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Tigers drop Titans: New England tops Dickinson Trinity for 1st time since 1997 for Roughrider title

Press Photo by Royal McGregor New England junior forward Ty Nordby, left, goes up for a layup against Dickinson Trinity during the 43rd annual Roughrider Tournament championship on Saturday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The Tigers defeated the Titans 63-51 as Nordby finished with 17 points 10 rebounds.

In 1997, New England head coach Luke Powers won the Butte (Mont.) city 110-meter hurdle title.

The year 1997 also coincides with the last time the New England defeated Dickinson Trinity in boys basketball.

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The Tigers ended the 16-year winless stint against the Titans with a 63-51 victory in the 43rd annual Roughrider Tournament championship on Saturday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

“That’s the first time this year that I think we’ve gotten together and played real hard,” New England head coach Luke Powers said. “We weren’t necessarily focused on what the score was through the course of the game. We wanted to outrebound them and out hustle on loose balls.”

Though it was a double-digit win, New England (4-0) knew it couldn’t let Trinity have any breathing room. The Titans have rallied to defeat the Tigers in the closing seconds before.

Daniel Prince, who finished with a team-high 20 points and seven rebounds, didn’t want it to happen again.

“We just came out and we wanted to beat them,” he said. “We had all the intensity in the world and we wanted to win this game.”

Trinity (2-2) nearly made the comeback too.

After the first three quarters, New England held a 48-34 lead. Ty Nordby said no lead is a safe lead against the Titans. He was right.

“Coach told us that we had to keep and not take our foot off the pedal,” said Nordby, who ended with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. “We needed to continue to be aggressive.”

Trinity opened the fourth quarter with a Brett Mortenson jumper. Mortenson finished with 16 points and six rebounds. The jumper sparked an 11-0 run.

The closest the Titans came to New England’s lead was three points. Gregg Grinsteinner said his team played extremely hard. There were just too many turnovers, which led to points. New England scored 15 points on Trinity’s 13 turnovers.

“I thought we competed hard,” Grinsteinner said. “That’s something that we wanted to see an improvement from Thursday night and thought we did that. I thought it was a pretty clean played game, but we had a few too many turnovers.”

The Tigers and Titans went back and forth for the final two minutes. New England also made shots count at the free-throw line. The Tigers were 16 of 21 (76 percent) from the charity stripe.

New England’s scoring contributions came from everywhere on the court. Brady Bender posted 13 points and four steals, John Urlacher chipped in nine points and six rebounds. Mason Stang had a couple of crucial layups in the final minute to finish with four points.

“Everyone that came in did a great job, whether it was defense, rebounding or scoring,” Prince said about the team’s chemistry. “We’ve been playing together since the fourth grade, so everyone knows how to fill their role.”

Trinity’s senior guard Austin Deichert ended with 10 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Joe Mayer added eight points, four assists and four rebounds.

The Titans didn’t attempt a single free throw all game. On the same note, New England committed seven fouls, because the team only had seven players step on the court.

“We pressure passing lanes, so there’s not always a ton of contact,” Powers said. “We didn’t foul too much, which was good because we didn’t play a lot of kids tonight. We don’t have a ton of depth.”

Each team is going to learn from this game.

The Titans are looking to take what the team accomplishes in practice over to the game.

“It’s early in the season and we talk about improvement,” Grinsteinner said. “We need to get ready for a very good Grafton team. We have a lot of film on the learning part of it and now we have to start transferring that learning to the floor.”

New England knows it can’t sit back and be content. Prince said the team has to continually improve, because every other team in the state is going to.

“It feels great to be winning these games, but we just have to continue working hard in practice,” he said. “We need to continue to get better throughout the season, because everyone else is going to get better.”

New England 13 33 48 63

Trinity 13 26 34 51

NE: Daniel Prince 20, Ty Nordby 17, Brady Bender 13, John Urlacher 9, Mason Stang 4.

T: Brett Mortenson 16, Austin Deichert 10, Joe Mayer 8, Cole Wilhelmi 7, Shawn Stoltz 6, Willy Jahner 2, Nick Klug 2.

3-pointers: NE 3 (Prince 2, Bender 1), T 3 (Deichert 2, Wilhelmi 1). Free throws: NE 16-21, T 0-0. Total fouls: NE 7, T 16. Rebounds: NE 34 (Nordby 10), T 23 (Mortenson 6). Assists: NE 4 (Stang 2), T 14 (Deichert 5). Steals: NE 13 (Bender 4), T 4 (Deichert 2). Blocks: none. Turnovers: NE 9, T 13. Records: NE 4-0, Trinity 2-2.

Roughrider All-Tournament Team

Brady Bender, New England; Calum Blankenship, Killdeer; Tanner Fischer, Bowman County; Adam Gietzen, Glen Ullin-Hebron; Willy Jahner, Trinity; Tyson Kudrna, Heart River; Hayes LeMieux, Killdeer; Daniel Prince, New England; Shawn Stoltz, Trinity; John Urlacher, New England; Lane Voltz, Richardton-Taylor; Cole Wilhelmi, Trinity; Tyler Zentner, Mott-Regent.

