Third quarter dooms Mobridge-Pollock
By Jay Davis
A disastrous third quarter doomed the Tigers in Gettysburg on Saturday as they fell 72-65 to the Potter County Battlers.
The Tigers led 37-33 at half and were looking to be in pretty good shape. Potter County started the second half with a seemingly harmless 4-0 run to tie the game. But then Mason Keller picked up two straight fouls, his third and fourth, and then Mitch Heumiller picked up his fourth foul at the 6:07 mark.
With the top two Tigers on the bench, the Battlers took advantage in a big way. Using a stifling defense, Potter County forced the Tigers into 12 third-quarter turnovers, turning many of the miscues into easy breakaway baskets. By the time the Tigers recovered, the Battlers had scored 19 straight points and taken a 52-37 lead. The Tigers did recover somewhat late in the quarter with Jason Hill and Reece Wientjes combining for five points, but still trailed 56-42 with eight minutes to play.
The Tigers tried to storm back in the fourth quarter. They started the quarter with a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 56-47. A Preston Frederick basket at the five-minute mark cut the Battler lead to six at 60-54. The lead was cut to six again with 2:25 left and to five at 68-63 with 1:35 left, but the Tiger mistakes came haunting back as Mobridge-Pollock turned the ball over on two straight possessions and the Battlers made just enough free throws to hang on for the win.
While the final turnover numbers were relatively close (Mobridge-Pollock 22, Potter County 15), it was the Tigers’ 12 turnovers in the third quarter than created the hole too deep to escape.
The first half featured a pair of long-range bombers matching wits. Keller hit four threes in the first half, while Potter County’s Kole Hawkinson hit five.
The Tigers controlled much of the action in the first half. An 8-0 run in the first quarter led to the Tigers holding an 18-12 lead after one quarter. The Battlers came all the way back to take a 33-29 lead, but the Tigers again scored eight straight to take their four-point halftime lead.
Jason Hill led the Tigers with a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double and added three blocked shots and four steals. Keller used his long-range shooting to score a team-high 18 points. Heumiller scored 12 points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter. Wientjes finished with eight points. Frederick added six points and four assists.
Hawkinson did not hit a three-pointer in the second half, but still finished with a game-game-high 19 points. Tanner Heuer scored 17 points and picked off five steals. Chayce Hall scored 15 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished seven assists. Colton Hall added 12 points.
The 1-2 Tigers will try to get back to .500 in the early season when they host the Little Wound Mustangs in the late game at the Mobridge-Rotary Classic on Saturday.
The Mustangs are 3-3 after taking fourth-place at the Lakota Nation Invitational in Rapid City. They were beaten 60-45 by Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in the third-place contest.
This will be the eighth meeting between the Tigers and Mustangs. After a 73-67 win last year, the Tigers hold a 7-4 edge in the series.
Mobridge-Pollock (1-2) 18 37 42 65
Potter County (3-0) 12 33 56 72
Mobridge-Pollock: Jason Hill 6 3-5 15, Preston Frederick 1 4-4 6, Mason Keller 6 1-4 18, Reece Wientjes 3 2-2 8, Mitch Heumiller 5 0-3 12, Ethan Kettering 1 2-3 4, Tyler Villbrandt 1 0-1 2, 23 12-22 65.
Potter County: Colton Hall 3 6-10 12, Tanner Heuer 5 6-9 17, Rease Logan 1 1-4 3, Kole Hawkinson 7 0-0 19, Caleb Meinke 1 1-2 3, Mitch Hinkley 1 1-4 3, Chayce Hall 6 3-8 15, Totals 24 18-37 72.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Keller 5, Heumiller 2); Potter County 6 (Hawkinson 5, Heuer). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 28 (Hill 13); Potter County 23 (Meinke 7, Chayce Hall 7). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Frederick 4); Potter County 15 (Chayce Hall 7). Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Hill 4); Potter County 19 (Heuer 5). Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 26 (Wientjes, Heumiller, Kettering out); Potter County 20. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 22; Potter County 15.