Recap: Day one of the Boys Roughrider basketball tournament
Bowman County, Beach, Trinity and Heart River all moved on to the semifinals.
The girls Roughrider basketball tournament finished last Saturday, with Bowman County defeating Beulah in the final. This week, it was the boys’ turn to hit the court at Trinity high school for the 50th annual tournament, beginning on Tuesday night with four games.
Bowman County 77, Hettinger-Scranton 41
The day got started with the Bulldogs taking on the Night Hawks. Bowman County quickly handled business, taking a 26-12 at the end of the first quarter and extended it further to 30-12. The Bulldogs hit eight 3-pointers in the first half, with sophomore Bohden Duffield responsible for three of them.
A 51-23 halftime lead was never in doubt with Bowman County’s defense not letting up, surrendering just six field goals and 18 second half points.
Duffield, along with his brother Bishop, and Aidan Thompson, all reached double figures. Bohden finished with 25, Thompson had 14 and Bishop had 13.
“Bohden is a very good player,” Bowman County head coach Nick Walker said. “He’s very unselfish. He does a good job of setting the tempo and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow not only this year but in the future.”
Hettinger-Scranton freshman Blake Larson and junior Bennett Jorgenson were the two Night Hawks that finished in double figures with 14 and 10, respectively.
“We’re extremely young,” Walker said. “We don’t have a ton of kids back from a year ago. We’re trying to find ourselves a little bit. I like how we’re sharing the ball and I like the tempo that we’re playing at."
Bowman County - Bohden Duffield 25, Aidan Thompson 14, Bishop Duffield 13, Sam Andrews 7, Carson Massey 6, Coy Marmon 5, Kirk Meschke 4, Roman Fossum, Grant Kees 1.
Hettinger-Scranton - Blake Larson 14, Bennett Jorgenson 10, Bradee Clapper 6, Maddox Pierce 5, Malachi Dilse 3, Brian Bartholmy, Kyler Curtis, Hayden Erickson 1.
Beach 71, New England 45
The Buccaneers’ stars were on full display in their opening game of the tournament as both senior Tevin Dietz and junior Trey Swansom eclipsed the 20-point mark on their way to an easy victory.
After Beach took a timeout in the first quarter up 10-5, they reeled off a 16-2 run for a 26-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Tigers had no match for Swanson inside as he converted ten of his 12 shots for 21 points.
While Swanson did his damage down low, Dietz was running the show up top, contributing 20 points and nine assists. After his performance, it was easy to see why he was so dearly missed last season due to injury.
“He brings a lot to the team,” Beach head coach Al Swanson said. “He’s our team leader. He’s the guy that gets the defense talking and gets us set up in our offense…he’s wonderful. An All-Region, All-State caliber player.”
The Buccaneers’ activity on defense sprung multiple fast-break opportunities that ended in wide-open layups on the other end. Swanson said some of it was based on the matchup, but he told his team he wanted them to get up and down the floor in a hurry.
“Tonight we wanted a little more tempo,” Swanson said. “Just to see how we could handle it and the decisions we make out of it. Each game will be a new game. It depends on who we’re up against and how well we match up but we did want to push it tonight.”
Senior Jonas Oech and junior Dane Farstveet also reached double figures. Beach shot 61 percent from the field despite and didn’t make a single 3-point basket, missing all four attempts. When you have a post presence as good as Swanson, it’s easy to see why they stuck with positioning their offense down low.
New England senior Nathan Kaufman finished with a team-high 16 points, but needed the same amount of shots to get that mark. The Tigers shot 24 percent from the floor.
Beach - Trey Swanson 21, Tevin Dietz 20, Jonas Oech 14, Dane Farstveet 11, Kaden Volk 3, Ray Steiner 2.
New England - Nathan Kaufman 16, Tallen Binstock 11, Matthew Bock 10, Brock Ehlis, Zack Jalbert 3, Jaren Rafferty 2.
