Tigers get win over Bulldogs

The Tigers (9-10) never relinquished the lead and had four players score in double digits in a 75-63 win against Bowman County (6-13) in Bowman on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Gabe Sorenson (#3) drives through a group of Bowman County defenders on his way to the basket. The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 75-63. (Photo By Cole Benz/The Herald)

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor

The Tigers (9-10) never relinquished the lead and had four players score in double digits in a 75-63 win against Bowman County (6-13) in Bowman on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Coming off a 62-48 loss against Harding County, the Tigers started off the first quarter with a quiet 6-0 scoring run against the Bulldogs. The lead could have been extended, but after a defensive rebound, Bowman’s Corban Massey stole the ball on transition and drove it back for the bank shot to break up the run.

Massey’s steal and subsequent basket was followed up quickly with a 3-pointer from senior Dylan Scott that cut the Tiger lead to just one point. Scott would make three more from beyond the arc before the game was over.

After a slower start, both teams found a groove and picked put he pace with about three minutes left in the first, which included a 3-pointer by senior Carter Stang, giving the New England a 20-12 lead after the first quarter.

Bowman County was having trouble putting the ball in the hoop early in the second quarter, but midway through the Bulldogs had found a sweet spot and tallied 15 points. But they lost opportunity on the defensive boards. New England’s post presence, manned by 6-for-8 senior Holt, kept tabs on their own shots and scored on the second chance.

Down 35-27 at the start of the third quarter, Scott tried to start a rally by draining a 3-pointer right out of the gate.

But the Tigers shook it off and scored seven unanswered points.

Bowman was doing a great job of creating space and finding shots in the thrid, but they just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop and protect the rim for second chance points.

The Tigers padded their lead in the fourth quarter with a 7-2 run, extending the gap 58-49. But with about four minutes left, Andrews made the first of two 3-point shots on the game and stopped the run. Andrews would break up another big run by the Tigers with two minutes left, but the Bulldogs were already down in a 14-point hole, and couldn’t get out of it.

Bowman County tried at the tail end of the game to make the Tigers ice the game at the free-throw line, and New England did came through. They would ultimately make 14 of 21 attempts on the win. Bowman did well at the line too, and were much more efficient, also scoring 14 out of 16 attempts.

The Bulldogs got into foul trouble early, and would lose Miller and Massey to fouls in the fourth quarter.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Holt with 23, followed by freshman Gabe Sorenson who had 19.

Bowman County was led by Scott with a game-high 26 points. Second on the team was Andrews with 15.

SCORING: NE—Holt (23), Sorenson (19), Justin Cantrell (14), Stang (11), Jayson Koch (6), Denit Sorenson (2). 3-POINT—Sorenson (2), Stang (3).

BC—Scott (26), Andrews (15), Massey (11), Miller (2), Reed Marmon (3), Jacob Boehm (6). 3-POINT—Scott (4), Andrews (2), Massey (2), Marmon (1).

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