Mobridge-Pollock splits first two games

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By Jay Davis

Reece Wientjes and Jadrian Guy of Britton-Hecla fight for a loose ball on the baseline, resulting in a foul called on Guy.The Tigers beat the Braves 48-46 in the season opener at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday.

Reece Wientjes and Jadrian Guy of Britton-Hecla fight for a loose ball on the baseline, resulting in a foul called on Guy.The Tigers beat the Braves 48-46 in the season opener at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday.

The Tigers opened the season by splitting a pair of home games. They defeated the Britton-Hecla Braves 48-46 on Saturday, but were beaten 55-32 by the Aberdeen Roncalli Cavaliers on Monday.

Roncalli
Putting the ball in the strings proved to be a major problem for the Tigers on Monday against Aberdeen Roncalli. Mobridge-Pollock shot just 30 percent from the field, including a mere five of 26 from three-point land. The misses allowed the visiting Cavaliers to pull away in the second and third quarters.
While the Tigers did not shoot the ball well, coach Tim Frederick found there were bright spots in the effort the Tigers put out on the floor.
“At times we played really well,” aid Frederick. “We did a great job dealing with their pressure, both on the ball and on the wings. Our kids have the potential to really improve.”
The Cavaliers were never in jeopardy after opening the game on a 13-5 run.
“We got caught too often early with no post defense,” said Frederick.
The Tigers made the adjustment and closed to within 22-17 midway through the second quarter, but by then the Tigers were over the foul limit. The Cavaliers took advantage, hitting 11 of 13 charity shots in the quarter and running the lead back to 10 by halftime.
Roncalli put the game away with an 11-3 to start the second half. The run gave the Cavaliers an 18-point lead. The Tigers did not get closer than 15 points the rest of the game.
Shooting woes led to the Tigers not having double-digit scoring in any quarter. Mason Keller and Mitch Heumiller scored nine points each. Heumiller played appreciable minutes in his return from knee injury. Jason Hill chipped in with four points and a game-leading eight rebounds.
Brayden McNeary led the Cavaliers with 14 points and six rebounds. Lucas Lorenz scored 13 points, while Zach Andera scored nine points and grabbed five caroms.

Britton-Hecla
Jason Hill hit two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to lift the Tigers to a 48-46 win over Britton-Hecla in the season-opener on Saturday.
Things looked to be going Britton-Hecla’s way after the first 16 minutes. The Braves outscored the Tigers 20-14 in the second quarter and led the Tigers 33-25 at the half.
“We were kind of figuring out how we wanted to play,” said Frederick.
That all changed when the Tigers busted out a 15-3 run in the third quarter to turn the eight-point deficit into a four-point lead.
“We made some adjustments in the second half,” said Frederick. “We were more aggressive than in the first half.”
The fourth quarter was a low-scoring battle with the two defenses dominating the play.
The Braves battled back to tie the score at 46-46 on a jumper by A.J. Andresen.
The Tigers failed to score on their first shot of their last possession, but a hustling rebound by Reece Wientjes gave the team a new life and set the stage for Hill’s late heroics.
“You have to give the Britton-Hecla kids credit,” said Frederick. “They hung in there.”
Frederick said a couple of keys for the Tigers were handling the press and hard work on the boards. After the Braves had outrebounded the Tigers 15-9 in the first half, the Tigers held a 22-10 edge in the second half.
“We got clean rebounds,” said Frederick.
The “clean” rebounding gave the Tigers the chance to send outlet passes to the guards and allow the offense to hustle to the other end of the court.
Keller led the Tigers with 21 points, including four three-pointers and 14 points in the first half. Hill finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Preston Frederick added eight points.
Preston Holland led Britton-Hecla with 12 points and eight boards. Adresen scored nine points and Eric Wegleitner scored eight.

Battlers
The Tigers hit the road for the first time on Saturday. They head to Gettysburg to face off against the Potter County Battlers.
The Tigers and Battlers will be squaring off for the 93rd time in a series that dates all the way back to the 1925-26 season. The Tigers lead the all-time series 63-29. The Battlers defeated the Tigers 56-46 in Mobridge last season, breaking an eight-game Tiger winning streak.

Aberdeen Roncalli (2-0) 13 27 48 55
Mobridge-Pollock (1-0) 8 17 28 32
Aberdeen Roncalli: Zach Andera 1 7-8 9, Layne Holzer 1 0-0 3, Zach Schaefbauer 1 0-0 2, Brayden McNeary 4 5-7 14, Lucas Lorenz 4 5-8 13, Daniel Holsmstrom 4 0-0 12, Jayden Everson 1 0-0 2, Totals 16 17-23 55.
Mobridge-Pollock: Ethan Kettering 1 0-0 2, Preston Frederick 0 0-0 0, Reece Wientjes 0 0-0 0, Jason Hill 2 0-1 4, Mason Keller 3 0-2 9, Mitch Heumiller 4 1-3 9, Noah Chase 2 0-0 5, Sam Weleba 1 0-0 3, 13 1-6 32.
3-point field goals: Aberdeen Roncalli 6 (Holmstrom 4, Holzer, McNeary); Mobridge-Pollock 5 (Keller 3, Chase, Weleba). Rebounds: Aberdeen Roncalli 25 (McNeary 6, Andera 5, Schaefbauer 5); Mobridge-Pollock 21 (Hill 8, Keller 4). Assists: Aberdeen Roncalli 4; Mobridge-Pollock 6. Steals: Aberdeen Roncalli 6; Mobridge-Pollock 11 (Hill 3). Total fouls: Aberdeen Roncalli 11; Mobridge-Pollock 21 (Kettering, Frederick, Wientjes out). Turnovers: Aberdeen Roncalli 12; Mobridge-Pollock 16.

Britton-Hecla (0-1) 13 33 36 46
Mobridge-Pollock (1-0) 11 25 40 48
Britton-Hecla: Eric Wegleitner 1 6-8 8, Tanner Roehr 2 0-0 4, Cully Olson 1 2-5 4, Tanner Heitmann 0 1-1 1, Jadrian Guy 2 0-1 4, A.J. Andresen 4 1-3 9, Preston Holland 5 1-2 12, David Flanery 1 2-2 4, Totals 16 13-22 46.
Mobridge-Pollock: Ethan Kettering 0 1-2 1, Preston Frederick 3 2-5 8, Reece Wientjes 0 0-0 0, Jason Hill 2 5-6 10, Mason Keller 7 2-4 21, Noah Chase 1 0-0 3, Sam Weleba 2 0-0 5, Totals 15 10-17 48.
3-point field goals: Britton-Hecla 1 (Holland); Mobridge-Pollock 8 (Keller 5, Hill, Chase, Weleba). Rebounds: Britton-Hecla 25 (Holland 8, Wegleitner 6); Mobridge-Pollock 31 (Hill 8, Keller 5). Assists: Britton-Hecla 6; Mobridge-Pollock 10 (Wientjes 3, Keller 3). Total fouls: Britton-Hecla 17; Mobridge-Pollock 20. Turnovers: Britton-Hecla 11; Mobridge-Pollock 16.

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