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R-Fr. Fabricio Daher Valdivia sizes up Montana Tech
R-Fr. Fabricio Daher Valdivia sizes up Montana Tech's Chris O'Niell (14) during Saturday night's game in Butte. (Photo courtesy: Al Balderas/Montana Standard)

Diggers Down Centurions in Overtime 92-84

By Scott Lemon, Yellowstone Christian College SID

BUTTE, MT — The Yellowstone Christian Centurions battled well against the Montana Tech Diggers, but fell 92-84 in overtime on Saturday night in Butte.

The teams split halves on Saturday, as the Diggers outscored YCC 38-31 in the first half, but the Centurions returned the favor in the second, winning the frame 46-39. Tech’s John Chapman hit the game-tying three-pointer from the right corner with 12.8 seconds to go to send it into extra time.

“We can play at this level. It took overtime to beat us, so I don't want our guys want to be discouraged,” said Head Coach Leonard Epps.

Redshirt freshman Fabricio Daher Valdivia caught fire in the second half, scoring 14 of his team-high 22 points to lead the way. He was joined in double-figures by Aaron Munday-Rashid with 16, and Aleksandar Brankovic and Taylan Barrett who both had 15.

Tech was paced offensively by Chris O’Neill, who put up a game-high 26 points. Flemming Okeke posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

The Centurions will face another Frontier Conference foe on Wednesday night, as they travel across town to face Rocky Mountain College. “Build on what we started right here,” said Epps on how the team will respond to Saturday’s loss. “We can play with them, but we need to get over the hump. If we can come out and play like we did tonight, we will be able to pick up a W.”

Wednesday’s game is slated for 7 p.m. on the campus of Rocky Mountain College. For more information about the season and for full game recaps, visit www.gocenturions.com.

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