Mott-Regent outpaces Bearcats for Roughrider win
When Mott-Regent and Glen Ullin-Hebron emerged from their locker rooms to begin the second half of their game Tuesday night at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center, Mott-Regent held a modest six-point lead.
Forty seconds of game time later, it was a 14-point lead. After the third quarter, it was an 18-point lead. When the final horn went off, it was a 64-40 blowout win for the Wildfire in the quarterfinals of the Roughrider Tournament, and a second half-blitz the Bearcats had no answer for.
For the first 16 minutes of the game, Mott-Regent head coach Nate Zachmann was more focused on running the fundamentals of his offense and trying to maneuver his team through Glen Ullin-Hebron's zone, but when the play resumed, his team had the green light to use its athleticism, and ultimately, that was the difference.
The Wildfire finished the latter half with a 57.1 shooting percentage, forcing several turnovers and fast break layups. Mott-Regent recorded 16 steals, 10 of which came after the break. What had been a slow-it-down game turned into a track meet, and no one benefited more than Mott-Regent's Brady Wegh.
"We noticed that when we were coming into halftime, they were a little bit tired, we just thought we've got to keep pushing the ball because they were slowing down and we weren't tired," said Wegh, who finished with 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting in just 14 minutes. "My points came off rebounds and layups. I was able to get those offensive rebounds and quick scores; that's where my points came from tonight."
For Zachmann, the execution of the offense wasn't quite where he wanted it to be, but he was happy with the way his team was able to switch gears.
"I was proud of how we came out in the third quarter. It was a spark for us," Zachmann said. "What I liked about our guys is that we stuck with it and ground it out in the first half. They maybe wanted to pull away earlier in the first half, but it really it took maybe until the middle of the third. That's when we were in attack mode."
Tanner Zentner, who hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, led the Wildfire with 20 points on 7 of 23 shooting, a lower percentage Zachmann justified by how open each of his shots were.
Hunter Crist was the third-leading scorer with 13, plus three assists and two steals. Cody Perkins added four points and the led the team in rebounds with 11. Dylan Ambers didn't score, but was often the facilitator of the Wildfire's offense, and finished with two assists.
For the Bearcats, the lead man was Braden Wehri, who scored consistently in the paint and had 16 points and nine rebounds.
But for the most part, the active Wildfire defense was able to stifle the Bearcats, who shot just 35.4 percent for the game.
"Forty points — I'll take that any day of the week. I was proud of the effort on defense," Zachmann said. "If we're giving up 40 points, I'm pretty sure we can squeak out 41 and be OK."
Mott-Regent 64, Glen Ullin-Hebron 40
GUH 10 8 9 13
MR 11 13 21 19
GUH: Braden Wehri 16, Skylar Soupir 9, Bailey Morman 6, Chase Remboldt 4, Braden Zuroff 3, Garret Soupir 2.
MR: Tanner Zentner 20, Brady Wegh 17, Hunter Crist 13, Sean Hertz 6, Cody Perkins 4, Josh Wallace 2, Isaac Frey 2.
3-pointers: GUH 2-11 (Wehri 1-4, S. Soupir 1-3, Morman 0-2, Zuroff 0-1, G. Soupir 0-1), MR 6-18 (Zentner 5-14, Wegh 1-1, Perkins 0-2, Hertz 0-1). Free throws: GUH 4-12, MR 6-11. Total fouls: GUH 10 X, MR 17. Fouled out: (Wegh). Rebounds: GUH 31 (Wehri 8), MR 34 (Perkins 11). Assists: GUH 5 (Zuroff 2), MR 11 (Crist 3). Steals: GUH 16 (G. Soupir 3), MR 16 (Perkins 3). Blocks: GUH 0, MR 1 (Hertz 1). Turnovers: GUH 16, MR 13.