Tigers back on court Friday, host Miller

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By Jay Davis

A make-up date for Friday’s Tigers at Sully Buttes game that was postponed due to icy roads has not yet been decided.
After the extended break, the Tigers will have a busy four days starting on Friday when they host the Miller Rustlers as part of a Lady Tigers/Tigers doubleheader. On Saturday, the Tigers and Lady Tigers will head east for a doubleheader date with Groton Area. The Tigers return to Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday for the first of their two matchups against rival McLaughlin.
Friday will be the 88th meeting between the Tigers and Rustlers. The series started during the 1938-39 season when Miller handed Mobridge a 32-7 setback. That one game edge holds to this day. Miller leads all time with a 44-43 record, but the Tigers have won three in a row, including beating the Rustlers last year 67-48 in the regular season and 55-45 in the Region 6A championship game.
The Rustlers are 2-3 in the early going.
While the Tigers and Groton first squared off during the 1935-36 campaign, the history between the two teams is not deep. The Tigers hold a 9-6 edge in the series after winning 69-55 last season. The teams have been playing annually since the 2002-03 season.
Groton is off to a 6-0 start and averaging more than 65 points per game.
The history is richer than rich between the Tigers and Midgets. Tuesday will be the 151st meeting between two clubs that have been knocking heads since the 1916-17 season. One hundred years of Tigers/Midgets basketball is just around the corner. The Tigers have gotten the better of the Midgets in recent contests, winning three in a row and five of the last six. Last season, the Tigers beat the Midgets 74-49 and 73-41 and hold an 81-69 edge in the all-time series.
The Midgets are 3-4 on the season after defeating Dupree 102-40 in Dupree on Tuesday.

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