Third quarter dooms Tigers in home opener
By Jay Davis
Potter County played party crasher and spoiled the Tigers’ home opener with a 56-46 win at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday.
The third quarter decided the outcome as the Battlers outscored the Tigers 16-5, leaving the Tigers to play with a deficit the final eight minutes. The Tigers never found a rhythm and were never closer than seven points in the fourth quarter.
“We got sloppy. We started the second half with five turnovers in seven possessions,” said coach Tim Frederick. “That set the tone for the game.”
After falling behind, the Tigers were forced to hack away at the Battlers in an effort to try and close the gap. Potter County did not give those points back as they hit 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.
“I was trying to keep a positive frame of mind,” said Frederick. “I thought we would turn it around.”
Frederick said the weight of losing the home opener falls on his shoulders.
“I’ll take the heat on this one,” said Frederick. “All of the stuff we’ve been working on had them thinking too much out there.”
The Tigers showed some offensive spark in the first half. The Tigers led 17-12 early in the second quarter after an 11-5 run that started with a 6-0 run late in the first quarter. But the Tigers went cold after that, allowing the Battlers to score 10 straight points. Trailing 23-19 late in the half, Daniel Roberts hit a hoop and Cody Schaefbauer hit a three to give the Tigers a 24-23 halftime lead.
Schaefbauer led the Tigers with 14 points, including 10 in the first half. Daniel Roberts scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. He scored eight points in the fourth quarter. Mitch Heumiller scored nine points and Pearson Wientjes added four points, while hauling in a game-leading eight rebounds.
Kole Hawkinson scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Battlers. Hawkinson hit three treys and made seven of eight free throws in the second half. Chayce Hall scored 13 of his 19 points in the second and led the Battlers with six rebounds and three assists.
Frederick said that Hall’s play was the difference in the game.
“Hall controlled the tempo,” said Frederick. “He controlled the second half.”
The Sully Buttes game scheduled for last night at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium has been postponed with a tentative mak- up date set for Jan. 26.
That gives the Tigers some time off to work on things and start taking steps forward as a basketball team. The Tigers have the Christmas holiday off before hosting Little Wound at the Mobridge Rotary Classic next Friday.
“We, as a basketball team, have to shoot better than that,” said Frederick. “Our shooters have to start shooting the ball well.”
Potter County (3-0)10 23 39 56
Mobridge-Pollock (0-3)12 24 29 46
Potter County: Chayce Hall 5 7-12 19, Tanner Heuer 0 1-2 1, Tate Nafziger 1 0-0 2, Mitch Hinkley 0 1-2 1, Dave Vander Vorst 2 0-0 4, Eric Worth 1 1-3 3, Kole Hawkinson 5 9-10 22, Chase Sievers 0 4-8 4, Totals 14 23-37 56.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 0 0-0 0, Cody Schaefbauer 6 0-0 14, Pearson Wientjes 1 2-4 4, Mitch Heumiller 4 1-2 9, Jason Hill 2 0-0 4, Daniel Roberts 5 2-5 12, Cody Hanson 1 0-0 3, Totals 19 5-11 46.
3-point field goals: Potter County 5 (Hawkinson 3, Hall 2); Mobridge-Pollock 3 (Schaefbauer 2, Hanson). Rebounds: Potter County 24 (Hall 6); Mobridge-Pollock 33 (Wientjes 8, Roberts 6). Assists: Potter County 8 (Hall 3); Mobridge-Pollock 8 (Dockter 3). Total fouls: Potter County 19 (Nafziger out); Mobridge-Pollock 27 (Dockter, Wientjes, Heumiller out). Turnovers: Potter County 20; Mobridge-Pollock 26.