Injuries can’t slow Tigers in 80-48 win over McLaughlin

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By Jay Davis

Eric Looyenga reaches in to strip the ball from McLaughlin's Shane Fetzer. The Tigers beat the Midgets 80-48 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Eric Looyenga reaches in to strip the ball from McLaughlin’s Shane Fetzer. The Tigers beat the Midgets 80-48 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday.

Having two starters out with ankle injuries did not slow the Tigers down one bit as they reeled off a season-high points in beating McLaughlin 80-48 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday.
“Kids stepped up in different roles and contributed,” said coach Tim Frederick.
The team had it going on all cylinders early, turning balanced offense and a ball-hawking defense into a game-opening 16-2 run and a 27-9 lead after one quarter.
Six different players scored in the first quarter, led by Zach Dockter with eight and Pearson Wientjes with six.
McLaughlin’s Clifford One Feather heated up in the second quarter with four three-pointers, but the Midgets could not put a dent in the Tigers’ 19-point lead. The Tigers answered and pushed the lead to 21 with Dockter scoring seven and Cody Schaefbauer scoring six.
The Midgets kept the deficit around 20 points in the third quarter before the Tigers opened the difference with an 18-8 run over the last eight minutes.
Five Tigers scored in double figures. Dockter led the way with a season-high 27 points. He added a game-high six rebounds and three steals.
“Zach is playing great basketball right now,” said Frederick.
He was joined in double figures by Schaefbauer with 14 and Wientjes with 11. Mason Keller and Preston Frederick soothed the injuries to Daniel Roberts and Mitch Heumiller by combing for 24 points. Frederick scored 13 points and Keller scored 11. Keller added a game-high five steals.
Offensively we had good flow,” said Frederick. “I have to compliment my kids on their willingness to play team basketball. I’m sure there were times last night when fans thought we were being too patient.”
Payton Tiokasin led the Midgets with 17 points and five rebounds. One Feather hit five threes in the first half and scored 15 points. The Midgets hit 11 three-pointers.
“We have to continue to get better on defense,” said Frederick. “We have to recognize better what the defense wants to do. We have to get much much better at closing out on defense. We’re jumping all over the place right now.”
Belle Fourche
The Tigers came out of the gates with an early lead and went on to defeat Belle Fourche 64-56 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday.
Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday.
Roberts was unstoppable early as he scored 12 of the Tigers’ points in the first quarter as Mobridge-Pollock jumped out to a 16-6 lead.
The rest of game was played pretty nip and tuck with the Broncs making small runs and the Tigers answering.
Belle Fourche eventually cut the lead to five points with 45 seconds left, but the Tigers forced a turnover on the Broncs’ next possession and put the game out of reach with a Schaefbauer basket with 20 seconds left.
Frederick said it was one of those games where there was never any flow. Add the fact that Heumiller and Roberts suffered sprained ankles and the Tigers were forced to switch horses in midstream. While his team and its victory were never in jeopardy, Frederick thought the Tigers played a bit out of whack at times.
“We got off to a good start. Daniel was unstoppable early,” said Frederick. “But then we started picking up silly fouls and got sloppy.”
When the chips were down, the Tigers showed their ability to keep control.
“We always felt we were in control and never panicked,” said Frederick. “We did a nice job of finishing out the game.”
Dockter and Roberts combined for 42 points to lead the Tigers. Dockter scored a game-high 22. Roberts was a basket back with 20 points. The duo split halves. Roberts scored 12 in the first half. Dockter scored 15 in the second half. Schaefbauer and Heumiller scored seven points each. Wientjes grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Jordan Mitchell led Belle Fourche with a 20-point, 10-rebound double double. Levi Grubb added 18 points.

McLaughlin (2-9)                      9 26 40 48
Mobridge-Pollock (7-3)           27 47 62 80
McLaughlin: Payton Tiokasin 7 1-1 17, Amos Talks 1 0-0 3, Thomas Little Bear 0 1-2 1, Dennis Walking Elk 1 0-1 2, Jayson Running Hawk 1 1-2 4, Clifford One Feather 5 0-2 15, Tristen Flying Horse 2 0-0 6, Shane Fetzer 0 0-3 0, Totals 17 3-11 48.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 10 5-5 27, Pearson Wientjes 5 1-1 11, Cody Schaefbauer 7 0-2 14, Jason Hill 2 0-0 4, Mason Keller 4 1-3 11, Preston Frederick 5 2-2 13, Totals 33 9-13 80.
3-point field goals: McLaughlin 11 (One Feather 5, Tiokasin 2, Flying Horse 2, Talks, Running Hawk); Mobridge-Pollock 5 (Dockter 2, Frederick 2, Keller). Rebounds: McLaughlin 22 (Tiokasin 5, One Feather 5); Mobridge-Pollock 27 (Dockter 6, Schaefbauer 5). Assists: McLaughlin 4; Mobridge-Pollock 13. Steals: McLaughlin 7; Mobridge-Pollock 13 (Keller 5, Dockter 3). Blocks: McLaughlin 2; Mobridge-Pollock 5. Total fouls: McLaughlin 13; Mobridge-Pollock 13. Turnovers: McLaughlin 22; Mobridge-Pollock 13. JV Game: Mobridge-Pollock won.

Belle Fourche (2-9)                   6 23 34 56
Mobridge-Pollock (6-3)           16 29 51 64
Belle Fourche: Ryan Nelson 1 3-4 5, Jordan Mitchell 8 2-6 20, Bryce Kudlock 0 3-3 3, Trevor Nicholas 0 0-1 0, Bryon Westland 2 0-0 4, Levi Grubb 5 5-6 18, Thomas Green 3 0-0 6, Cassidy Thompson 0 0-1 0, Totals 19 13-21 56.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 8 5-8 22, Cody Schaefbauer 2 2-4 7, Pearson Wientjes 0 0-0 0, Mitchel Heumiller 3 0-1 7, Daniel Roberts 9 2-4 20, Jason Hill 0 0-0 0, Mason Keller 2 0-4 5, Preston Frederick 1 0-0 3, Totals 25 9-21 64.
3-point field goals: Belle Fourche 5 (Mitchell 3, Grubb 2); Mobridge-Pollock 5 (Dockter, Schaefbauer, Heumiller, Keller, Frederick). Rebounds: Belle Fourche 28 (Mitchell 10); Mobridge-Pollock 30 (Wientjes 9). Assists: Belle Fourche 7 (Kudlock 3); Mobridge-Pollock 8 (Schaefbauer 4). Steals: Belle Fourche 10; Mobridge-Pollock 10 (Keller 3). Blocks: Belle Fourche 1; Mobridge-Pollock 8 (Wientjes 4). Total fouls: Belle Fourche 20 (Nicholas out); Mobridge-Pollock 22 (Hill out). Turnovers: Belle Fourche 19; Mobridge-Pollock 24. JV Game: Mobridge-Pollock won.

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