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Arlee Warriors win State C on the heels of their viral suicide-prevention video

Posted: Mar 04, 2018 9:51 AM Updated:

(BUTTE) When the champions were against the ropes, Arlee coach Zanen Pitts called on his warrior leaders.

Arlee took body blows from Manhattan Christian in the Class C boys basketball state championship in front of a capacity crowd of 6,000-plus fans at the Civic Center on Saturday. But Phillip Malatare and Will Mesteth helped lift the Warriors to a 66-58 win, capturing Arlee’s second consecutive Class C state title over Manhattan Christian.

“Zanen told us as seniors, when it came down to the last minute, he told us, ‘Seniors, this is your guys’ game, take over and just win the game.’ That’s what we did,” said Malatare, who scored 18 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, dished out five assists, and swiped four steals in another monster game for the star senior.

Click here to watch highlights of the championship game.

The win by the Warriors comes just days after a video featuring the players went viral, racking up more than 700,000 views and 28,000 shares on Facebook. 

The video presents a powerful message about suicide awareness and prevention, and they dedicated the state tournament to fighting suicide and encouraging others to be warriors in the fight.

If you are in crisis and want help, call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline anytime at 1-800-273-TALK or text “MT” to 741741

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