Hellgate hoops likes to cram as much Missoula excitement as it can into one action-packed week.
Instead of spreading its crosstown games over its Western AA conference schedule, the Knights hit their Garden City rivals back to back in one crazy week. It pumps the energy level at games through the roof, Hellgate boys’ basketball player Devin Bray said
“We did it last year, too, but it’s nice having a crosstown week and not just a crosstown day,” said Bray, who scored six points in Hellgate’s win against Sentinel on Tuesday, the first intercity matchup of the season and the week for the Knights.
“It definitely makes you focus the whole time and not just for a day. You want to come out, show ’em what we got, and show the team we play the second time what we got as well.”
Following the Knights’ 62-43 victory at home against Sentinel, they’ll go on the “road” this weekend to visit Big Sky, a whole three miles of travel time. That game is Friday. Both are doubleheaders with the Hellgate girls’ team.
The pattern repeats in two weeks for Hellgate, visiting the Spartans on Tuesday, Feb. 18 before hosting Big Sky just two days later on a Thursday.
It’s a little added fun that the Hellgate teams get to indulge — on top of the already manic atmosphere of a rivalry game.
“It’s so loud you can’t hear the coaches yell,” Bray said with a laugh. “You just have to concentrate on the game and you have to block it out. You hear stuff from the crowd and it gets pretty intense with the crowds. It’s an awesome feeling, though.”