Tigers run win streak to 13 games

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By Jay Davis

Mitch Heumiller finishes a fast break for the Tigers at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday. Heumiller scored a game-high 20 points as the Tigers ran their win streak to 13 games with a 70-54 win over Standing Rock.

Mitch Heumiller finishes a fast break for the Tigers at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday. Heumiller scored a game-high 20 points as the Tigers ran their win streak to 13 games with a 70-54 win over Standing Rock.

The Tigers won their 13th game in a row with a 70-54 win over Standing Rock at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday. The Tigers had a 3-0 week after beating Todd County 70-62 at home on Saturday and Ipswich 71-64 in Ipswich on Friday.

Standing Rock
After a sluggish start, the Tigers went on a 10-0 run late in the first quarter to take a 15-11 lead. A 23-13 run in the second quarter upped the Tiger lead to 14 points at 38-24. The Tigers controlled the entire second half. The closest Standing Rock got was 54-43 with their first basket of the fourth quarter, but the Tigers answered Jalen Steele’s three-pointer with a 6-0 run and took the game home.
Pearson Wientjes stepped to the forefront for the Tigers with a monster game. Wientjes scored seven points during the Tigers’ second-quarter run and went on to record a 14-point, 15-rebound double double. He blocked a pair of Standing Rock shots for good measure.
“I’m obviously happy with Pearson,” said coach Tim Frederick. “It’s one of those games where one of our kids stepped it up.”
Mitch Heumiller, Zach Dockter and Cody Schaefbauer gave the Tigers a ton of production. Heumiller hit two threes during the second quarter run and finished with a game-high 20 points. Dockter scored 19 points and hit seven of nine shots from the field. Schaefbauer added eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“The perimeter players got a lot of things done,” said Frederick. “It was one of our better games in scoring on transition.”
Steele hit five three-pointers and led Standing Rock with 19 points. Wyatt Bailey scored 10 and Elijah Strong Heart scored nine.

Todd County
With the game tied at 57-57 at the 3:15 mark of the fourth quarter, the Tigers stepped up their pressure and took the game away from the upset-minded Todd County Falcons. A Schaefbauer steal that resulted in two Wientjes free throws gave the Tigers a lead they never relinquished. Dockter hit three of four free throws to raise the lead to 62-57. His second two charity shots started a string of 11 straight free throws the Tigers would hit in the final two minutes to pull away from Todd County.
“Hitting those free throws was huge,” said Frederick. “They allowed us to increase the lead.”
Frederick added that some defensive moves were key. Todd County had two big-time scorers in Zach Cox and Kellan Herman. Frederick had noticed that when Herman gets going, the Falcons are a tough team to beat. He put Schaefbauer on Herman and the Tiger guard held the Falcon shooter to just 10 points and just one field goal in the second half.
“Cody stepped up and did a great job,” said Frederick.
The other defensive move was to put the 6’4” Wientjes on Cox the final three minutes. While Cox did finish with 39 points, he only hit one field goal during the Tigers’ winning run.
“Cox is a big-time scorer,” said Frederick. “We made the adjustment and Pearson did a good job on him.”
While Dockter and Roberts were the team leaders on the night, the Tigers got some balance and key baskets from a lot of players. Dockter led the Tigers with 18 points and five assists. Roberts scored 17 points, including a team-high seven in the fourth quarter, and grabbed eight rebounds. Heumiller scored nine, Schaefbauer eight, Mason Keller seven and Jason Hill six.
Cox hit 13 field goals in his 39-point night. Herman was the only other Falcon to reach double figures.

Ipswich
Ipswich gave the Tigers as much trouble as any team has since the 0-3 start to the season. Ipswich was hot inside and outside in the first half and built a 32-24 lead at the half.
“It was a perfect example of Ipswich playing well, shooting outside and establishing an inside game we really haven’t seen,” said Frederick.
With Roberts and Dockter taking care of the scoring, and Roberts drawing two offensive charging calls, the Tigers fought back in the third quarter. When Heumiller drilled a three, the Tigers had erased the deficit and tied the game at 38-38. But the Tigers could not shake Ipswich and trailed by one after three quarters.
Hill came in and sparked the Tigers with two straight baskets early in the fourth quarter. His second hoop gave the Tigers a 50-49 lead and they never trail edagain. Schaefbauer hit two straight shots as the lead rose to three. Heumiller hit another three with 4:25 to play and the Tiger lead rose to 59-55. A Dockter three-ball was followed by five Schaefbauer charity shots and the Tigers pulled away for the seven-point win.
“I’m really happy with a bunch of players,” said Frederick. “Jason’s shots were huge. Our half-court defense in the second half was some of the best I’ve seen.”
Roberts led a balanced Tiger squad with 17 points and eight rebounds. Heumiller scored 13 points, while Dockter and Schaefbauer scored 11 points each. Hill added eight points.
Lane Myer led Ipswich with 20 points. Cassius Pond scored 15, Dustin Northrup 12 and Logan Secker 10.

