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Bearcats rise to the challenge, defeat Wildfire to earn third place

With a 3-pointer from sophomore Grant Gerving, the Glen Ullin-Hebron basketball team went ahead 35-34 over the Mott-Regent with six and a half minutes left in the third quarter.

Glen Ullin-Hebron senior Garret Soupir pulls up for a jump shot against the Wildfire in the third-place game of the Roughrider Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center on Saturday, Dec. 15. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Glen Ullin-Hebron senior Garret Soupir pulls up for a jump shot against the Wildfire in the third-place game of the Roughrider Tournament at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center on Saturday, Dec. 15. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

With a 3-pointer from sophomore Grant Gerving, the Glen Ullin-Hebron basketball team went ahead 35-34 over the Mott-Regent with six and a half minutes left in the third quarter.

The Wildfire answered with basket from senior forward Teddy Mayer before head coach Pat Perkins called timeout.

The Bearcats got the ball back soon after the teams took the floor again and Gerving sunk another from three-point territory. That one did the trick as his team led the rest of the game.

Outscoring the Wildfire 20-8, the Bearcats used the third quarter to takeover the game, which they went on to win 69-53, earning third in the Roughrider Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.

"Grant has the green light. We told him, if he wants to pull it from the Double-T he needs to pull it from the Double-T," Glen Ullin-Hebron head coach Greg Pruitt said. "With Grant, he's not a selfish player. A couple times he had the look and he didn't take it. We pulled him over and said, you got to take those shots because that's going to make our inside game better. Then he started buying into that. With Grant shooting, he's a pure shooter and when he has a look, he has the green light to take it."

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Gerving made all four of his game-high threes in the second half and scored 18 points while tallying three steals.

"My teammates set me up for it, I guess you could say," Gerving said. "They're in the post there and getting rebounds and I'm just set up for three, I'm spotting up. So, a lot of credit to those guys getting it to me out there."

The young sharp shooter was potent from the perimeter as senior guard Braden Zuroff paced the team with 24 points, exhibiting his talent for nailing layups and jumpers despite heavy pressure and contact.

Also contributing underneath was senior forward Mason Gerving, who netted 11 points, and senior center Braxton Rolle,who added nine points, shooting 3-for-3 from the field and sinking all three of his foul shot attempts.

"I was really impressed with our inside game tonight," Pruitt said. "We had some kids like Braxton Rolle play a nice inside game. Braden played a nice inside game. I've been telling the kids from day one, we have to have an inside presence in order for us to have a good outside game."

Going into the fourth quarter, the Bearcats lead 52-40 and were playing their best, while Mott-Regent was gassed. The Wildfire struggled to make it down the court without a Glen Ullin-Hebron defender stealing the ball or forcing the ball out of bounds.

Kicked off by a close-range jumper from Zuroff and ending with a layup from Mason Gerving, the Bearcats rattled out eight straight points early in the fourth before Wildfire senior Cody Perkins cut them off.

Perkins scored a game-high 26 points while hauling in 10 rebounds and earning every one of his team's five steals and three blocks. The 6-foot-4 post sat out a whopping 45 seconds the entire contest.

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As Pruitt noted, the Bearcats started slow and Wildfire leaped out to an 18-8 advantage. While there were plenty in the first half, turnovers seemed to happen twice as often in the second half as the Wildfire ended with 17. Glen Ullin took advantage, scoring 22 points off of turnovers.

"We were a little more focused (in the first half)," Mott-Regent head coach Pat Perkins said. "Looking back on the game, as a coach, I don't have these boys conditioned properly, ran out of gas. We practiced really hard the other day on rebounds, but we're gonna need a lot more practice."

Mott-Regent narrowly out-rebounded Glen Ullin-Hebron 48-47.

The teams face off again for the first regional game of the season on Thursday, Dec. 20.

"We need to do the same thing on offense, get it running," Grant Gerving said. "And be a lot more aggressive in the first half."

Glen Ullin-Hebron 69, Mott-Regent 53

GUH 12 20 20 17

MR 18 14 8 13

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GUH: Braden Zuroff 24, Grant Gerving 18, Mason Gerving 11, Braxton Rolle 9, Dawson Zuroff 3, Chase Remboldt 2, Garret Soupir 2.

MR: Cody Perkins 26, Asad Watson Buffalo 9, Jaden Hauck 7, Isaac Frey 6, Teddy Mayer 3, Sam Huether 2.

3-pointers: GUH 4-18 (G. Gerving 4-12), MR 4-25 (Perkins 2-11). Free throws: GUH 11-26, MR 13-17. Total fouls: GUH 17, MR 22. Fouled out: GUH, Soupir. Rebounds: GUH 47 (M. Gerving 6), MR 48 (Perkins 10). Assists: GUH 8 (B. Zuroff, M. Gerving 2), MR 3 (Frey 2). Steals: GUH 9 (B. Zuroff 4), MR 5 (Perkins). Blocks: GUH 2 (G. Gerving, B. Rolle), MR 3 (Perkins). Turnovers: GUH 10, MR 17. Records: GUH 2-1, MR 2-2.

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