Tigers fall to Dickinson Trinity in Roughrider Tournament championship game

A scoring run by the Dickinson Trinity Titans was just too much for the Tigers from New England to over come, losing 52-44 in the 44th Roughrider Tournament championship.

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By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

A scoring run by the Dickinson Trinity Titans was just too much for the Tigers from New England to over come, losing 52-44 in the 44th Roughrider Tournament championship.

Leading 27-24 at the 5:30 mark of the third quarter, New England allowed 10 unanswered points by the Titans, thanks in part to junior guard Willy Jahner.

Jahner put on a 3-point shooting clinic in the second half and the Tigers couldn’t get the pressure they needed. Jahner went five for seven from beyond the arc during the game that included a perfect three for three in the fourth quarter.

New England was down a starter. Christian Kilwein was nursing a knee injury and couldn’t go.

New England won the opening tip off and junior Mason Stang scored the first bucket of the game. But the Titans quickly went on an 8-0 scoring run and the game looked like it might get out of hand quickly.

But the Tigers regrouped and were only down by four points after the first quarter.

New England tied the game at 17 with five minutes left in the first half, and ended the half leading 22-19.

Then the third quarter happened.

After taking good care of the ball in the first half, allowing only five turnovers in the first two quarters, the Tigers gave up five more in the third quarter alone.

The Tigers were down by five points at the end of the third quarter.

Though scoring went back and forth, New England kept it close until the final few minutes of the game.

Stang helped the Tigers stay with the Titans, making two of three 3-pointers and brought New England to within three points with two minutes left.

But the effort wasn’t enough.

The Titans had a nine point lead with thirty seconds left and closed out the eight point lead over the Tigers, winning the Roughrider Tournament.

New England had a tough night from the floor, shooting only 26 percent.

They did win the rebound battle though, outrebounding the Titans 47-30. The Tigers also went 9 for 15 from the free-throw line.

Senior Daniel Prince lead the scoring effort for New England with 14, followed by senior Ty Nordby who had 12 of his own.

Leading the team in rebounds was Nordby with 12 to complete a double double.

Prince was second on the team with nine.

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