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Titans and Bulldogs set to face off in New Year's Eve championship finals

51st Annual Roughrider Basketball Tournament’s second round features blowouts and buzzer beaters.

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Roughrider Tournament consolation semi finals.
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DICKINSON — As the second round of the 51st Annual Roughrider Basketball Tournament came to a close, fans were treated to a series of compelling games featuring everything from major blowouts and narrowly decided games.

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Cade Wyant shooting a three-point shot.
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The tournament, which began on Dec. 19, has been delayed two times due to severe weather. Picking up where the teams left off, Friday and Tuesday’s games saw all teams bring their very best for their schools and fans.

The semi-finals featured some standout performances, with Trinity easing their way to the finals to face Bowman County who narrowly secured the victory, setting the stage for a New Year’s Eve showdown. Meanwhile, Hettinger-Scranton and Heart River earned their chances to compete in the consolation finals, looking to end the tournament on a high note.

Trinity defeated Killdeer 67-24

KHS 8-7-2-7– 24
THS 18-24-15-10– 67

Trinity continued down their war path, keeping the Cowboys scoring opportunities to a minimum from the start of the game — totalling 18 steals and 21 defensive rebounds.

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The Titans secured a 10-point lead by the end of the first quarter and would significantly extend the distance before the end of the first half with an additional 24 points scored. Despite the second quarter being their highest scoring quarter in the game, the largest lead came in the third, by way of 45 points at 67-22.

Jake Skobe just barely missed out on a double-double, with 24 points and nine steals. Jace Kovash and Cade Fitterer were the next two leading scorers, with 9 and 8 respectively. Fitterer was also 4-for-4 inside the perimeter.

Killdeer had hoped to win the rebound game but fell short by nine with 25 total rebounds. They had a strong free-throw percentage in the first half with 87.5, but would drop to 70 percent missing their two attempts in the second.

Kale Hansen and Owen Schleppenbach tied with six points each to lead the Cowboys. Schleppenback led in boards with five.

The Titans 43-point margin victory acculates to 133 points scored in the tournament, going into the final.

Trinity: Jake Shobe 24, Jace Kovash 9, Cade Fitterer 8, Ty Dassinger 6, Nick Sobolik, Anthony Spradley, Jeremiah Jilek, Thomas Jacobs 4, Kaden Ham, Luke Shobe 2

Killdeer: Kale Hansen, Owen Schleppenbach 6, Ethan Hendrickson 5, Nekori Dahlen 3, Redsky Starr, Jaxon Reese 2

Bowman county defeated Beach 58-52

BHC 13-14-11-14 – 52
BCHS 13-24-8-13 – 28

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Bowman County will continue to the final, but it did not come easy for the Bulldogs, who faced Beach, an equally determined team. The games had five ties and saw the lead change four times.

The Buccaneers won the second half 25-21, but Bowman County’s 10-point lead at the end of the second quarter was enough to secure the win.

The Bulldogs had 21 points collected from outside the perimeter.

The Bishop brothers covered Bowman County on both sides of the court. Bohden Duffield had 22 points to lead his team, sinking three, three-pointers and made seven of his eight attempted free-throws. Bishop Duffield covered the rim, garnering 11 rebounds.

The game could have gone either way, with the team's narrow stats of each other. At 35 rebounds, the Buccaneers were just one board away from tying the Bulldogs. The Buccaneers were more successful inside the paint with 12 points over the Bulldogs’ 8. Senior Trey Swanson put on a show, completing a double-double with 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Bowman County: Bohden Duffield 22, Bishop Duffield 14, Nathan Dix 8, Roman Fossum 7, Aiden Thompson 5, Kirklan Meschke 2
Beach: Trey Swanson 22, Shem Baker 10, Elijah Holkup 7, Dane Farstveet 5, Shawn Murphy, Justus Baker 3, Adam Trask 2

Hettinger-Scranton defeated Richardton-Taylor 53-28

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Maddox Pierce attacking the hoop.
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RT 8-7-2-11 – 28
HS 13-20-14-6 –53

While the Raiders physical presence garnered them 12 steals and 30 rebounds, it would not be enough to best the NightHawks, who were timely and consistent with their shooting. Hettinger-Scranton averaged .84 points per possession. With consistent shooting from three-point range. Maddox Pierce was largely to thank, with a good outing of 24 points and going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.

