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Sports : School : Alberton Last Updated: Feb 14th, 2006 - 13:24:50

Panthers end regular season 17-1; named top seed at District
By Mark Hebert - Clark Fork Chronicle
Feb 11, 2006, 13:07

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Alberton came into the week with the number one seed and a bye in the District 13/14 C locked up, but still managed to keep their intensity up in wins over Noxon and St. Regis to put the icing on the cake of a 17-1 regular season.

Bouncing back from their first loss of the season against Charlo on Jan. 30, the Panthers eked out a 40-38 win against Noxon Jan. 31 before pounding St. Regis on Senior Night, 72-28.

“It was pretty exciting,” said senior Tony Baumbach after the St. Regis win. “We played a pretty good game overall.”

In the Noxon win Alberton got all of their forty points from Kort Graf (16), Brandon Kohlwes (12), Geof Dehne (7), and Cody Nagy (5.) The four Panthers that scored in the Noxon win all average double digit scoring on the season (12.8, 13.9, 12.7 and 12.5) and all but Dehne sat out the start of the St. Regis game on Senior Night.

Levi Radford, Tony Baumbach, Matt Vicek and Garry Shinn were honored for the contributions they have made to the basketball team in some or all of the last four years. In their start against the Tigers, they didn’t miss a beat.

Vicek started things off for the Panthers with two quick baskets and a Baumbach rebound on the defensive end translated into a Dehne free-throw on the offensive end giving Alberton a 7-0 lead halfway through the quarter. Alberton went on to a 14-4 lead at the end of one and outscored the Tigers 32-6 in the second.

Alberton cruised the rest of the way for the 72-28 win, getting 11 from Dehne and Kohlwes, 10 from Radford and Nagy, eight from Cody Kohlwes, six from Graf, four from Vicek, three from Jordan Marvin and two from Baumbach, Patrick O’Rourke and Matt Lausch and a point from Jeremy McKirdy.

“It was our last game at home as seniors so it was important to us to go out on a high note,” said Shinn. “It felt pretty good, just a relaxed atmosphere. We did alright tonight.”

Though out-manned and outsized, St. Regis played with as much class as anyone in District 13/14 C, outscored the Panthers 12-9 in the third quarter and were led in scoring by Jeff Jensen who notched 10.

Next up for the Panthers is a Thursday matchup with the winner of the Hot Springs-Two Eagle River game on Wednesday. During the regular season Alberton blasted Two Eagle River, 93-44 and Hot Springs 83-49, but from there the competition gets fierce.

District 13/14 C boasts six teams with above .500 records including the second seeded Charlo team that handed Alberton its only loss this season and Philipsburg, who the Panthers beat twice this season, but only by two points each time.

“I think we look pretty strong as a number one seed,” said Shinn. “We’ll have more rest then everyone else and that should help. There is some pressure being the number one seed, but it just makes it bigger if we win.”

Shinn said that sitting to watch the first day’s action may be a little nerve racking, but added that he and his teammates know how to get each other going.

“We will probably be pretty nervous but we will shake that off,” said Shinn. “This is a great bunch of guys and we’ve been playing basketball together since we were freshmen so we know what we need to do. This is it for us.”

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