Tigers beat Hazen Bison, move on to semi finals

After a 71-50 victory of the Hazen Bison, the Tigers are moving on to the semifinals at the Region 7 boys basketball tournament.

[PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK
[PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK
By Cole Benz | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

After a 71-50 victory of the Hazen Bison, the Tigers are moving on to the semifinals at the Region 7 boys basketball tournament.

Big games by Ty Nordby and Daniel Prince propelled them to the victory.

The Tigers started out sloppy, mishandling the ball and totaling nine turnovers in the first half. They didn’t slouch on the scoreboard though. Without any large scoring runs, the Tigers found themselves up 33-24 at halftime.

The Bison were able to keep with New England with scoring runs of four points and five, but the Tigers were vigilant and stopped the bleeding before the Bison could gain any ground on the margin.

The Bison also were helped by their dominating free-throw line performance. In the first half alone they made 10 of their 12 opportunities to keep pace. New England shot three out of five in the half.

The second half opened up with a Brady Bender 3-point shot, the first 3-pointer of the game for either team.

The Tigers outscored the Bison 22-17 in the third quarter.

New England’s defense stepped up in the final quarter and held the Bison to a single digit performance. The Bison scored nine in the fourth quarter.

New England didn’t stop though, they were relentless and put up another 16 points and sealed the deal, advancing to the semi finals.

Leading the scoring effort for New England was Prince, who scored 24 points on the afternoon. Second to Prince was Nordby, who put up 20 points. Bender was the only other Tiger to score in double figures, putting up 14 points. Other Tigers who wound up in the scoring column were Urlacher with seven, with Holt and Kilwein scoring three points each.

New England now plays the winner of Hettinger/Scranton vs. Beulah tomorrow (March 10) at 5 p.m.

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