Tiger quickness too much of Chieftain height

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By Jay Davis


On paper it looked like it could be a tough night for the Tigers when Crow Creek came to Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Thursday. On the floor it was a different matter as the Tigers controlled the action for a 56-42 win.“I don’t think they were ready for our quickness,” said coach Tim Frederick. 

With a Crow Creek front line that featured players 6’7”, 6’6” and 6’5”, the Tigers were outsized in a big way. In fact, the Tigers trailed 9-3 in rebounding early in the contest. But that didn’t matter to the pesky Tigers. They wore Crow Creek down by midway through the second quarter and took control of the game.

“The kids did a good job getting after the ball and then protecting the elbows and blocks,” said Frederick. “Cody and Zach did a good job pressuring the ball.”

Mobridge-Pollock led 9-8 early in the second quarter when they went on a 13-4 run to take a 22-12 lead. The lead stayed at double digits into the half.

When Cody Schaefbauer scored the first six points of the second half, followed by a Peyton Friesz breakaway lay-up, the Tigers had the Chieftains doubled at 36-18. The lead would never be in doubt the rest of the contest. The final margin of 12 points came after Crow Creek ended the game on a 9-2 run.

“In the second half when we started spreading the floor the kids got the ball to the high post and made some good decisions,” said Frederick.

Peyton Friesz led the Tigers with 17 points and four steals. Schaefbauer finished with a career-high 16 points.

“Cody had a monster game defensively,” said Frederick. “That led to some easy baskets.”

Bailley Friesz added 10 points and six rebounds.

After facing the early 9-3 rebounding deficit, the Tigers out-rebounded the Chieftains 22-10 the rest of the way.

Randy Marks led Crow Creek with 16 points, but scored 14 points after the Chieftains’ fate was decided. Judson His Law added 12 points.

 

Braves next

The Tigers will shoot for their fourth win in five outings when they host rival Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in Mobridge on Friday.

“The Braves have two good guards,” said Frederick. “They’ll try and push the ball and get easy baskets off our mistakes.”

The Tigers, who hold a 58-46 edge in the all-time series, are on a four-game winning streak against the Braves. They beat Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 74-52 during the regular season and 65-46 in the District 11A Tournament last season.

The first of three games starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Tigers will join the Lady Tigers for a doubleheader in Belle Fourche on Saturday with the first game starting at 2 p.m.

The Tigers and Broncs are squaring off for the first time since the 1971-72 season when Belle Fourche won a 47-39 game. While the Broncs hold a 4-3 edge in the all-time series, the Tigers won the most important game. They beat Belle Fourche 48-46 in the consolation championship game at the 1962 State A Basketball Tournament.

Tuesday, the Tigers head to McLaughlin for the season’s second game against the Midgets. The Tigers improved their all-time record to 78-68 with a 65-55 win over the Midgets at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Jan. 10. The first game tips off at 5:30 p.m.

 

Crow Creek (7-3)8 18 26 42

Mobridge-Pollock (6-3)7 28 47 56

Crow Creek: J.J. Shields 1 0-0 2, Marquel Thompson 0 0-0 0, Randy Marks 7 2-2 16, Corey Bishop 1 0-0 2, Jacey Estes 2 0-0 6, Judson His Law 5 2-2 12, Conrad Medicine Crow 2 0-0 4, Totals 18 4-4 42.

Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 0 2-2 2, Cody Schaefbauer 6 2-3 16, Pearson Wientjes 1 1-1 3, Peyton Wientjes 7 2-2 17, Bailley Friesz 4 1-2 10, Daniel Roberts 3 0-2 6, Dylan Mickelson 1 0-0 2, Totals 22 8-12 56.

3-point field goals: Crow Creek 2 (Estes 2); Mobridge-Pollock 4 (Schaefbauer 2, P. Friesz, B. Friesz). Rebounds: Crow Creek 19; Mobridge-Pollock 25 (B. Friesz 6, Wientjes 5). Assists: Crow Creek 7; Mobridge-Pollock 7. Steals: Crow Creek 9; Mobridge-Pollock 15 (Schaefbauer 5, P. Friesz 4). Total fouls: Crow Creek 13; Mobridge-Pollock 7. Turnovers: Crow Creek 23; Mobridge-Pollock 21. JV Game: Crow Creek 36-34.

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