Win streak ends, Tigers drop last two games

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By Jay Davis

Zach Dockter flips a reverse layup to the hoop for two points. Dockter scored a game-high 23 points, but Cheyenne-Eagle Butte beat the Tigers 74-71.

Zach Dockter flips a reverse layup to the hoop for two points. Dockter scored a game-high 23 points, but Cheyenne-Eagle Butte beat the Tigers 74-71.

All good things must come to end and so did the winning streak for the Mobridge-Pollock Tigers. The second longest winning streak in Tiger history came to and end at 15 games in row on Friday night in Winner when the Warriors beat the Tigers 70-55. On Monday, the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Braves exacted their revenge for an earlier defeat and beat the Tigers 74-71 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium.

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte
The Braves got even with the Tigers for the season by outlasting the Tigers 74-71 in the Tigers’ home lair on Monday.
“The Braves played well and they shot well,” said coach Tim Frederick. “We had too many turnovers and weren’t very good on the glass.”
The Braves hit the floor running and shot ahead 22-11 after one quarter. The Tigers started chipping away and they ran off a 12-0 run that closed the gap to one point at 28-27. The Tigers eventually took a 32-31 lead before the Braves ended the half on an 8-3 run to take at 39-35 lead at the intermission.
Zach Dockter caught fire in the third quarter with nine points helping the Tigers to a 19-13 run and a 54-52 lead with just eight minutes to play.
But most of those final eight minutes would belong to the Braves and Justin LaPlante, who came off the bench on fire. He hit three treys in the first half and then scored 12 points in the fourth quarter.
The Tigers, meanwhile, could not get the key points to stay with the Braves. After the Braves opened the quarter with a 7-1 run to take a 59-55 lead, the Tigers never got back to square one.
“We didn’t play well fundamentally and that helped Cheyenne-Eagle Butte,” said Frederick, “but the credit goes to the Braves.”
Dockter led the Tigers with a game-high 23 points. Mitch Heumiller scored 15. Jason Hills scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Cody Schaefbauer scored nine points and grabbed seven boards.
Cray Allen led the Braves with 22 points and 10 rebounds. LaPlante finished with four treys and 21 points. Xavier Norris scored 15 points, grabbed 10 boards, dished out six assists and picked off seven steals.

Winner
The Tigers’ 15-game winning streak came to an abrupt end with a 70-55 loss in Winner on Friday.
“This was another one of those games where we just couldn’t get it going,” said Frederick. “Although the final score is not indicative of how close the game was. You have to give them credit for knocking all those free throws down.”
The Warriors hit 20 of 21 free throws from late in the third quarter to the end of the game, including an incredible 14 in a row in the fourth quarter by Ben Connot. The success at the charity stripe put away a game that was as close as 58-52 midway through the fourth quarter.
Early on the Tigers looked like they might get on a roll. The Tigers jumped out 10-2 and led 14-7 late in the first quarter when momentum took a giant leap to the other team’s bench. Winner scored the last four points of the first quarter and the first five points of the second quarter to take a 16-14 lead. After Daniel Roberts scored to tie the game, the Warriors took off on a 13-0 run. That translates to a 22-2 run that took a Tiger seven-point lead and turned it into 13-point deficit.
The Tigers kept fighting and trying to get back in the game, but Winner’s ability to make free throw after free throw sealed the Tigers’ fate and sent them to their first loss since Dec. 15.
Roberts had a huge night for the Tigers with 21 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Heumiller scored 12, while Pearson Wientjes added eight points and five boards.
Connot finished 16 of 17 from the free throw line and led Winner with game-high totals of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Nathan Galbraith scored 11 points and Tanner Fritz scored 10. The Warriors outscored the Tigers 26-5 from the free throw line.

Districts next
The Tigers enter the postseason as the top seed in District 11A. They will host 2-17 Stanley County on Tuesday at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium.
After the letdown of the long winning streak coming to an end, Frederick is happy to get his team back on the practice floor for a week straight.
“They know it’s going to be a long week,” said Frederick. “We have to work on the fundamental things.”

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (9-10)   22 39 52 74
Mobridge-Pollock (15-5)          11 35 54 71
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: Nolan Keckler 2 0-1 4, Wyatt Knight 1 0-0 2, Xavier Norris 4 7-15, Jacob LaPlante 2 2-2 6, Cray Allen 10 2-7 22, Cory Knight 1 0-0 2, Justin LaPlante 8 1-3 21, Blake Farlee 0 2-2 2, Totals 28 14-24 74.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 7 7-9 23, Cody Schaefbauer 3 1-4 9, Pearson Wientjes 1 3-4 5, Daniel Roberts 3 1-2 7, Mitch Heumiller 4 7-10 15, Jason Hill 3 3-3 9, Mason Keller 1 0-0 3, Totals 22 22-32 71.
3-point field goals: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 4 (Justin LaPlante 4); Mobridge-Pollock 5 (Dockter 2, Schaefbauer 2, Keller). Rebounds: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 34 (Norris 10, Allen 10); Mobridge-Pollock 33 (Hill 10, Schaefbauer 7). Assists: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 17 (Norris 6, Allen 4); Mobridge-Pollock 8 (Schaefbauer 2, Roberts 2, Hill 2). Steals: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 15 (Norris 7); Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Dockter 2, Keller 2). Blocked Shots: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 3; Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Wientjes 3, Hill 2). Total fouls: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 25 (Allen, C. Knight out); Mobridge-Pollock 21 (Heumiller out). Turnovers: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 13; Mobridge-Pollock 20.

Mobridge-Pollock (15-4) 14 18 39 55
Winner (10-8) 11 29 46 70
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 3 0-1 6, Cody Schaefbauer 3 0-0 6, Pearson Wientjes 4 0-0 8, Daniel Roberts 9 2-6 21, Mitch Heumiller 5 1-4 12, Jason Hill 0 2-2 2, Totals 24 5-13 55.
Winner: Ben Connot 6 16-17 30, Isiah Old Lodge 3 2-4 8, Taylor Buus 1 0-1 3, Brendon Harter 2 1-2 5, Nathan Galbraith 3 4-6 11, Zach Pederson 0 1-2 1, Tanner Fritz 4 2-2 10, Sam Naasz 1 0-0 2, Totals 20 26-34 70.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 2 (Roberts, Heumiller); Winner 4 (Connot 2, Buus, Galbraith). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 25 (Roberts 9, Wientjes 5, Hill 5); Winner 31 (Connot 10, Fritz 6). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 6; Winner 6. Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 6; Winner 10 (Connot 4). Blocked shots: Mobridge-Pollock 8 (Roberts 4); Winner 0. Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 23 (Dockter out); Winner 14. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 16; Winner 12.

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