The Tigers got back to winning in a big way with a 70-27 win over Timber Lake at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Everything started with outside shooting. Cayden Eisemann, Braden Goehring and Bryston Goehring hit threes as the Tigers jumped out to a 9-2 lead. They went inside for two baskets before Braden Goehring hit his second three to make the score 18-5. The Tigers finished the quarter with seven straight points to take a 25-7 lead.
The second quarter was a mirror image of the first as Gavin Reinert, Zane Reinert and Eisemann hit back-to-back-to-back threes. After Zane Reinert scored on a drive and Caelan McCollam connected on a free throw, the Tigers’ lead burgeoned to 30 points at 37-7 with 4:02 left in the first half. When the first-half dust settled, the Tigers held a 46-12 lead, meaning the entire second half would be played with a running clock.
Coach TJ Knudson said that after the time off, the Tigers came out with an energy a Timber Lake team that was coming in off playing three straight nights while capturing the Little Moreau Conference Tournament title, could not match.
“Our team had energy,” said Knudson. “The awesome home crowd contributed to that energy, too.”
The Tigers played exactly the opposite in the third quarter, where a handful of mistakes, and the running clock, caused them to score just three points.
That changed in the fourth quarter when the Tigers scored 21 points, giving them three quarters with more than 20 points scored, and ran away with the 43-point win.
“I was impressed with how we pushed the ball up the court in both the JV and varsity games,” said Knudson. “It was good to see unselfish team basketball in both games.”
Eisemann led the Tigers with four three-pointers and 16 points. Bryston Goehring was the only other Tiger to hit double figures. He scored 12 points. By game’s end, 13 different Tigers scored in the game. Six players combined to knock down 11 three-pointers. Trace Cerney led a rebounding crew that dominated the boards with six rebounds.
Hank Kraft led Timber Lake with nine points.
The 11-3 Tigers have two games this week. They host 10-4 Groton Area in doubleheader action on Saturday before heading to Fort Pierre on Tuesday for a date with 7-6 Stanley County.
The action starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday with JV games being played in two gyms. The Lady Tigers start the varsity action at around 2:30 p.m.
While Mobridge-Pollock and Groton Area are playing for just the 23rd time since Mobridge won a 39-17 game in 1936, the two team are playing for the 17th consecutive season. The Tigers lead the series 12-10. In what is an unprecedented feat in Mobridge and probably Groton annals, the home team has won the last 13 games. Groton Area won a 57-54 in Groton last year.
The Tigers and Buffaloes are meeting for the 44th time in a series that dates back to a Tiger 35-12 win during the 1935-36 season. This is the 22nd consecutive season the two teams have played at least one game. The Tigers beat the Buffaloes 72-41 last year.
Timber Lake (8-8) 7 12 22 27
MPHS (11-3) 25 46 49 70
Timber Lake: Chazz Gabe 2 2-4 4, Dixon Booth 0 0-1 0, Hunter Schrempp 2 0-0 4, Hank Kraft 4 1-2 9, Brandt Ducheneaux 1 0-0 3, Brady Sandquist 1 1-4 3, Kedrick Martin 0 1-2 1, Totals 10 5-13 27.
Mobridge-Pollock: Bryston Goehring 5 0-0 13, Braden Goehring 2 0-2 6, Zane Reinert 4 0-0 9, Cayden Eisemann 6 0-0 16, Trace Cerney 1 0-0 2, Gavin Reinert 1 1-2 4, Ashton Pfitzer 1 1-2 3, Caelan McCollam 1 1-2 3, Trent Schmeichel 2 0-0 4, Uriah Sitting Dog 2 0-0 5, Blaise Thompson 0 2-2 2, Jack Faehnrich 2 0-0 4, Totals 27 5-10 70.
3-point field goals: Timber Lake 2 (Ducheneaux, Sandquist); Mobridge-Pollock 11 (Eisemann 4, Bryston Goehring 2, Braden Goehring 2, Z. Reinert, G. Reinert, Sitting Dog). Rebounds: Timber Lake 9 (Schrempp 3); Mobridge-Pollock 29 (Cerney 6). Fouls: Timber Lake 10; Mobridge-Pollock 14. Turnovers: Timber Lake 11; Mobridge-Pollock 14.