Tigers take down Crow Creek and Standing Rock at home
By Jay Davis
The Tigers ran their win streak to three games with home wins over Standing Rock on Monday and Crow Creek on Friday.
After a bit of a slow start, the Tigers cranked it up in the second and third quarters and ran away from Standing Rock 72-39.
“We found it difficult to get it going last night, but we did,” said coach Tim Frederick. “We got to play a lot of kids and that helped us in establishing the game as a team sport. The players who came in passed the ball well and executed the offense.”
After jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead, the Tigers leveled off and let an undermanned Standing Rock team hang around for a while. A 9-1 run to start the second quarter gave the Tigers a 26-12 lead. Jason Hill and Mason Keller were big in the second quarter. Hill hit five field goals and Keller hit two three-pointers. The Tigers outscored the Warriors 23-12 in the second quarter to open a 40-21 halftime lead.
The third quarter was all Mitch Heumiller from the top of the key. Heumiller hit four straight three-pointers and five of six in the quarter as the Tiger lead rose to 29 points.
Heumiller finished with a game-high 24 points, while adding three assists. Preston Frederick hit four three-pointers (one in each quarter) and scored a career-high 17 points. Hill finished with 14 points and six rebounds. Keller gave the Tigers four double-digit scorers with 10 points.
Defensively, the Tigers held the Warriors to just 13 field goals and picked off 13 steals.
“We had some team goals on defense,” said Frederick. “We held our last three opponents to 22 points less than their season averages.”
John Hodgkiss led Standing Rock with 13 points, but only scored two points in the second half. Saunders Young Bird scored 11 points and Michael Many Horses scored 10.
Hill had the most dominant game of his career with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Tigers defeated Crow Creek 48-38 at home on Friday.
On a night when the Tigers could not find the range from the outside (4-24 on three-pointers, 1-15 in first half), Hill came to the rescue. He scored eight of the Tigers’ 11 points in the second quarter and hit three key shots in the fourth quarter.
“It was one of those games where you come out a little disappointed because of how we shot,” said Frederick. “On the other hand, the team adjusted and found Jason. That was probably the biggest game of his career.”
While the Tigers were in control of most of the game, they were never able to take control and put a big gap in the score. The Tigers led by three after one quarter, five at half and six after three quarters.
Even though they struggled from the outside, Heumiller and Keller backed Hill up with double-digit games. Heumiller hit five of six free throws in the fourth quarter and scored 12 points. Keller hit two of the team’s four threes and scored 10 points.
Hunter Big Eagle and Devon Drapeau scored eight points each to lead the Chieftains. Chance Sazue added five points and five rebounds.
The Tigers host St. Francis Indian in the nightcap of a Lady Tigers/Tigers doubleheader at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Saturday for the Big Bop Classic.
St. Francis is just 5-6, but the Warriors have won two straight after playing Class B number one and defending state champion White River to a 64-61 in White River.
“This is a big game for us,” said Frederick. “It’s going to be a war.”
This will be just the third meeting between the two teams. The Tigers beat the Warriors 72-49 during the 1992-93 season and 77-65 in 2011.
Tuesday the Tigers head to McLaughlin for a rematch with the Midgets.
Even though the Tigers beat the Midgets 64-43 last week, Frederick knows that score can be thrown out the window.
“It’s a tough place to play,” said Frederick.
This will be the 152nd meeting between the Tigers and Midgets. The Tigers have won the last four and hold an 82-69 record in the all-time series.
Standing Rock (0-9) 9 21 30 39
Mobridge-Pollock (5-4) 17 40 59 72
Standing Rock: John Hodgkiss 5 3-8 13, Saunders Young Bird 4 0-0 11, Daniel Good Left 1 0-0 3, Michael Many Horses 3 2-2 10, Scottie Gates 0 0-0 0, Solomon Garter 0 2-2 2, Totals 13 7-12 39.
Mobridge-Pollock: Mitch Heumiller 8 3-4 24, Preston Frederick 5 3-4 17, Jason Hill 7 0-0 14, Mason Keller 4 0-0 10, Reece Wientjes 1 2-2 4, Sam Weleba 0 0-2 0, Eric Looyenga 0 1-2 1, Tanner Jerome 0 2-2 2, Totals 25 11-16 72.
3-point field goals: Standing Rock 6 (Young Bird 3, Many Horses 2, Good Left); Mobridge-Pollock 11 (Heumiller 5, Frederick 4, Keller 2). Rebounds: 15; Mobridge-Pollock 19 (Hill 6). Assists: Standing Rock 4; Mobridge-Pollock 14 (Heumiller 3, Wientjes 3). Steals: Standing Rock 1; Mobridge-Pollock 13 (Hill 3, Wientjes 3). Blocks: Standing Rock 2 (Hodgkiss 2); Mobridge-Pollock 3 (Hill 2). Total fouls: Standing Rock 16; Mobridge-Pollock 11. Turnovers: Standing Rock 19; Mobridge-Pollock 9.
Crow Creek (2-8) 8 17 31 38
Mobridge-Pollock (4-4) 11 22 37 48
Crow Creek: Devon Grant 2 1-1 5, Hunter Big Eagle 3 0-0 8, Dale Big Eagle 1 0-0 2, Chance Sazue 3 0-0 8, Theron Big Eagle 1 0-0 3, Devon Drapeau 3 0-0 8, Shane Stabler 2 0-0 4, Totals 15 1-1 38.
Mobridge-Pollock: Mitch Heumiller 2 7-8 12, Preston Frederick 1 0-0 3, Jason Hill 10 0-2 20, Reece Wientjes 1 0-0 2, Mason Keller 4 1-2 11, Totals 18 8-12 48.
3-point field goals: Crow Creek 7 (H. Big Eagle 2, Sazue 2, Drapeau 2, T. Big Eagle); Mobridge-Pollock 4 (Keller 2, Heumiller, Frederick). Rebounds: Crow Creek 17 (Sazue 5); Mobridge-Pollock 41 (Hill 19, Heumiller 7). Assists: Crow Creek 6; Mobridge-Pollock 6. Steals: Crow Creek 6; Mobridge-Pollock 4. Blocks: Crow Creek 0; Mobridge-Pollock 5 (Hill 4). Total fouls: Crow Creek 16; Mobridge-Pollock 6. Turnovers: Crow Creek 11; Mobridge-Pollock 12.