, Javonne Nesbit 5 7-8 18, Tyler Wivholm 6 0-1 14, Bode Miller 1 0-0 2, Mason Dethman 4 0-0 10, Ashdyn Hobbs 1 0-0 3, Brett Stentoft 0 0-0 0, Isaac Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 8-11 51.

3-point goals: MC 4 (Amunrud 2, T. Hill, L. Leep), F-ML 7 (Wivholm 2, Dethman 2, C. Miller, Nesbit, Hobbs).

Manhattan Christian 56, Fort Benton 40

Christian                   14  11  19  12  -  56

Fort Benton               2   13  13  12  -  40

MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN (25-2) - Seth Amunrud 6 0-1 13, Gavin Weiss 1 0-1 2, Logan Leep 3 0-0 8, Tebarek Hill 1 2-4 5, Caidin Hill 2 4-6 8, Willem Kimm 6 3-5 15, Trevor VanDyken 1 0-0 3, Jackson Leep 1 0-0 2, Mason Venema 0 0-0 0, Ethan Venema 0 0-0 0, Flikkema 0 0-0 0, Devan Walhof 0 0-0 0. Totals: 21 9-17 56.

FORT BENTON (16-3) - Devin Bird 1 1-1 3, Landin Arganbright 0 0-0 0, Nick Marias 1 0-0 2, Hayden Diekhans 5 0-0 13, William Ullery 1 0-0 2, Jace Thompson 2 0-0 5, Jaxen DeHaven 1 2-3 5, Jacob Giles 0 0-0 0, Tim Lane 0 0-0 0, Cody Evans 2 4-6 8, Jackson Schmele 0 2-2 2, Andrew Ballantyne 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 9-12 40.

3-point goals: MC 5 (L. Leep 2, Amunrud, T. Hill, VanDyken), FB 5 (Diekhans 3, Thompson, DeHaven).

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