Midgets avenge loss, beat Tigers 64-60
By Jay Davis
McLaughlin avenged its loss in Mobridge by handing the Tigers a 64-60 loss in McLaughlin on Tuesday.
“You have to give them (McLaughlin) credit,” said coach Tim Frederick. “They are a much improved basketball team. They played hard, moved the ball well and found the open man. Their big guys killed us.”
The Tigers, namely Preston Frederick, came out on fire. Frederick hit three straight long shots to give the Tigers an early 9-0 lead. The Midgets found their bearings after that, but the Tigers led 19-12 after one quarter.
The Midgets turned around and outscored the Tigers 17-11 in the second quarter. McLaughlin used a 17-6 run to take a 29-25 lead until Frederick hit a three and Mason Keller turned a steal into a hoop to give the Tigers a 30-29 lead at the half.
McLaughlin used a 9-2 run early in the third quarter, powered by Clifford One Feather and Tyrone Cadotte three-pointers, to retake the lead and held the lead 42-39 at the end of three quarters.
After having scored just two points in the first three quarters, Payton Tiokasin came alive in the fourth quarter. Tiokasin scored five points as the Midgets opened a 47-41 lead. He fueled a 6-0 run with two offensive put-backs, giving the Midgets a 58-47 lead with just three minutes to play.
The Tigers fought back late. Mitch Heumiller hit a three with 1:20 left to close the gap to 62-56. Frederick hit his sixth three of the game with 1:07 to play, making it 62-59. After Frederick hit one of two free throws to cut the deficit to two, the Tigers forced a Midgets turnover but could not hit the game-tying basket. Tiokasin ended the game by scoring his 16th point of the quarter.
Frederick said the game was a great learning opportunity for a team that is still learning about itself.
One of the big things learned was what it can be like to play on the home floor of a huge basketball town like McLaughlin.
“We discussed it in great detail,” said Frederick. “The McLaughlin crowd was there by 5:30 for the C game.”
The Tigers looked a bit shaken late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter when they committed six of their 12 turnovers.
“We threw the ball around like it was a beanbag,” said Frederick. “We have to do a much better job of taking care of the ball and controlling the tempo on the road.”
Frederick led the Tigers with a game-high 22 points and added five rebounds. Heumiller finished with 15, including seven of eight free throws. Reece Wientjes scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds. Jason Hill hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds and scored six points.
Tiokasin used his big fourth quarter to lead the Midgets with 18 points and seven rebounds. Colten Cadotte scored inside for 14 points and grabbed seven boards. Patryc Jordan added 12 points, while Tyrone Cadotte and Clifford One Feather scored nine points each.
The Tigers got behind early and never got back over the hump in dropping a 55-52 decision to St. Francis Indian at home on Saturday.
“St. Francis is one of the top three teams we’ve played all year,” said Frederick. “They are well-coached and have great athletes.”
The ultra-quick Warriors got to the Tigers early and opened a 19-11 lead after one quarter. The second quarter was more of the same. St. Francis pushed the lead to 34-20 by halftime.
The Tigers made some adjustments and took the Warriors’ quickness away in the third quarter. Hill became the dominant force with eight points. His scoring along with two Keller threes led the Tigers on a 22-7 run and a 42-41 lead after three quarters.
St. Francis center Charles Broken Leg took the game over early in the fourth quarter. He went on a one-man 6-0 run that gave the Warriors a 47-42 lead. They would never trail again. The Tigers cut the lead to one point at 52-51 on a rebound and put-back by Hill, but the Warriors hit three free throws down the stretch to preserve the win.
“I fell like we played great. We just fell short,” said Frederick. “I’m super proud of the kids’ effort. They are working hard and there is no quit in them.”
Hill and Keller shared scoring honors with 14 points each. Frederick scored 13 points and dished six assists. Hill had a team-leading nine rebounds.
Broken Leg led the Warriors with a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double. Jess Bordeaux scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half. Jacob Black Bear added nine points and four assists.
The Tigers hit the road on Friday to square off against 9-3 Chamberlain. The Cubs have won four of five including a 70-63 win over Miller last night.
This will be the 39th meeting between the Tigers and Cubs. The Tigers have won three of the last four, including a 63-47 win last year. The Tigers lead the all-time series 21-17.
Mobridge-Pollock (5-6) 19 30 39 60
McLaughlin (8-6) 12 29 42 64
Mobridge-Pollock: Preston Frederick 7 2-4 22, Mitch Heumiller 3 7-8 15, Reece Wientjes 3 2-4 8, Jason Hill 2 2-2 6, Mason Wientjes 2 0-0 5, Tyler Villbrandt 0 1-2 1, Ethan Kettering 1 1-2 3, Totals 18 15-22 60.
McLaughlin: Patryc Jordan 4 3-6 12, Tyrone Cadotte 4 0-0 9, Payton Tiokasin 6 4-4 18, Colten Cadotte 6 2-3 14, Tristen Flying Horse 1 0-0 2, Clifford One Feather 3 0-0 9, Totals 24 9-13 64.
3-point field goals: Mobridge-Pollock 9 (Frederick 6, Heumiller 2, Keller); McLaughlin 7 (One Feather 3, Tiokasin 2, Jordan, T. Cadotte). Rebounds: Mobridge-Pollock 27 (Hill 10, Frederick 5, Wientjes 5); McLaughlin 25 (Tiokasin 7, C. Cadotte 7). Assists: Mobridge-Pollock 10 (Hill 4, Wientjes 3); McLaughlin 9 (T. Cadotte 3). Steals: Mobridge-Pollock 6 (Hill 3); McLaughlin 5 (Tiokasin 2, T. Cadotte 2). Total fouls: Mobridge-Pollock 14 (Heumiller, Keller out); McLaughlin 18. Turnovers: Mobridge-Pollock 14; McLaughlin 12.
St. Francis Indian (6-7) 19 34 41 55
Mobridge-Pollock (5-5) 11 20 42 52
St. Francis Indian: Ska Black Bear 0 0-2 0, Dru Espinoza 1 2-2 4, Jacob Black Bear 2 5-7 9, Jess Bordeaux 6 1-2 15, Charles Broken Leg 7 3-6 17, Thane Witt 1 0-2 2, Robert Jordan 1 0-0 2, Lowan Bad Hand 1 1-1 3, Totals 20 13-22 55.
Mobridge-Pollock: Preston Frederick 4 4-5 13, Mitch Heumiller 3 0-0 7, Reece Wientjes 0 1-2 1, Jason Hill 7 0-0 14, Mason Keller 4 2-5 14, Gary Wollman 0 0-1 0, Noah Chase 1 0-0 3, Totals 19 7-13 52.
3-point field goals: St. Francis Indian 2 (Bordeaux 2); Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Keller 4, Frederick, Heumiller, Chase). Rebounds: St. Francis Indian 16 (Broken Leg 11); Mobridge-Pollock 26 (Hill 9, Wientjes 5). Assists: St. Francis 7 (J. Black Bear 4); Mobridge-Pollock 11 (Frederick 6). Steals: St. Francis Indian 10; Mobridge-Pollock 7. Blocks: St. Francis Indian 2; Mobridge-Pollock 5 (Hill 3, Keller 2). Total fouls: St. Francis Indian 20 (Broken Leg out); Mobridge-Pollock 21 (Heumiller out). Turnovers: St. Francis Indian 12; Mobridge-Pollock 13.