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Roughrider tournament consolation bracket: New England and Killdeer bounce back after opening round loss

The second day of the boys Roughrider basketball tournament started with the consolation bracket Thursday afternoon at Trinity High School.

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Nathan Kaufman controls the court with good feet work and awareness of his teammates around him. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Out of the four teams, it would be the New England Tigers and the Killdeer Cowboys that would come away with wins — both by double digits sparked by aggressive defensive play.

New England 51, Hettinger-Scranton 39

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Mathew Bock moments before putting up a two-point shot. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

The first game of the day was the Tigers against the Night Hawks that ended 51-39, but a sizable lead wouldn’t come until the final quarter.

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In the first quarter, each side found success from long range, knocking down two 3-pointers each. It ended 14-13, but could have been a tied game if it wasn't from a missed free throw by Hettinger-Scranton’s Blake Larson.

New England kept their head just above water going into the second half with the score being 23-20 with majority of their points coming from free throws, going 5-for-6 at the charity stripe. Hettinger-Scranton put up another bucket from beyond the arc, ending the first half with a 50 percent success rate for their three-point field goals.

Unfortunately for the Night Hawks, in the second half they would not find any more success in their three-pointers. However, the Tigers three-point percentage would grow in the second half, going from 20 to 31 percent with more attempts and more shots made.

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Nathan Kaufman led New England in points going 6-for-6 at the line and scoring a goal from beyond the arc. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Larson would keep the deficit to five with six points and went 1-for-2 at the line in the third quarter, ending 34-29.

Hettinger-Scranton put up a good final quarter with 10 points, but New England’s full court press gave the Tigers more opportunities to score which they took advantage of with 17 points.

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Zackary Jalbert comes away with a defensive rebound against Hettinger-Scranton on Dec.16. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

“That has been our game plan for most of the year,” New England head coach

Kaine Hanson said. “We are a really small team so if we don't get up and pressure, we are going to get exposed on the backside so the one way to cover something you can't do with your size is to pressure the ball.”

New England’s top scorer was senior Nathan Kaufman with 13 and was tailed closely by Tallen Binstock and Noah Madler, who had 12 points apiece. Kaufman went 6-for-6 at the foul line.

Killdeer 60, Richardton-Taylor 40

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Freshman Owen Schleppenbach gets two-points off the glass. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

The following game was played by the Raiders and the Cowboys with Killdeer out rebounding Richardton-Taylor by 20 on their way to a 20-point win.

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It took a large sum of the first quarter for a shot to be made, coming at the 5:22 mark from the free-throw line. It was two successful shots from Killdeer to take a lead they would never relinquish.

After establishing their 8-2 lead, the Cowboys put in place a full court press, but Richardton-Taylor managed to stay close behind with the first quarter ending 14-11.

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Killdeer defense completely surrounds MacKale Hoselton as he moves the ball across the court. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

Trouble did come in the second with the Cowboys’ defensive plays making it difficult for the Raiders to come away with points. Richardton-Taylor couldn’t find an answer, not even at the free-throw line, going 1-for-5. It was 34-16 by halftime.

The Raiders went hard in the paint into the third quarter with a better plan against Killdeer's pressing system and outscored them 13-10 in the quarter. They would show improvement at the line going 6-of-14. Unfortunately for them it would not be enough and would come a little too late with the final quarter ending 60-40.

“I think all-in-all I am happy with the way we came out and our aggressiveness. We kind of lost that a little bit in the second quarter, but I think our shot selection was good, we just need to take care of the ball on that press,” Richardton-Taylor head coach Kari Dohrmann said. “I told them after the game that we are back to the drawing board in trying to figure out how we can break it … I think a lot of times we were standing still watching the play happen instead of trying to get the ball through when it wasn't going to go.”

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Collin Grage takes a one-handed shot in the second half of their match against Killdeer on Dec. 16. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)

The Cowboys went 4-for-21 at the three-point line and had 20 points off turnovers. Junior Redsky Starr was their leading scorer with 20 points. Richardton-Taylor forward Caisen Dohrmann achieved a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The final games will be played Saturday, Dec. 18. Hettinger-Scranton and Richardton-Taylor will fight for seventh place followed by New England and Killdeer battling for sixth place.

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Redsky Starr tallied 20 points for Killdeer. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

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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