Wildfire tame Tigers in New England

The boys’ basketball team from Mott-Regent faced off with their Hettinger County neighbors, as they came to New England on Friday, Feb. 3, looking for their seventh region win of the season.

Mott-Regent junior guard Tanner Zentner (L) goes up for the layup while New England senior forward Jayson Koch (R) tries to defend.
(Photos by Rachel Bock/For The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK
For The Herald

The boys’ basketball team from Mott-Regent faced off with their Hettinger County neighbors, as they came to New England on Friday, Feb. 3, looking for their seventh region win of the season. The Wildfire have been on a winning streak the past few weeks, and entered the Tiger Den ready to keep their winning streak alive.

The Wildfire took down the Tigers in a commanding 67-30 win.

Wildfire head coach Nate Zachmann felt that in the beginning of the first quarter his boys were timid to attack the basket because of the presence of New England’s 6-foot-8 senior center Cody Holt.

The Wildfire led by five at the end of the first quarter, and unfortunately for New England, that would be the closest that they would get to catching up to the Wildfire.

In the second quarter, Mott-Regent came alive and together Tanner Zentner and Brady Wegh paved the way for their team by adding 14 points during the quarter.

Mott-Regent outscored the Tigers by 19 points, as New England only scored four during the entire second quarter.

The Wildfire came to New England with a plan that night, and a major part of that plan was to stop the big guy in the middle as they focused a defensive strategy around guarding Holt, and making sure his scoring was limited. The Wildfire executed their plan effectively as Holt only scored five points the entire game.

Zachmann felt that it was a great win for his team, as everyone did their job as expected of him. Dylan Ambers did a great job in defending Holt, and Zachmann was very pleased with how the rest of his team played that night.

“We executed really well tonight. Coach Flahrety does a great job, and anytime you have a kid who is 6-foot-8 with Cody Holt we focused around him by limiting his touches, and limiting his shots. Everyone stepped up and did their role and executed the game plan perfectly,” Zachmann said.

Even though the Wildfire have had a great season, Zachmann is trying to make sure that his team takes one game at a time, and he doesn’t want his guys to get caught up in how many games that they have won. Even though Zachmann is trying to keep his focus on one game at a time, he is not at all surprised by the progress that his team has made this season.

“We may not have been expected to be in the position we are, but we definitely deserve to be. Our guys have put a lot of work in this summer, a lot of work this fall and they just bought in, everybody has bought in. Our attitude is excellent, our effort is excellent, and with that you’re going to win some ball games,” he said.

SCORING: MR—Tanner Zentner (18), Brady Wege (18), Hunter Frist (7), Josh Wallace (8), Cody Perkins (12), Sean Hertz (4). NE—Jaxon Hewson (3), Cody Holt (5), Justin Cantwell (6), Jayson Koch (6), Carter Stang (2), Marquis Erickson (3).

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