Dominant 4th quarter helps Indians collar Bulldogs for D-VII championship

Aaron Tuttle owned the 3rd quarter for the Indians, and finished with a game-high 17 points (click image for slide show).

Aaron Tuttle owned the 3rd quarter for the Indians, and finished with a game-high 17 points (click image for slide show).

InStorySRP copyThe #5 Butte Valley Bulldogs held a one-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter of the NSCIF Division-VII title tilt on Saturday. However, the #3 Happy Camp Indians dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 20-6, for a 45-32 win at Shasta College.

Zack Hensley accounted for all of the Bulldogs’ first period points, giving Butte Valley a 6-5 lead at the end of one quarter.

The Bulldogs also edged the Indians in the second stanza, 10-9, for a 16-14 advantage at halftime. Austin Martinez scored five, and Hensley registered four points. Chuuk Harrison had four for the Indians.

Butte Valley was enjoying a six-point margin in the third quarter, 22-16, when Happy Camp’s Aaron Tuttle decided to take over the game for a bit. A steal-n-score made it 22-18. Trevor Allen dished to Zack Hensley, extending the Bulldogs’ lead back to six, but Butte Valley wouldn’t score again until the final 30 seconds of the period. Tuttle grabbed a rebound and went coast-to-coast, 24-20. An old fashion 3-point play by Tuttle made it 24-23. Another length of the court trip after securing a rebound by Tuttle gave the Indians the lead 25-24, with 1:33 on the clock. A pair from the charity stripe by Allen put Butte Valley on top again 26-25, going into the final frame.

After the Bulldogs made it 28-25, Kohl Williams connected from downtown, tying the game 28-28. Another Tuttle steal-n-score gave Happy Camp back the lead 30-28. Jacob Field knotted it 30-30. Williams put the Indians in front for good with a 3-ball, 33-30. Back-to-back buckets by Harrison made the score 37-30. Shaye McCartney scored with 3:20 to play, 39-30. Field broke the Indians’ run, with a basket, 39-32. The last six points of the game came on Happy Camp free throws–two for Tuttle, two for Williams and two by Dakota Estep, for a 45-32 final.

Tuttle had a game-high 17 points. Harrison and Williams put up 12 points each. The Indians were 10/17 at the free throw line.

Hensley led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Martinez added seven, and Field contributed five points. Butte Valley was 9/16 at the line.

Happy Camp finishes the season at 12-7. Defending D-VII champions Butte Valley ended 10-16.

The 2018 NSCIF Division-VII champion Happy Camp Indians.

The 2018 NSCIF Division-VII champion Happy Camp Indians.

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