Wildfire start hot, take down BearcatsMott-Regent scored the first 16 points and never looked back Tuesday night.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
Mott-Regent scored the first 16 points and never looked back Tuesday night.
The Wildfire barely played their starters in the second half and stormed past Glen Ullin-Hebron 63-33 in the quarterfinals of the Roughrider boys basketball tournament at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
“Coach stressed that a lot, just getting up and getting going right away, getting a good start and getting a good lead,” Mott-Regent senior center Nate Fries said.
The Wildfire (3-0) followed those orders to the letter.
The Bearcats (0-3) didn’t score until Chandler Schmidt hit a floater on the right baseline with 2:28 remaining in the first quarter.
The Wildfire led 22-6 at the end of the first quarter and expanded on that in the second quarter when they tore out on a 20-1 run to take a 42-9 lead.
Mott-Regent led 46-14 at halftime.
“They come out and competed,” Mott-Regent head coach Wayne Heckaman said. “We’re still trying to fine tune all the little things. That’s what makes the good teams great is the little things. We’ve got some things to polish up.”
Fries and senior forward Jonah Honeyman each had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Wildfire. Chad Mosbrucker added 10 points, four rebounds and four assists. McCahen Schweitzer added nine points and seven rebounds.
“They’re just so athletic and tall,” Glen Ullin-Hebron head coach Mike Schirado said. “We don’t match up particularly well with them at all.”
Dylan Diede and John Duppong each had seven points to lead the Bearcats, who were outrebounded 60-31 and shot just 22 percent from the field.
Glen Ullin-Hebron outscored Mott-Regent 19-17 in the second half as backups played most of the minutes.
Mott-Regent takes on 10th-ranked Dickinson Trinity at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals. Glen Ullin-Hebron faces Bowman County at 4:30 p.m. in the consolation semifinals.
“Thursday is a big test,” Heckaman said. “That’s going to show us where we’re at and what we need to improve on and where we go from there.”
GUH 6 14 24 33
MR 22 46 56 63
GUH: Dylan Diede 7, Chandler Schmidt 7, John Duppong 7, Tyler Patton 3, Lance Duppong 2, Mitchell Bettenhausen 2, Adam Gietzen 2, Aron Vidales 2, Dylin Patton 1.
MR: Jonan Honeyman 13, Nate Fries 13, Chad Mosbrucker 10, McCahen Schweitzer 9, Tyler Zentner 5, Taylor Zentner 4, Mark Steiner 4, Logan Haberstroh 4, Jacob Greff 1.
3-pointers: GUH 1 (Schmidt), MR 3 (Mosbrucker 2, Schweitzer). Free throws: GUH 8-14, MR 14-26. Total fouls: GUH 20, MR 14. Fouled out: (GUH Gietzen). Rebounds: GUH 31 (Garret Womack 5, L. Duppong 5), MR 60 (Ty. Zentner 9). Assists: GUH 3, MR 16 (Mosbrucker 4, Ta. Zentner). Steals: GUH 6, MR 6. Blocks: GUH 3 (Schmidt 2), MR 3. Turnovers: GUH 16, MR 14. Records: GUH 0-3, MR 3-0.