JAY DAVIS: Tigers have big three games to finish home stand

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If you run into any folks who haven’t seen the Tigers play this season, it will be their own fault if they haven’t gotten the job done by Tuesday.

With wins over Belle Fourche and McLaughlin, the Tigers have started a five-game home stand with a 2-0 record. By Tuesday, the home stand will have been five games. If the Tigers can pull off an undefeated run on the home floor, they will have completed a 10-game winning streak.

But let’s not get too hasty. Wins must come one at a time. The next three games all present challenges and are against rival teams so anything can happen.

Besides, the Tigers have two starters and two of their top three scorers sidelined with ankle injuries.

“The big thing is, how healthy will we be?” asked coach Tim Frederick.

Daniel Roberts and Mitch Heumiller should be on the floor this weekend, but how much they can play and how much they can contribute will not be determined until the games are played out.

Chamberlain comes to town on Friday. The Tigers will play the second game of a Lady Tigers-Tigers double header and tip off around 7:30 p.m.

Chamberlain sports a 9-3 record, but dropped game in Miller on Tuesday. The loss non-with-standing, the Cubs are big hurdle for the Tigers to clear.

“We’re looking forward to the game,” said Frederick. “We want to win a conference championship and that goes through Chamberlain. It’s a big challenge. We’re going to learn something about ourselves.”

The Tigers-Cubs rivalry has been a tight one since the two teams began squaring off back in the 1964-65 season. Chamberlain beat the Tigers 58-48 in Chamberlain last season to cut the Tigers’ lead in the all-time series to 20-17.

Sully Buttes will hit the local gym on Saturday with JV action starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Chargers are young, but have won two in a row to get to 5-4 on the season.

“They’re young kids that play hard,” said Frederick. “Sully Buttes typically plays well against Mobridge.”

The Tigers hold a 39-20 lead in the all-time series that started during the 1933-34 season. The gap has been closing. The Chargers are on a 7-2 run against the Tigers, including a 65-50 win in Onida last season.

The home stand concludes on Tuesday when the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Braves hit the Bridge City. The Braves have been up and down so far and sit at 4-6 right now.

Hey, the Tigers are 7-3 right now. Throw both records out, because this is a rivalry. Tuesday will mark the 107th meeting between the Tigers and Braves.  The Tigers hold a 58-48 lead in the series, but the Braves cut into that lead last year by beating the Tigers 70-8 during the regular season and 85-83 in the District 11A title game.

By late Tuesday, we’ll know a lot more about the Tigers than we do right now. And, the Tigers will know a lot more about themselves.

 

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