On the road
The Tigers will hit the road for three games before finishing the regular season at home. They have two games this week, playing Crow Creek in Stephan on Friday and Stanley County in Ft. Pierre on Tuesday.
The Tigers are working their way to a .500 record against Crow Creek. Last year’s 56-42 win gave the Tigers two in a row in the series and closed the all-time gap to 5-7. The teams started playing during the 1990-91 season. Crow Creek won that game 67-62 and went on to win the first three before the Tigers won in 2002-03, the year the teams starting playing annually.
Considering that the teams first played during the 1934-35 season, the Tigers and Stanley County have not played that many times. When they have, the Tigers have been on the winning side most nights. The Tigers hold a 24-9 record in the all-time series and have won the last four. The Buffaloes have not beaten the Tigers since the 2008 district tournament.

Standing Rock (8-10) 11 24 40 54
Mobridge-Pollock (13-3) 15 38 54 70
Standing Rock: Jerome Talley 2 0-0 4, Davis Fool Bear 2 0-0 5, Wyatt Bailey 4 2-4 10, Elijah Strong Heart 4 1-2 9, Jalen Steele 7 0-0 19, Doug Calcari 2 0-0 5, Luke Chase Alone 1 0-0 2, Totals 22 3-6 54.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 7 5-7 19, Pearson Wientjes 6 2-3 14, Cody Schaefbauer 3 1-2 8, Daniel Roberts 2 0-0 4, Mitch Heumiller 9 0-1 20, Jason Hills 2 1-2 5, Mason Keller 0 0-1 0, Totals 29 9-16 70.
3-point field goals: Standing Rock 7 (Steele 5, Fool Bear, Calcari); Mobridge-Pollock 3 (Heumiller 2, Schaefbauer). Rebounds: Standing Rock 16 (Bailey 3); Mobridge-Pollock 38 (Wientjes 15, Schaefbauer 7). Assists: Standing Rock 10 (Bailey 6); Mobridge-Pollock 12 (Dockter 3, Schaefbauer 3). Steals: Standing Rock 11 (Bailey 4, Steele 3); Mobridge-Pollock 4 (Schaefbauer 2). Blocked shots: Standing Rock 0; Mobridge-Pollock 3 (Wientjes 2). Total fouls: Standing Rock 13; Mobridge-Pollock 7. Turnovers: Standing Rock 12; Mobridge-Pollock 20. JV Game: Mobridge-Pollock won.

Todd County (9-6) 10 26 46 62
Mobridge-Pollock (12-3) 15 33 51 70
Todd County: Clyde Colombe 0 0-0 0, Austin Hammer 3 0-0 7, Zach Cox 13 10-14 39, Hehaka Nunpa 2 1-2 5, Kellan Herman 3 4-4 10, Ryan Kornely 0 1-2 1, Totals 21 16-22 62.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 7 4-6 18, Pearson Wientjes 0 3-4 3, Cody Schaefbauer 2 3-4 8, Daniel Roberts 7 3-4 17, Mitch Heumiller 2 3-4 9, Jason Hill 2 0-0 4, Mason Keller 3 0-0 7, Preston Frederick 2 0-0 4, Totals 25 16-22 70.
3-point field goals: Todd County 4 (Cox 3, Hammer); Mobridge-Pollock 4 (Heumiller 2, Schaefbauer, Keller). Rebounds: Todd County 27 (Cox 6, Nunpa 5); Mobridge-Pollock 29 (Roberts 8, Wientjes 5, Hill 5). Assists: Todd County 7 (Cox 3); Mobridge-Pollock 14 (Dockter 5). Steals: Todd County 5 (Nunpa 2); Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Schaefbauer 2, Roberts 2). Blocked shots: Todd County 2; Mobridge-Pollock 4 (Roberts 2). Total fouls: Todd County 19; Mobridge-Pollock 16. Turnovers: Todd County 12; Mobridge-Pollock 12.

Mobridge-Pollock (11-3) 11 24 46 71
Ipswich (5-9) 15 32 47 64
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 5 0-0 11, Pearson Wientjes 1 0-0 2, Cody Schaefbauer 3 5-7 11, Mitch Heumiller 5 0-1 13, Daniel Roberts 8 1-1 17, Preston Frederick 1 0-0 3, Jason Hill 4 0-0 8, Mason Keller 2 0-0 6, Totals 29-59 6-9 71.
Ipswich: Brayden Thares 1 4-4 7, Logan Secker 3 4-4 10, Dustin Northrup 4 1-2 12, Cassius Pond 4 7-10 15, Lane Myer 9 2-2 20, Totals 21-47 18-22 64.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Heumiller 3, Keller 2, Dockter, Frederick); Ipswich 4 (Northrup 3, Thares). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 26 (Roberts 8); Ipswich 29 (Secker 7, Pond 7). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 10 (Schaefbauer 3); Ipswich 14 (Secker 4., Myer 4). Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 8 (Schaefbauer 5); Ipswich 6 (Meyer 3). Blocked shots: Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Wientjes 3); Ipswich 1. Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 14; Ipswich 17. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 11; Ipswich 17. JV Game: Ipswich 41-39.

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