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HELENA —  Bernard McGinley led the Butte High boys basketball team to the state championship in 1932.

Eighty-five years later, in Capital's Bears' Den, two of his great grandsons — Matt McGinely and Mark Northey — sparked the Bruins to a 54-42 overtime win over the Bulldogs.

In the waning moments of regulation on Thursday night, with CHS trailing 42-39, McGinley drained a buzzer-beat from 3-point land to force overtime.

Then in the fifth period, he fired in three more treys and lay-up off a long in-bounds pass from Northey, as the hosts outscored Butte 12-0 in the fifth period and won going away.

"We haven't practiced that play in three weeks, and there were two guards in there filling someone else's spots," Capital coach Guy Almquist said. "But the guys just know the play, and the way they executed it to perfection was unbelievable. But of course, when the shot goes in it really makes it look good."

McGinley finished with 25 points, while his cousin, Northey, was next with nine points and tied for the team-high of six rebounds with Michael Nettleton.

In an evenly contested back-and-forth regulation, Butte scored first on a 3-pointer by Kale McCarthy, and streaked out to an early 9-0 lead.

Capital's first points on its home court came with 3:57 left in the first quarter, when Cade Kidder canned a trey.

Butte went on to lead at the end of each quarter; 9-6 after the first, 18-16 at halftime and 34-29 heading into the final period.

The Bulldogs took their biggest lead of the night of six points, 37-31, on a pair of free throws by Clay Ferguson. He finished with a team-high 14 points.

But then the Bruins outscored the Bulldogs 8-5 as Capital's Bridger Grovom's 3-pointer made it 42-39 with 36 seconds on the clock.

On the opponent's ensuing in-bounds, Capital stole the ball, and wound the clock downs setting up McGinely's heroics.

"We showed our youth and inexperience down the stretch there, turning the ball over on the in-bounds," Butte coach Luke Powers said. "We're starting four sophomores and a junior. But our guys battled hard, and we'll continue to improve."

Almquist said he was "very happy" for McGinley, "he's such a hard-working" player.

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"And Mark Northey's contributions can't be overlooked. He was the third guy off the bench, but he was prepared to perform when we needed him," said the Bruins coach, adding that Capital was playing with five guards in the final period. 

Capital 54, Butte 42 (OT)

Butte  9 9 16 8 0 - 42

Capital 6 10 13 13 12 - 54

BUTTE: Kash Kelly 8, Tommy Mellott 8, Clay Ferguson 14, Kale McCarty 6, Trevor Roth 6.

CAPITAL: Matt McGinley 25, Cade Kidder 8, Bridger Grovom 6, Mark Northey 9, Alaric Greil 3, Peyton Koch 3.

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