Killdeer holds off Mott-Regent in 3rd-place game

The Mott-Regent boys basketball team came roaring back with the efforts of senior guard Tyler Zentner.

Yet, Killdeer held off a hot Wildfire team in the closing seconds to take a 50-46 win during the third place game.

Zentner finished with 26 points — including going 5 of 9 from 3-point range — 14 rebounds and three steals.

The Cowboys (2-2) responded with senior Calum Blankenship and sophomore Hayes LeMieux — the two big-men down low. Blankenship finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, while LeMieux added 14 points and seven rebounds.

Killdeer shot 21 of 51 for (41 percent) from the field. Mott-Regent (2-2) was 16 of 57 (28 percent). The Cowboys had a one-point, 20-19, lead at halftime.

Killdeer 12 20 35 50

MR 6 19 26 46

K: Calum Blankenship 18, Hayes LeMieux 14, Trenton Rohr 5, Cody Johnson 5, Lewis Dobitz 4, Bryton Roshau 2, Tuff Kling 2.

MR: Tyler Zentner 26, Brett Messmer 6, Brady Wegh 5, James Warner 3, Carter Honeyman 3, Austin Kautzman 2, Chance Roth 1.

3-pointers: K 1 (Rohr 1), MR 7 (Zentner 5, Warner 1, Honeyman 1). Free throws: K 7-12, MR 7-13. Total fouls: K 15, MR 9. Rebounds: K 44 (Blankenship 9), MR 32 (Zentner 14). Assists: K 8 (Rohr 3), MR 4 (Wegh 2). Steals: K 14 (Blankenship 3), MR 16 (Zentner 3). Blocks: K 1 (Blankenship). Turnovers: K 20, MR 16. Records: K 2-2, MR 2-2.

Cougars top Raiders in 5th-place game

Once the first eight minutes were over, the Heart River boys basketball team held an eight-point lead.

The Cougars maintained its lead throughout the game to finish with a 54-44 win in the fifth place game.

Cole Olson posted a team-high 14 points and six rebounds to lead the Cougars (2-3). Tyson Kudrna and Dion Madler each supplied nine points, while Wyatt Fulton and Blayne Smith each had six points. Kudrna also had three assists and two steals.

The Raiders (1-5) were led by Lane Voltz with 20 points. Lane Aune added eight points and eight rebounds.

Heart River 18 32 46 54

RT 10 21 38 44

HR: Cole Olson 14, Tyson Kudrna 9, Dion Madler 9, Wyatt Fulton 6, Blayne Smith 6, Cade Shypkowski 5, Seth Privratsky 3, Paul Hutzenbiler 2.

RT: Lane Voltz 20, Lane Aune 8, Hunter Kuntz 6, Spencer Floberg 4, Abraham Axtmann 4, Coal Kuntz 2.

3-pointers: HR 4 (Shypkowski 1, Smith 1, Olson 1, Kudrna 1), RT 0. Free throws: HR 6-13, RT 10-14. Total fouls: HR 14, RT 14. Rebounds: HR 46 (Olson 6), RT 33 (Aune 8). Assists: HR 8 (Kudrna 3), RT 2 (two tied with one). Steals: HR 10 (Kudrna 2), RT 16 (Voltz 3). Blocks: none. Turnovers: HR 17, RT 11. Records: HR 2-3, RT 1-5.

Bearcats rolls past Bulldogs in 7th-place game

The Glen Ullin-Hebron boys basketball team jumped out to a 23-11 lead at halftime and never looked back en route to a 51-37 win over Bowman County during the seventh-place game.

For the third-straight game, GUH (2-4) freshman Bailey Morman came off the bench to lead the team in points with 13. Mitchell Bettenhausen added 11 points, while Chance Glass posted 10. Chase Berger had a team-high eight rebounds.

Bowman County (0-3) senior forward Tanner Fischer had a game-high 14 points and nine rebounds. Levi Holzer came off the bench for eight points.

BC 9 11 25 37

GUH 18 23 41 51

BC: Tanner Fischer 14, Levi Holzer 8, Hunter Lanchbury 6, Chandler Braaten 5, Ryan Sime 2, John Yale 2.

GUH: Bailey Morman 13, Mitchell Bettenhausen 11, Chance Glass 10, Adam Gietzen 8, Chase Berger 6, Lucas Wagner 3.

3-pointers: BC 5 (Fischer 2, Holzer 2, Braaten 1), GUH 1 (Morman 1). Free throws: BC 2-4, GUH 4-9. Total fouls: BC 16, GUH 8. Rebounds: BC 32 (Fischer 9), GUH 33 (Berger 8). Assists: BC 6 (three tied with two), GUH 10 (Bettenhausen 4). Steals: BC 13 (Braaten 2), GUH 19 (Berger 4, Gietzen 4). Blocks: none. Turnovers: BC 19, GUH 15. Records: BC 0-3, GUH 2-4.