Tigers beat Little Wound for first win
By Jay Davis
After falling behind early, the Tigers found their rhythm and defeated Little Wound 73-67 in the Rotary Classic at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Friday.
Little Wound, and namely Anthony Hopkins, had it going early as Hopkins scored 11 points and the Mustangs took a 16-11 lead in the first quarter.
The Tigers clawed back in the second quarter. Daniel Roberts scored seven points as the Tigers worked back to square one and tied the game at 29-29 at the intermission.
The Tigers started scoring two baskets to Little Wound’s one late in the third quarter to ease ahead 46-41 and then started the fourth quarter with a game-deciding 7-0 run. Once ahead 53-41, the Tigers matched wits with Hopkins to stay ahead.
The Little Wound marksman, who scored 42 when the Mustangs beat the Tigers in Kyle last year, scored 21 points in the fourth quarter alone, trying to get his team back in the ball game.
The Tigers had the answer inside in Roberts who responded with 10 points in the fourth quarter. The Tigers also had some free throws settle in the net over the last eight minutes. Zach Dockter was four-for-four and the team hit eight free throws down the stretch.
Roberts led the Tigers with 23 points and five rebounds. Mitch Heumiller scored seven points in the third quarter and finished with 14. Dockter hit six straight free throws and scored 13. Cody Schaefbauer added nine points and Mason Keller came off the bench to hit two three-pointers and grab five rebounds. Pearson Wientjes grabbed a game-high six rebounds.
Hopkins went one-up on last year’s performance with a game-high 43 points, but his Mustang teammates combined for just 24. Ebert Long Soldier was the next leading scorer with eight points.
The Tigers will try to build off their first win of the season with a pair of games this weekend and another on Thursday. The Tigers head to Miller on Friday, come home to face Groton on Saturday and go to McLaughlin on Tuesday for the first of two regular season games against their storied rivals.
The Tigers will try to make it two wins in a row in Miller in Friday. The Tigers won a come-from-behind 65-63 thriller in Mobridge last year. The Rustlers lead the all-time series 44-41.
The home team has won the last four games in the Groton series. Groton won a 51-47 game in Groton last season. The Tigers lead the series 8-6.
The Tigers and Midgets will be meeting for the 149th time in McLaughlin on Tuesday. The Tigers hold a 79-69 edge in a rivalry that dates back to the 1916-17 season. Mobridge won two of three last year, including a 74-49 win at McLaughlin in the District 11A tournament.
Little Wound (3-3) 16 29 41 67
Mobridge-Pollock (1-3) 11 29 46 73
Little Wound: Anthony Hopkins 16 6-11 43, Cody Young Bear 0 4-6 4, Ebert Long Soldier 3 1-2 8, Nate Brown Bull 2 0-0 4, Shane Rooks 0 2-2 2, Garrick Stands 1 0-2 2, Christian Young Bear 1 0-0 2, Francis Thunder Hawk 0 2-4 2, Totals 23 15-27 67.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 3 6-6 13, Pearson Wientjes 1 1-2 3, Cody Schaefbauer 4 1-2 9, Daniel Roberts 9 5-7 23, Mitch Heumiller 5 2-5 14, Jason Hill 1 1-4 3, Alex Greger 1 0-0 2, Mason Keller 2 0-0 6, Totals 26 16-26 73.
3-point field goals: Little Wound 6 (Hopkins 5, Long Soldier); Mobridge-Pollock 5 (Heumiller 2, Keller 2, Dockter). Rebounds: Little Wound 32 (Hopkins 5, Long Soldier 5, Christian Young Bear 5); Mobridge-Pollock 27 (Wientjes 6, Roberts 5, Keller 5). Total fouls: Little Wound 23 (Hopkins out); Mobridge-Pollock 20 (Dockter, Schaefbauer out). Turnovers: Little Wound 21; Mobridge-Pollock 12.