Tigers take down Miller for 6A title

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By Jay Davis

The Tigers’ senior starters (from left) Zach Dockter, Daniel Roberts, Pearson Wientjes and Cody Schaefbauer lead the post game celebration, hoisting the Region 6A championship plaque.

The Tigers’ senior starters (from left) Zach Dockter, Daniel Roberts, Pearson Wientjes and Cody Schaefbauer lead the post game celebration, hoisting the Region 6A championship plaque.

The Tigers saved their best for last, outscoring Miller 25-9 in the fourth quarter to win the Region 6A championship game 55-45 in Pierre on Monday.
“It was great to see the kids celebrate,” said coach Tim Frederick. “I was especially happy for the seniors. This is a senior-laden team and to get to see them celebrate was awesome.”
The Tigers trailed the Rustlers 36-30 entering the fourth quarter and had been outscored 29-16 since opening a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter.
Jason Hill got the fourth quarter started right with a basket and two free throws that cut the Miller lead to two points in the first minute. A Cody Schaefbauer steal led to a Mitch Heumiller basket that tied the game at 36-36 at the 6:37 mark.
Schaefbauer’s steal was the beginning of a fierce Tiger press that turned the game around.
The real turnaround came with four and half minutes to play. Daniel Roberts scored to tie the game at 38-38 with 4:30 to play, which was followed by a Miller turnover and a Heumiller layup that gave the Tigers a 40-38 lead at the 4:09 mark. Another turnover turned into Roberts hitting one free throw to make it 41-38 at 3:59. Roberts scored inside again to make the score 43-38 and an ensuing Miller turnover and one Heumiller free throw made it 44-38 with 2:11 to play.
The 8-0 run essentially turned the tide.
“When we went to the press, we knew that was our moment to make a run,” said Frederick. “The credit goes to the kids. They not only put pressure on the kid with the ball, they put pressure on the second kid too.”
With a lead established, the Tigers turned to the same thing that got them through the district championship, nailing down free throws to put the game away. The Tigers hit 11 free throws over the final two minutes. Throw in two more steals and tough defense when Miller did get in its half-court offense, and the Tigers pulled away for an 11-point win and the first trip to the State A Basketball Tournament since 2004.
Roberts dominated on the inside to lead the Tigers with 18 points and eight rebounds. After not scoring until his basket that tied the game at 36-36, Heumiller finished with 12 points, while adding four assists and three steals. Schaefbauer made his presence known all over the court with nine points, four rebounds, three steals, three assists and a blocked shot.
Lee Sivertsen led Miller with a game-high 20 points, while adding six rebounds and three steals. Beau Keeter scored 11 points and grabbed a team-leading seven rebounds.
Frederick was quick to cite Miller for playing an excellent game.
“Miller executed their offense as well as any team we’ve seen all season,” said Frederick.

District 11A
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte
After leading for most of four quarters, the Tigers outlasted Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 87-77 in two overtimes to win the District 11A championship in Ft. Pierre on Saturday.
The game had all the characteristics of a classic.
• After falling behind 11-7 in the first quarter, the Tigers went on a 22-2 run to take a 29-13 lead late in the second quarter.
• Trailing 53-37 early in the fourth quarter, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte went on an outside shooting spree. The Braves hit four three-pointers during a 24-8 run that tied the game at 61-61 with two minutes to play.
• Pearson Wientjes sank two free throws with 16.7 seconds left to give the Tigers a 64-61 lead.
• Xavier Norris of Cheyenne-Eagle Butte hit a 25-foot three-pointer with two seconds left to tie the game and force overtime.
• Zach Dockter hit four free throws to give Mobridge-Pollock a 71-69 lead late in the first overtime.
• Seven Annis hit the game-tying basket for the Braves to force the second overtime.
• Daniel Roberts and Mitch Heumiller hit back-to-back baskets to give the Tigers a 75-71 lead early in the second overtime.
• Dockter hit seven of eight free throws down the stretch as the Tigers pulled away for the 87-77 win.
“It was a classic, that’s for sure,” said Frederick. “The kids did a great job. Every time they (Cheyenne-Eagle Butte) hit a great shot, we reacted. The kids did a phenomenal job.”
Frederick was quick to give the Braves credit for fighting all the way back when the chips were down.
“They did exactly what they had to do,” said Frederick.
The Tigers used a high-energy game to grab control of the game in the first half. A big part of the success came from holding the Braves to one shot on most possessions. The Tigers had twice as many rebounds as the Braves in the first half.
“We did a good job holding them in check,” said Frederick. “We contested every shot and got to the boards.”
Once the Braves completed their comeback and forced overtime, the Tigers held their cool and fought off what could have been a replay of the 2011 championship game. Last season, Norris tied the game with a 22-foot shot at the end of regulation and the Braves went on to win 85-83 in overtime.
“It’s all about learning,” said Frederick. “We were in the exact position last year.”
Dockter used precision free throw shooting to lead the Tigers with a game-high 30 points. He hit 18 of 22 free throws, including 12 of 16 in the two overtimes. He added 10 rebounds for a double-double.
His free throw shooting was just a part of the Tigers’ success at the charity stripe. Mobridge-Pollock was 40 of 53 for the game. Wientjes was seven of eight and Heumiller was nine of 12.
“We shot free throws well,” said Frederick.
Heumiller finished the game with 21 points. Roberts scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Wientjes had a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double and blocked six shots. Schaefbauer added four points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Norris and Cray Allen led Cheyenne-Eagle Butte with 22 points each. Norris added six rebounds, three blocked shots and five steals. Cory Knight scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds. The Braves outscored the Tigers 36-3 from three-point land. Cory Knight and Allen hit four each, while Norris and Wyatt Knight hit two each.

