BUTTE — Butte Central senior Patrick Dolan doesn’t see much time on the court, but he’s comfortable lurking on the 3-point line when he does check in.
The Maroons rolled over visiting Anaconda 62-27 at the Maroon Activity Center on Tuesday, and the scoring gap allowed head coach Brodie Kelly to display just how deep his bench could be.
Dolan was good on four 3-pointers in the win, recording the game’s second most points (12) after teammate Cade Holter’s 18.
“I just knew if I got in to make the most of my time and really show what I can do and be myself on the court,” Dolan said after the game while being showered by praise from his teammates.
Dolan played most of the second half, showing no reservations in spotting up for clean looks from deep and battling on the defensive end.
“This guy loves hoops and he’s such an unselfish guy, and he’s always there for his teammates,” Kelly said. “Just to see him get these minutes and get some shots up, knock shots down, give him credit for that. I think he was having a lot of fun and his teammates were thrilled to see him out there so it was good, I’m excited for him.”
For Dolan, he’s not fazed by his role as a reserve. Butte Central is a 9-0 side that has designs on a long postseason run, and that’s what matters to him.
“It’s not as difficult as you’d think because of what a good team we have,” he said. “When you’re on a team that just keeps the train rolling and keeps winning, it’s fun to even be on the bench and get enthusiasm off the bench.
"But it’s important when you do get time, stay focused no matter what the score is and just play as hard as you can every minute you’re out there.”
Before the starters took a seat, Holter continued to show just how special he can be anywhere on the court.
In the second quarter, Holter recorded back-to-back steals and easy layups. Then after an Anaconda timeout, he swiped another Copperheads' pass and laid it up to give Central a 33-10 lead.
“He’s been awesome for us all year, he does a good job of that,” Kelly said. “He does such a great job of getting his hand on the basketball and anticipating. He’s played so many games, he’s seen a lot of stuff, he’s able to get his hand out there and obviously it leads to some run outs for him.”
For Anaconda, which is now 1-8 on the season, Dylan Smith showed promise in his shots from deep, draining three 3-pointers for nine points. Mike Galle had nine as well for the Copperheads.
Central next travels to Corvallis on Saturday. Anaconda hosts Missoula Loyola on Friday.