Clanked shots doom Tigers’ chances

By Jay Davis
It was not enough Tigers and too much Hank Taken Alive as McLaughlin avenged its earlier loss by defeating Mobridge-Pollock 61-58 in McLaughlin on Tuesday.“Hank was a man among boys last night,” said coach Tim Frederick. “His first half was as good a half as I’ve seen by a high school player.” 

Taken Alive scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds (seven offensive) in the first half to keep his Midgets in the game. It was a half in which the Tigers shot the ball well and pulled ahead in the last minutes. The Tigers took a 30-29 lead on a pair of Peyton Friesz free throws and then took that lead to 36-31 when Zach Dockter and Friesz hit back-to-back three-pointers.

The Tigers’ 36-31 halftime lead would vanish with a McLaughlin run midway through the third quarter. Mobridge-Pollock led 41-34 when the Midgets went on a 10-0 run to take a one-point lead.

It was a tough few minutes for the Tigers as they missed three shots right under the bucket and went 0-4 from the free throw line.

“When you miss as many bunnies in the third quarter as we did, you give a good team like McLaughlin, who played with tremendous drive, too many chances,” said Frederick. “We had great looks, we just couldn’t put them in.”

The Midgets took a three-point, 48-45 lead into the fourth quarter. The Tigers fought back and took a 52-51 lead with 5:41 to play, but the Midgets responded with a Frank Yellow Fat three and a Taken Alive two to jump ahead 56-52. The Tigers would not see the lead again.

Mobridge-Pollock trailed by three in the waning seconds, stole the ball and got a desperation three-point attempt by Peyton Friesz, but the shot did not fall and the Tigers fell to their fifth loss of the season.

“If you take away the not blocking out in the first half, the missed shots in the third quarter and the turnovers late, we actually played a pretty good game,” said Frederick.

Frederick was very pleased with the offense provided by Zach Dockter and the defense again played by Cody Schaefbauer.

Peyton Friesz did his part for the Tigers, hitting five three-pointers and scoring a team-leading 22 points. He also contributed six rebounds. Dockter hit two three-pointers and finished with 11 points. While scoring just four points, Bailley Friesz delivered eight rebounds and five assists. Pearson Wientjes added six points and a team-leading nine rebounds.

Taken Alive finished the game with a 25-point, 16-rebound, double-double.

Frederick said that in the second half when the Tigers held him to six points and four rebounds, Taken Alive did what great players do; he made the players around him better.

Tucker Demery hit three treys and scored 10 points. Dennis Walking Elk added eight points.


Belle Fourche

The energy the Tigers lacked on Friday was all there on Saturday as Mobridge-Pollock blitzed Belle Fourche 68-49 in Belle Fourche.

“I was really happy with how the kids played the game,” said Frederick. “After a four-hour trip they had a lot of energy and played a real good game.”

With Peyton Friesz hitting three threes, the Tigers jumped on top of the Broncs 18-4 in the first quarter. The Tigers ended the opening stanza on a 10-0 run. Zach Dockter hit back-to-back shots to finish the run.

The scoring flourishes continued in the second quarter. The Tigers started the quarter with a 6-2 run and ended it with a 9-2 run. Bailley Friesz scored 10 points in the second quarter.

With a 22-point lead, the Tigers protected the lead by matching the Broncs shot for shot in the third quarter. The Tigers led by 24 after three quarters. They had the lead up to 30 points before Belle Fourche earned some points back as the Tigers cleared the bench and got everyone playing time.

The game did have its curious part. Despite the Tigers dominating the game, they did commit 26 fouls and had three players foul out.

“After we jumped ahead the game got physical as Belle Fourche tried to get back in the game,” said Frederick. “It was a good four quarters for us. We played a lot of kids.”

The Friesz twins each registered double-doubles. Peyton Friesz hit six three-pointers and led the Tigers with 21 points, while grabbing 10 rebounds. Bailley Friesz scored 14 points and dominated the boards with 16 rebounds.

“I don’t think either of them played much in the fourth quarter,” said Frederick.

Dockter finished with 12 points and three assists. Daniel Roberts added six points and nine rebounds. The Tigers out rebounded the Broncs by a 53-30 margin.

Austin Kudlock led Belle Fourche with 12 points. Jordan Mitchell scored nine points and grabbed nine boards.


Cheyenne-Eagle Butte

The visiting Braves provided all the energy in beating the Tigers 70-48 at home on Friday.

“We had a bad week of practice,” said Frederick. “I was hoping we would play with more energy, but we came out flat. We didn’t take advantage of our physicality.”

The Braves took the game over in the second quarter with a 20-12 run that gave them a 28-19 lead at the half. A 22-17 run in the third quarter pushed the lead to 14 points. The Braves pulled away in the fourth quarter.

After the Tigers had been on a five-game home winning streak, they had an eight-day layoff that seemed to play a part in the Tigers not having the focus they had been displaying of late.

“You need more energy to beat a good team on a night like that,” said Frederick. “If we hadn’t had so many early turnovers and had made some free throws, maybe the game would have been different.”

The Tigers had seven turnovers and shot just three of 11 from the free throw line in the second quarter.

The Tigers did have balance if not enough production on offense. Peyton Friesz scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds and picked off five steals. Bailley Friesz scored 10 points, while leading the Tigers with nine rebounds and four assists. Daniel Roberts came off the bench to score 11 points and grab six boards, but struggled to take advantage at the charity stripe where he was just three of 10.

J’Den Shaving led the Braves with a game-high 25 points. He hit five three-pointers, including three from around NBA range. Chris Dupris backed him up with 19 points. Dysan Lends His Horse added eight points, all from the free throw line.

