Melstone boys unbeatable in 4C tournament

ABE WINTER Star Staff Writer
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STAR PHOTO/Sharon Moore             Kale Gierke, (35), of Terry, Isaiah Bouchard, (32), of Melstone, Boe Eaton, (50), of Terry and Brody Grebe, (10), of Mestone crowd the lane as Grebe takes a shot during Saturday’s 4C championship game.

       Melstone proved unbeatable in District 4C in the 2017-18 boys basketball season.
      The Broncs improved to 19-0, using their strong defense to defeat  upset-minded Terry 49-30 in Saturday’s championship game at Custer County District High School.
      Both teams already had assured themselves of berths into this week’s Southern C tournament in Laurel. They will be the top two seeds representing District 4C and will be joined by Jordan and Terry.
      Jordan defeated Custer-Hysham and Wibaux downed Broadus  loser-out games Friday to also qualify as the third and fourth seeds.
      Then Jordan beat Wibaux 64-58 for third place and the No. 3 seed on Saturday afternoon.
      The weekend roundup:
        Melstone 49, Terry 30
      Melstone coach Jason Grebe has a two-time all-state selection in his son, Brody, who put on quite a show in the three victories in Miles City.
      Brody, a high-jumping 6-foot-2 junior, scored 35 points, including six dunks, in the opener, 33 in the semifinals with one dunk, and 22 in the title game with another dunk.
      But points didn’t come easy in this one and Terry led 14-8, only to have the Broncs catch up by scoring the last six points of the first quarter.
      The Broncs were ahead only 20-18 at halftime and, after allowing the first basket for a tie at 20, Melstone took control with a 13-0 run to close the quarter. Yes, the Terriers didn’t score again in the third quarter, which ended at 33-20.
      Melstone led by at least a dozen throughout the fourth quarter with Brody Grebe scoring seven straight points over a span of 2:17.
      After both the coach and his son talked about defense.
      “Defense, that’s what won it for us tonight,” the coach said. “We’re young and I played some guys who have in this environment before. They were a little nervous.”
      Brody added, “Defense is something you can always pride yourself on and you can get stops every day. You can’t shoot well every day.
      “We started out slow and we didn’t get into a rhythm right away.”
      Still it was good enough to stifle the Terriers.
      Shaydan Cooke added 11 points for the champions and the remaining 16 points were divided among six players.
      Aaron Morast led Terry with 15 points and Kale Gierke had 11 as the two combined for all but four but four of their team’s scoring.
        Jordan 64, Wibaux 58
      Once the Mustangs pulled ahead in the third quarter, they never relinquished the lead.
      After trailing only 27-26 at halftime, the score was knotted at 34 when Jordan used a 12-4 run to lead 46-38. The run was started by a 3-point lay by Keenan Murnion and ended with a field goal by Brem Phillips.
      It was 46-41 after three quarters and an entertaining fourth quarter saw Wibaux get within two on three occasions. It was 56-53 and the winners closed it out with a 7-3 finish.
      Phipps, who had a 4-point play in the first half, led Jordan with 24 points and six rebounds. Keenan Murnion added 19 points and Edward Murnion had 17.
      Leading the Longhorns were Cobe Begger with 20 points, Tel Lunde with 16 and Chance Larson with 10.
      Jordan hit seven 3-pointers, three each by Phipps and Keenan Murnion. The Longhorns had five treys, two each by Lunde and Ryelee Wiserman.
      Larson had 12 rebounds as Wibaux outrebounded Jordan 42-31.
        LOSER OUT
        Wibaux 67, Broadus 50
      Tel Lunde scored 23 points after teammate Cobe Begger netted first seven as the Longhorns ended the season for Broadus.
      Chance Larson added 16 points, Begger 12 and Ryelee Wiserman 10 for Wibaux, which led 14-8 after the first quarter and 31-18 at halftime. It was 50- 33 heading into the fourth quarter and each team had 14 points over the final eight minutes.
      Begger and Lunde each pulled down 12 rebounds and Tayden Gee of Broadus had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Tate Harmon added 10 points for the Hawks, who shot it not 26 percent (19-73) from field. They were 22 percent (6-27) on 3-pointers.
     Wibaux made 38 percent (23-58) and shot 23 percent (3-13) on treys.
       Jordan 57, Custer-Hysham 36     

      The score was knotted at 8 after one quarter before the Mustangs soared to a 33-17 halftime lead and extended it to 46-23 after three quarters before the Rebels had a 13-11 edge in the final period.
      Once again, three Murnions combined for enough points (37) to win the game — Kevin with 14, Edward with 13 and Keenan with 10. Another Murnion, DJ, had five points.
      The Rebels were led by Preston Long’s 14 points and 10 by Matlock Morrison.
        (Contact Abe Winter at or 406-234-0450.)