Brett Badovinac picked up yet another handball tournament victory Wednesday night at the Butte Elks.
This time, though, it certainly was not easy.
Badovinac edge Frankie Shields 11-6 in the tiebreaker to defend his title in the annual Fall Back handball tournament. Shields won the opening game 21-19 before Badovinac bounced back to force the tiebreaker with a 21-12 victory in the second.
Badovinac won every Butte tournament — including the City Masters, City Singles and City Doubles — the past two seasons. The Fall Back tournament is the first of the 2013-14 handball season.
Shields won the Class A state singles title in Missoula this past April.
Shields beat David Starcevich in the semifinals. Badovinac topped Cole Salo to secure a spot in the chipper. Starcevich and Salo will play for third place.
First Round: Brett Badovinac d. Sean Shields, Tom Madrazo d. Phil Keating, Cole Salo d. Kevin L’Heaureux, David Starcevich d. Gary Chatriand, Scott Salo d. Blake Cassagranda
Quarterfinals: Brett Badovinac d. Tom Madrazo, Cole Salo d. Mike Hitchcock; David Starcevich d. Don Foley 21-15, 21-20; Frankie Shields d. Scott Salo
Semifinals: Badovinac d. Salo 21-10, 21-8; Shields d. Starcevich 21-17, 21-4
Finals: Badovinac d. Shields 19-21, 21-12, 11-6