“When players like Shaving and Dupris are on, they are capable of beating anybody on any given night,” said Frederick.


Road games

The Tigers will play out the second half of their four-game road trip with games at Chamberlain on Friday and Ft. Yates to square off against Standing Rock on Tuesday.

The Tigers will road trip with the Lady Tigers for a double header in Chamberlain on Friday.

Game times will be 4:30 p.m. for junior varsity games and 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for varsity games. Both JV games will tip off at 4:30. The girls will play in the Oacoma gym and the boys will play in the National Guard Armory. Both varsity games will be played in the Armory with the boys going first at 6:30 and the girls to follow.

The Tigers vs. Cubs match-up has been a closely played rivalry since the two teams first clashed during the 1964-65 season. The Tigers beat the Cubs 57-55 two years ago and 66-42 last year and hold a 20-16 lead in the series.

The first of three games will start at 5 p.m. in Ft. Yates on Tuesday.

The Tigers and Warriors have not played as many games in the past as one might think. The two teams have met just 26 times with the Tigers holding a 15-11 edge. The Tigers held the upper hand and led the series 12-2 after winning their 11th straight during the 1996-97 season. The Warriors have enjoyed some success since then, winning nine of the last 12 contests. The Tigers won a 68-47 game last year to break a two-game losing streak.


Mobridge-Pollock (7-5) 18 36 45 58

McLaughlin 99-3) 15 31 48 61

Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 3 3-5 11, Cody Schaefbauer 2 1-2 6, Bailley Friesz 1 2-2 4, Peyton Friesz 7 3-3 22, Pearson Wientjes 2 2-5 6, Daniel Roberts 3 1-5 7, Joona Pyykkonen 1 0-0 2, Totals 19 12-22 58.

McLaughlin: Frank Yellow Fat 2 1-5 5, Trace Harrison 1 1-1 4, Teagen Fischer 2 1-3 5, Dennis Walking Elk 4 0-0 8, Hank Taken Alive 12 0-3 25, Tucker Demery 3 1-2 10, Amos Talks 1 0-0 3, Totals 25 4-14 61.

3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 8 (P. Friesz 5, Dockter 2, Schaefbauer); McLaughlin 7 (Demery 3, Yellow fat, Harrison, Taken Alive, Talks). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 30 (Wientjes 9, B. Friesz 8); McLaughlin 36 (Taken Alive 16). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 10 (B. Friesz 5); McLaughlin 12 (Taken Alive 5). Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 15 (Schaefbauer); McLaughlin 20 (Fischer, Walking Elk out). Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 12; McLaughlin 7. JV Game: Mobridge-Pollock 47-46.


Mobridge-Pollock (7-4) 18 36 52 68

Belle Fourche (5-6) 4 14 28 49

Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 5 2-2 12, Cody Schaefbauer 2 1-2 5, Bailley Friesz 7 0-1 14, Peyton Friesz 6 3-5 21, Pearson Wientjes 1 0-0 2, Daniel Roberts 3 0-0 6, Joona Pyykkonen 1 0-2 2, Mitchel Heumiller 2 0-1 5, Jason Hill 0 1-2 1, Totals 27 7-16 68.

Belle Fourche: Bryce Kudlock 2 0-4 6, Jordan Mitchell 4 1-2 9, Nathan Lange 1 1-4 3, Tyler Burr 2 4-7 8, Dylan Bergin 1 0-2 2, Austin Kudlock 3 5-7 12, Trevor Nicholas 3 0-1 7, Troy Horman 0 2-2 2, Totals 16 13-29 48.

3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 7 (P. Friesz 6, Heumiller); Belle Fourche 4 (B. Kudlock 2, A. Kudlock, Nicholas). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 53 (B. Friesz 16, P. Friesz 10, Roberts 9); Belle Fourche 30 (Mitchell 9). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 12 (Dockter 3, P. Friesz 3); Belle Fourche 5 (A. Kudlock 3). Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 7; Belle Fourche 8. Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 26 (Schaefbauer, Wientjes, Roberts out); Belle Fourche 17. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 19; Belle Fourche 15. JV Game: Mobridge-Pollock won.


Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (6-6) 8 28 50 70

Mobridge-Pollock (6-4) 7 19 36 48

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: Chris Dupree 7 3-8 19, Dysan Lends His Horse 0 8-10 8, Jetton Gunville 0 4-4 4, Xavier Norris 4 1-2 9, J’Den Shaving 9 2-2 25 Jacob LaPlante 1 0-0 2, Cray Allen 1 1-3 3, Ty Garreau 0 0-0 0, Totals 22 19-29 70.

Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 0 1-2 1, Cody Schaefbauer 2 3-4 8, Bailley Friesz 5 0-1 10, Peyton Friesz 3 5-5 11, Pearson Wientjes 2 0-3 4, Daniel Roberts 4 3-10 11, Mason Keller 1 0-0 3, Totals 17 12-28 48.

3-point field goals: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 7 (Shaving 5, Dupris 2); Mobridge-Pollock 2 (Schaefbauer, Keller). Rebounds: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 33 (Shaving 9); Mobridge-Pollock 29 (B. Friesz 9, P. Friesz 6, Roberts 6). Assists: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 8 (Lends His Horse 6); Mobridge-Pollock 8 (B. Friesz 4, Schaefbauer 3). Steals: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 15 (Dupris 4, Lends His Horse 3); Mobridge-Pollock 9 (P. Friesz 5). Total fouls: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 23 (Garreau out); Mobridge-Pollock 25 (Schaefbauer out). Turnovers: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 19; Mobridge-Pollock 27. JV Game: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 39-34. C Game: Mobridge-Pollock 36-31.

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