By Jay Davis
The Tigers put a five-game losing streak in the back seat quickly with a 21-5 run in the first quarter and went on to defeat McLaughlin 73-52 at Mobridge-Pollock High School Gym on Tuesday.
“In preparing for the game we talked about getting out fast,” said coach Tim Frederick. “We played well together.”
Frederick said the Tigers played good team defense, which helped on both ends of the court.
“They (McLaughlin) wanted to create by dribbling and penetrating,” said Frederick. “We covered the gaps. The help defense was getting there.”
With the defense doing its job, the Tiger offense started the game on an 11-1 run. Brendan Walking Elk was hot early and scored nine points in the first quarter.
McLaughlin scored the first five points of the second quarter to get within 12 at 23-11, but the Tigers answered with five of their own. After that the game was never in question as the Tiger lead hovered around 20 the rest of the way.
Noah Chase torched the nets with four three-pointers and six of seven free throw shooting to produce a career-high 24-point game. Walking Elk scored all 12 of his points in the first half. Dante Fischer scored 10 points, all in the second half. Caleb Dockter and Gary Wollman added eight points each.
Shane Agard led McLaughlin with 15 points and eight rebounds. Mark Black Cloud scored nine points and William Brown Otter scored seven.
The Tigers controlled the boards with a 30-18 rebounding edge. Fischer led with eight rebounds. Jordan Bachmeier grabbed seven boards.
The win is in the books and the losing streak is past, but the Tigers are still a work in progress.
“We have to continue to get better,” said Frederick. “We have to get better under the basket, on offense and on defense.”
The Tigers host the Crow Creek Chieftains on Friday as part of a Tiger/Lady Tiger double header on Friday and then host the Standing Rock Warriors on Monday.
Crow Creek comes to Mobridge sporting a 5-4 record. The Tigers beat the Chieftains 59-56 in Stephan last season.
“Crow Creek is a good team,” said Frederick. “Everybody should come see them on parents’ night.”
Frederick added that this has become a rivalry game and the Tigers love to play the Chieftains.
“The games are usually dog-fights,” said Frederick.
The Tigers and Chieftains have been playing since the 1990-91 season. After winning the last five, the Tigers have an 8-7 lead in the all-time series.
The Tigers are looking to avenge a loss in the Standing Rock series. The Warriors took down the Tigers 77-68 in Ft. Yates last season. The Tigers had won four straight in the rivalry before that and hold a 19-13 lead in a series that dates back to the 1965-66 season.
“Standing Rock has probably one of the best guards we’ll play all year,” said Frederick. “They also have a couple of bigs. They’ll be a challenge.”
McLaughlin (3-8) 5 20 34 52
Mobridge-Pollock (2-5) 21 36 57 73
McLaughlin: Trent Thompson 2 0-0 6, William Brown Otter 2 1-2 7, Shane Agard 5 3-3 15, Mark Black Cloud 3 2-3 9, Dorian White 2 1-2 6, Alex One Horn 1 0-0 2, Adam Rough Surface 1 0-0 2, Leon Brown Otter 2 0-0 5, Totals 18 7-10 52.
Mobridge-Pollock: Dante Fischer 4 0-0 10, Caleb Dockter 3 2-4 8, Noah Chase7 6-7 24, Jordan Bachmeier 0 3-8 3, Brendan Walking Elk 5 1-2 12, Gary Wollman 2 4-4 8, Lucas Ulmer 2 0-0 4, Jaidon Sjomeling 1 0-0 2, Carson Keller 1 0-0 2, Totals 25 16-27 73.
3-point field goals: McLaughlin 9 (Thompson 2, W. Brown Otter 2, Agard 2, Black Cloud, White, L. Brown Otter); Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Chase 4, Fischer 2, Walking Elk). Rebounds: McLaughlin 18 (Agard 8); Mobridge-Pollock 30 (Fischer 8, Bachmeier 7). Assists: McLaughlin 5 (Thompson 2, Agard 2); Mobridge-Pollock 12 (Walking Elk 4, Fischer 2, Chase 2). Steals: McLaughlin 0; Mobridge-Pollock 4 (Dockter 2). Fouls: McLaughlin 22; Mobridge-Pollock 13. Turnovers: McLaughlin 8; Mobridge-Pollock 7.