BY ANDY VIANO // JAN 11, 2019
Every time things got tight, Michael Schwarz was there to relieve the pressure.
The junior guard sank five 3-pointers, including when his team needed them most, and the Glacier Wolfpack swept crosstown rival Flathead on Friday night at a packed Glacier High School.
The Wolfpack (3-4, 2-0 Western AA) boys won 46-35 in a game they never trailed, but the Braves kept making mini-pushes to raise the blood pressure of Glacier fans. That’s when Schwarz had the answer.
With a 20-5 lead down to 23-18 at halftime, the home team came out of the locker room and scored five quick points, capped by a Schwarz triple, to push the margin back to 10. When Flathead closed to within 31-26 at the end of the third quarter, Schwarz opened the fourth with a 3-pointer, and when the Braves made their final thrust midway through the fourth, Schwarz delivered the dagger to extend the lead to 41-29.
Other than Schwarz, both teams had a tough time finding points. No other player scored in double-figures and the game marked the lowest scoring output for both teams this season. Tannen Beyl had nine points to lead Flathead (4-4, 1-1).