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KALISPELL -- Bigfork proved to be the better of the one-loss teams in the Western B Divisional boys' marquee matchup on Saturday at Kalsipell Flathead's gym.

The Vikings (22-1) controlled the game throughout, topping Florence (21-2) 65-54 to earn the West's No. 1 seed to state. The Falcons make the trip to the state tournament as a No. 2 seed.

Loyola Sacred Heart also punched its ticket, winning two games on Saturday, including a thrilling 57-56 win against Thompson Falls in the third-place game.


Bigfork 65, Florence 54

A quartet of Vikings reached double figures in the win, with some late-game free throws helping them get there.

Anders Epperly hit just one field goal but was 10 for 13 from the free-throw line, including a 7-for-8 effort in the fourth quarter. Epperly finished with 12, Jonathan Landon had 13 and Adam Jordt added 10. 

Joseph Potkonjak's five 3-pointers and 17 points led Bigfork.

Florence's Levi Clagett scored 15 points, 11 coming in the fourth quarter as the Falcons tried to scramble back in the game. Cody Liles added 11 points, but the Falcons were just 10-for-21 shooting from the free-throw line.


Loyola Sacred Heart 57, Thompson Falls 56

Parker Davis sent Loyola to state by drilling a game-winning 3-pointer in the third-place game's final seconds.

Trailing 56-54, Davis hit the climactic triple with just 7.6 seconds remaining. Thompson Falls' rebuttal was off the mark as the Rams clinched the division's final state berth.

Davis finished with a game-high 14 points; teammate Strother Cooper added 12 for Loyola (17-9).

Trais Hoisington and Joe Frields led the Bluehawks (12-12) with 12 points apiece.


Thompson Falls 64, Libby 42

Hoisington put Thompson Falls' state dreams on his back to win a morning elimination game and advance to the third-place consolation final.

Hoisington tallied 24 points, including 18 in T. Falls' middle periods when it outscored Libby 39-16.

The Loggers, who ended the season at 13-10, got 12 from Ryggs Johnston. 


Loyola Sacred Heart 59, Deer Lodge 47

The Rams eliminated Deer Lodge in early consolation play to reach the third-place game.

Parker Davis put up 21 points and 10 boards for Loyola, which also got 10 points from Lochlin Ermatinger and seven assists from Cooper.

Cade Benjamin and Brandon Porter churned out matching 17-point efforts for Deer Lodge, which ends the year at 9-16.