The Tigers hosted their Region 7 rivals from the south in Hettinger/Scranton Night Hawks on Tuesday, Jan. 24.
By SHELDON CHRISTENSON
For The Herald
The Tigers (1-4) were downed by a score of 64-56. The Night Hawks (2-1) gradually increased their lead after each of the first three quarters as they held a 57-38 advantage at the end of the third stanza. But the Tigers were not giving up as they outscored the Night Hawks 18-7 in the final quarter.
The Night Hawk defense played havoc on the Tigers, as they caused 27 turnovers while the Night Hawks only had ten of their own turnovers.
Although behind 20-12 after the first quarter, 6-foot-8 Cody Holt of the Tigers kept them close as he scored nine points, and was dominating the boards. Night Hawk defense stiffened up and held him to only one point in the second quarter, and his rebounding slowed down. Holt later got into foul trouble and sat out half of the third quarter and part of the fourth. He did end up with a team-leading 17 points, followed by Denit Sorenson with 10.
Leading the Night Hawks in scoring was Isaiah Kludt with 19, Tate Resner added 17 which included five three-pointers and Carson Schalesky had 10.
The win brought the Night Hawks region record to 2-1 and 9-3 overall. New England fell to 1-4 in the region and 4-7 overall.
UP NEXT: The Tigers will face off against the Bison in Hazen (1-3) on Friday, Jan. 27.