Stanley County
The Tigers showed some rust after having seven days off before the Stanley County game in the District 11A semifinals at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Thursday. In what was expected to be a one-sided game, the Tigers held off an inspired Buffalo squad 60-53.
Mobridge-Pollock led all the way, but could not put Stanley County away. After the Tigers opened a 13-point, 31-18 halftime lead, the Buffaloes battled back to cut the Tiger lead to 44-39 after three quarters.
The visitors hung around the entire fourth quarter, but never got the game back to square one as the Tigers held on for the seven-point win.
Dockter led the Tigers with 18 points and five steals. Heumiller scored 10 points. Roberts scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds. Wientjes scored six points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out five assists and picked off four steals.
Tucker Fischbach led Stanley County with five three-pointers and a game-high 23 points. Brady Washechek scored 12 points. Kevin Anderson recorded a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.

Region 6A championship game

Miller (16-5) 9 25 36 45
Mobridge-Pollock (18-5) 14 23 30 55
Miller: Drew Beilke 1 2-2 4, Preston Blackwell 1 3-55, Lee Sivertsen 7 4-5 20, Beau Keeter 4 3-4 11, Haydn Herman 2 1-1 5, Totals 15 13-17 45.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 2 0-0 4, Pearson Wientjes 1 2-4 4, Cody Schaefbauer 3 2-4 9, Mitch Heumiller 2 8-10 12, Daniel Roberts 8 2-4 18, Preston Frederick 1 0-0 2, Jason Hill 1 2-2 4, Mason Keller 1 0-0 2, Totals 19 16-24 55.
3-point field goals: Miller 2 (Sivertsen 2); Mobridge-Pollock 1 (Schaefbauer). Rebounds: Miller 31 (Keeter 7, Sivertsen 6); Mobridge-Pollock 37 (Roberts 8). Assists: Miller 4 (Blackwell 2); Mobridge-Pollock 9 (Schaefbauer 4, Heumiller 4). Steals: Miller 9 (Keeter 4, Sivertsen 3); Mobridge-Pollock 12 (Schaefbauer 3, Heumiller 3, Hill 3). Blocked shots: Miller 0; Mobridge-Pollock 3). Total fouls: Miller 23 (Sivertsen out); Mobridge-Pollock 18 (Dockter out). Turnovers: Miller 20; Mobridge-Pollock 14.

District 11A championship game

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (10-11) 11 18 37 64 71 77
Mobridge-Pollock (17-5) 12 31 51 64 71 87
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: Cory Knight 4 0-1 12, Xavier Norris 9 2-2 22, Cray Allen 8 2-2 22, Wyatt Knight 2 1-2 7, Nolan Keckler 1 0-2 2, Seven Annis 3 0-0 6, Derrick Marrow 1 0-0 2, Justin LaPlante 1 0-2 2, Brockton Veit 0 2-4 2, Totals 29 7-15 77.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 6 18-22 30, Pearson Wientjes 3 7-8 13, Cody Schaefbauer 0 4-8 4, Mitch Heumiller 6 9-12 21, Daniel Roberts 7 2-3 16, Preston Frederick 1 0-0 3, Totals 23 40-53 87.
3-point field goals: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 12 (C. Knight 4, Allen 4, Norris 2, W. Knight 2); Mobridge-Pollock 1 (Frederick). Rebounds: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 37 (C. Knight 9, Norris 6, W. Knight 6); Mobridge-Pollock 49 (Wientjes 12, Dockter 10, Schaefbauer 8, Roberts 7). Assists: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 7; Mobridge-Pollock 10 (Schaefbauer 3, Roberts 3). Steals: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 10 (Norris 5); Mobridge-Pollock 16 (Schaefbauer 5, Heumiller 4). Blocked shots: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 6 (Norris 3); Mobridge-Pollock 12 (Wientjes 6). Total fouls: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 37 (C. Knight, Norris, Allen, Annis out); Mobridge-Pollock 16. Turnovers: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 22; Mobridge-Pollock 25.

District 11A semifinal game

Stanley County (2-19) 12 18 39 53
Mobridge-Pollock (16-5) 17 31 44 60
Stanley County: Kevin Anderson 5 0-0 10, Brady Washechek 4 2-2 12, Tucker Fischbach 8 2-3 23, Blake Onken 1 0-0 2, Colten Dragaset 0 0-0 0, Kaiden Karst 3 0-0 6, Totals 21 4-5 53.
Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 7 3-6 18, Pearson Wientjes 2 2-2 6, Cody Schaefbauer 3 0-0 6, Daniel Roberts 3 1-1 7, Mitch Heumiller 5 0-1 10, Jason Hill 1 1-2 3, Mason Keller 2 1-2 5, Preston Frederick 2 0-0 5, Totals 25 8-15 60.
3-point field goals: Stanley County 7 (Fischbach 5, Washecheck 2); Mobridge-Pollock 2 (Dockter, Frederick). Rebounds: Stanley County 27 (Anderson 10, Dragaset 6); Mobridge-Pollock 26 (Roberts 7, Wientjes 5). Assists: Stanley County 10 (Dragaset 4); Mobridge-Pollock 14 (Wientjes 5). Steals: Stanley County 12 (Anderson 3, Fischbach 3); Mobridge-Pollock 16 (Dockter 5, Wientjes 4). Blocked shots: Stanley County 2 (Anderson 2); Mobridge-Pollock 3 (Wientjes 2, Roberts). Total fouls: Stanley County 16; Mobridge-Pollock 10. Turnovers: Stanley County 21; Mobridge-Pollock 15.

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