HELENA – The Frontier Conference men’s championship comes down to Saturday’s Saints-Bulldogs matchup.
No. 10 Montana Western already owns a share of the Frontier Conference championship. Sitting at 13-4 overall, no other team can overtake the Bulldogs.
No. 6 Carroll College could claim a share of the title if they were to knock off the Bulldogs. In that scenario the Saints and Bulldogs would post identical 13-5 conference records.
“They’re working really hard,” Saints coach Carson Cunningham said. “Saturday night is gonna be fun. Montana Western presents a mighty challenge.”
Perhaps more importantly, the winner of Saturday’s contest gains the No. 1 seed in the postseason and the rite to host.
Each team held serve on their home court. The Saints won in Helena 77-63 on Jan. 4. The Bulldogs responded with an 88-77 win in Dillon.
“We all know it’s a final,” Alejandro Santos Piqueras said after the Saints claimed a 69-64 win over No. 19 Lewis-Clark State College on Thursday night. “We’ve been talking about it all year. We knew it was going to be the last game. We’ve been working very hard the whole year to be ready for this game. We’ll all ready. Ready to go. 48 hours.”
Western defeated Rocky Mountain College 82-79 in Billings on Thursday night. It was the fifth consecutive win for in Dillon.
Carroll enters the game having won seven of its last eight games.
The game will feature two of the best players in the Frontier Conference in Carroll College’s Ryan Imhoff and Montana Western’s Dom Robinson.
And, of course, the season finale will also be Senior Night for Carroll’s Imhoff, Oliver Carr, Patrick Colberg, Lorel Johnson and Kyle Nickol.
It’s tough to imagine a better or more fitting regular season finale.