Defense was a big reason the Montana Tech mens basketball team got as far as they did last season and this year it looks as if the Orediggers defense will be it's calling card again.  In this afternoon's season opener against Portland Bible College at the Montana Tech HPER complex, the Orediggers held the Arrows scoreless for the first 14:58 of the game and came away with a lopsided win, 109-24.  The Diggs defense forced 30 turnovers in the rout, including 19 steals . But a big lead coupled with solid defense generally means a lot of minutes for the reserves, both the Oredigger starters and the bench showed a lot of firepower offensively as well as fastbreaks, assists and dunks ruled the afternoon at Kelvin Sampson Court.

Bellach, Ure lead the way with 16 each.

Levi torgerson drives as Caleb Bellach trails on the Oredigger fastbreak Saturday afternoon vs. Portland Bible College.
Levi Torgerson drives as Caleb Bellach trails on the Oredigger fastbreak Saturday afternoon vs. Portland Bible College.

Starters Caleb Bellach and Michael Ure led the way for the Orediggers with 16 apiece in the game, both primarily in the first half.  Bridger Deden came off the bench to score 10 and Three Forks product Owen Long had two impressive dunks, both in traffic, to account for 4 of his 8 points.  Keeley Bake also contributed 8 points in the win while Bozeman's Ty Huse scored 6 in his Oredigger debut.  Huse is the son of Oredigger great Brad Huse and the younger brother of since-graduated guard Drew Huse whose winning three-pointer against Carroll College in last season's Frontier Conference championship game is still being talked about.  Compete stats are available here.  The Orediggers will be in action next Friday afternoon at 4pm as they host Bacone College in the Montana Tech Tipoff Classic.  Click here for tickets.

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