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Richardton-Taylor’s shots just weren’t falling into the basket for them, shooting under 33 percent of their total attempts. The Night Hawks took full advantage of this, with their largest run of points being 24-3.

Bennet Jorgenson completed two three-pointers out of six attempts and collected five assists. Gavin Parnow led in total rebounds with six, followed by Pierce and Tyler Wilson with 4.

Casein Dohrmann led the Raiders team with eight points, followed by Dylan Kessel with seven. The two players switched positions in total rebounds, Kessel leading with eight and Dohrmann following with seven.

The Raiders had three rebounds less than Hettinger-Scranton, with 30 and ended the night with a higher average at the charity stripe (62.5 %).

The two sides prove to have aggressive defensive players, but it will be the Night Hawks that will continue on in the bracket.

Hettinger-Scranton: Maddox Pierce 24, Bennett Jorgenson 10, Caden Anderson 7, Gavin Parnow 6, Alex Burrer, Tyler Wilson 2, Forrest Forthun, Fred Forthun 1

Richardton-Taylor: Caisen Dohrmann 8, Dylan Kessel 7, Marcus Cuevas, Logan Kessel 4, Rigo Silva 3, Kane Rivinius 2

Heart River defeated New England 63-45

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Coach Erik Klein taking to his team during a timeout.
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NE 7-13-13-12 – 45
HR 18-13-19-13 – 63

After just barely missing out on a semifinal matchup in the winners bracket, losing to Killdeer by two points in the first round, Heart River came out swinging. They took the lead at the start of the game and never relinquished it.

The Heart River ended the first half with a 11-point lead that they established in the first quarter.

‘The Cougars were quick on the turnovers, with 16 team steals. Austin Buckman led his team with 18 points and he had four total rebounds and three steals.

Following Buckman with 17 points, Heart River’s Evan Walter was automatic in his shot, including a three-point play that made it 53-33.

Mason Kessel led in rebounds with eight, six of which were defensive. Cade Wyant had three boards and three stolen balls.

Tigers were efficient in boxing out, garnering them 38 boards, winning the rebound game by six. New England also did better in attacking the paint with eight points

Noah Madler was the Tigers top shooter with 17 points, going 2-for-3 from the outside. Theodore Kirchmann led his team with eight rebounds and followed Madler in points with seven.

Heart River: Austin Buckman 18, Evan Walter 17, Cade Wyant 8, Owen Stuber 7, Mason Kessel 6, Beaudon Krueger 3, Peyton Moore, Landon Roller 2;
New England: Noah Madler 17, Theodore Kirschmann 7, Brock Ehlis 6, Tallen Binstock 5, Mathew Bock, Jaren Rafferty 3, Justin Kathrein, Mark Fitterer 2

New Year’s Eve Finals are set

The 51st Annual Roughrider Basketball Tournament will culminate on New Year's Eve, with all of the final games set to take place on the last day of the year. All games will be played at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center on the Trinity Catholic Schools campus.

The much-anticipated finals will see the Trinity Titans taking on Bowman County Bulldogs, with both teams looking to claim the tournament championship and tipping-off at 2:30 p.m.

The Beach Buccaneers and the Killdeer Cowboys will also face off in the third place game, which will take place at 1 p.m.

The Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks and the Heart River Cougars will compete in the consolation finals, which will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Fighting it out for nothing more than bragging rights will be the Richardton-Taylor Raiders and the New England Tigers, tipping off at 10: a.m.

With a full slate of exciting games on tap, fans are sure to be in for a thrilling end to the tournament to usher in an exciting final chapter to 2022.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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