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Cinderella Tearn Beats the Odd s
Bobcats Win Big Sky Tournament
They weren’t expected to win. They beat the 1, 2. and 4 seeded teams. They had the worst record. 11-16 overall. They were ranked 5th in the Big Sky Tournament. They ignored the odds and became the Cinderella team when they came away with the Big Sky Championship Title.
Although it definitely was not a single effort triumph. Tony Hampton was the man named Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He was spectatular. When the Cats were down. Hampton seemed to explode.
In the first game of the playoff, Tony Hampton stunned Ncvado Reno with an off-balance shot at the buzzer that won the first round for the Cats by an impenetrable 81-80 margin. It seemed to set the tone for the rest of the games: the fighting Bobcats were going to scratch and claw their way to a first place win.
MSU went on to outlast top seeded Northern Arizona State by 80-74. Krai Fcrch scored the game high with 26 points followed by Tony Hampton at 19 and Ray Willis with 16 points.
But it was Saturday nights game that won the title for the Cats and a chance to meet St. Johns in the NCAA Championship. It was much more than the usual Bobcat - Grizzly rivalry that kept the audience on the edge of their seats. The Big Sky Championship title was at stake.
MSU started slowly allowing Montana a 16-9 lead early in play. At that point, the Fcrch brothers began their assault of the three point field goal. By halftime, the Cats led 39-34. The Grizzlies came back and took the lead, 70-65 with five minutes left to play. The pressure was on and Tony Hampton once again came to the rescue. Of Hampton’s 27 game points, 14 were scored in the last seven minutes of play.
Krai Fcrch, tallying 28 game points, stole the ball from Montana’s Scott Zanon, passed to Hampton who hit Tom Domako for a thrilling layout that seemed to guarantee a Bobcat win.
But the Grizzlies would not give up so easily. They came within one point. Ray Willis hit from long range to lead the Cats to an 80-77 score. Montana’s two time league MVP, Larry Krystkowiak, missed a three point attempt that set up the Cat’s final triumph 82-77 score.
Stu Stamcr’s underdog team goes on to Long Beach, Ca. to represent Montana State in it’s first NCAA appearance since 1951. The All American dream lives on...
hard work, pcrservance and talent mac this 1986 basketball team winners.
by D. Boyd
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