The New England Tigers are well on their way to ending the season undefeated against their regional foes.
By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | email@example.com
The New England Tigers are well on their way to ending the season undefeated against their regional foes. One of their last obstacles to an undefeated Region 7 record was a game against Bowman County on Saturday, Feb. 21 on Bowman’s home court.
It was a tough night for the Bulldogs who went up against a New England team peaking at just the right time.
Bowman County got the opening tip and New England immediately employed a full court press. The Bulldogs were hurt by an 11-0 scoring run that made it 17-4. Hindering Bowman’s ability to move the ball, the Tigers jumped out in front with a 23-point first quarter. Though the Bulldogs were able to put up 10 points that opening quarter, it would be their only double-digit scoring performance of the game.
New England ended the first quarter and started the second on a 9-0 scoring run. The Tigers would end up matching their scoring total from first quarter and ended the half with 46 points. Bowman County had a difficult time putting the ball through the hoop and could only muster up 16 first half points.
New England took advantage of Bulldog miscues in the second half. Bowman County twice passed the ball out of bounds, with the recipient of the pass unaware of the ball’s location. Multiple passes were also intercepted by the Tigers, including an inbounds pass by the Bulldogs.
These turnovers led to more Tiger scoring opportunities, and midway through the third quarter they had a commanding 57-22 lead.
New England started to take out some of their starters in the fourth quarter and the reserves put up 11 points.
Though the scoring was down from the previous three quarters, the Tiger defense didn’t let down. New England held Bowman County to only three points in the final quarter.
The Tigers held the ball in the waning seconds of the game and Head Coach Luke Powers was calling for ‘no shot’ as the clocked ticked down to zero.
The Tigers won 77-28, moving their regional record to 11-0 and an overall record to 18-2.
Leading the scoring for New England was Brady Bender who had 21 points. Behind Bender was Cody Holt who put up 13.
Ty Nordby was leading rebounder with 11 on the night.
New England wraps up its season with a regional game against Glen-Ullin/Hebron on Feb. 27.