Trinity 76, Richardton-Taylor 11
Richardton-Taylor scored the first basket of the game. That was about the only thing that went right for the Raiders on the night.
After the first basket, Trinity took off for a 33-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Titans swarmed Richardton-Taylor, who struggled to get the ball down the court to set up their offense. In total, Trinity forced the Raiders into 36 turnovers.
Sophomore Jake Shobe led all scorers with 22 points on 11-12 shooting with eight rebounds. It wasn't an overly efficient game that you would expect in a blowout, shooting 47 percent as a team, but the Titans quickly put the game out of reach. It was 55-10 at half.
“We got humbled on Saturday at Shiloh, we executed well but we didn’t finish some stuff,” Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said. “We talked about today we needed to finish and I thought the way we started, we gave ourselves a chance. Our effort was good and we got after it especially on the defensive end. On the offensive end I thought we shared the ball extremely well. For this team that will be important, we can’t just rely on one guy.”
The Raiders didn’t make another field-goal for the rest of the game, managing only a single free-throw in the third quarter. They had only two made field-goals on the night.
Trinity senior Aiden Haich had 15. Everyone who played for the Titans scored in the game.
Trinity - Jake Shobe 22, Aiden Haich 15, Cade Fitterer, Trever Jassek 9, Ty Praus 7, Luke Shobe 5, Anthony Spradley 3, Trenten Bertelsen, Jace Kovash, Max Lefor 2.
Richardton-Taylor - Collin Grage, Chance Isaak 4, Mack Hoselton 2, Dylan Kessel 1.
Heart River 45, Killdeer 37
In what was easily the most competitive game of the day, both sides had to overcome a bit of adversity in a close game.
In the first half, the Cougars lost junior Cade Wyant to injury, who left the game after taking a hard fall going up for a layup. In the second half, the Cowboys were forced to sit their most impactful player in the game, junior Redsky Starr, who picked up his third foul early in the third quarter. He wouldn’t see the court until the fourth quarter.
For Heart River head coach Erik Klein, he saw an early opportunity for his team to build more chemistry on the court with more players in action.
“We had a few kids who didn’t expect to play so much,” Heart River head coach Erik Klein said. “That was nice to see we got a couple kids in there in the game that did well. That’s going to be a priority to continue to build our depth.”
But throughout the game, Heart River maintained a steady lead. They never fell behind but also never pulled away, with their largest lead coming in the third quarter with Killdeer’s top player off the court.
It comes to no surprise the closest game was the lowest scoring of the day as both teams were scrappy on the defensive end and never allowed an easy rebound. Both teams shot under 35 percent.
“I want to give kudos to Killdeer,” Klein said. “They played so hard tonight. I thought we held our composure for the most part but I will say we got rattled tonight at times. That’s something we need to clean up.”
Heart River were up 16-9 at the end of the first quarter. The Cowboys cut the deficit to 20-17 before the Cougars ended the half up 24-19.
Despite missing almost an entire quarter, Starr tied with freshman Owen Schleppenbach for a team-high 13 points. The 6-foot-3 forward was more than capable of handling the offense when Starr went to the bench.
Heart River senior Cayden Kling had a game-high 16 points, the only Cougar in double figures. Senior Braden Obrigewitch had eight points and six rebounds, most coming in traffic.
Heart River - Cayden Kling 16, Braden Obrigewitch, Tarence Dillinger 8, Cade Wyant 6, Austin Buckman 4, Brayden Quimby 3.
Killdeer - Redsky Starr, Owen Shleppenbach 13, Calvin Dobitz 5, Keith Dukart 4, Colby Asay 2.
THURSDAY SCHEDULE (MST)
New England vs Hettinger-Scranton, 3 p.m.
Killdeer vs Richardton-Taylor, 4:30 p.m.
Beach vs Bowman County, 6:00 p.m.
Heart River vs Trinity, 7:30 p.m.