Tigers set to face Heart River

The New England Tigers (No. 6) had a convincing 18-point win over Hazen (No. 11) to advance to the second round of the Region 7 Boys Basketball Tournament.

Denit Sorenson goes up for the rebound against Hazen. (Photo by Rachel Bock/For The Herald)

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

The New England Tigers (No. 6) had a convincing 18-point win over Hazen (No. 11) to advance to the second round of the Region 7 Boys Basketball Tournament.

The Tigers did most of their damage with a 25-point second quarter performance to get the 65-47 victory over the Bison thanks in part to a well balanced offensive game. Each of senior Cody Holt, junior Denit Sorenson and freshman Gabe Sorenson contributed at least five points. With junior Justin Cantwell and senior Carter Stang combining for another five points.

For the game, eight Tigers contributed to the scoring effort.

But early on it seemed like the Tigers would have to work their way back after falling behind 10-7 against Hazen.

But New England regrouped and had the dominating second quarter, a trend that continued for the rest of the game as they outscored Hazen 58-37 after the first quarter.

The second half, though, was much closer as Hazen was only beat by four points in the final two quarters. But the second quarter was too much for Hazen, and the took the loss and were eliminated from the tournament.

Leading the way for the Tigers was Gabe Sorenson with a game-high 18 points. Denit Sorenson followed with 14.

Isaac Doll headed the scoring performance for Hazen with 17, and Quentin Corcoran followed with 11.

The Tigers now face off against No. 3 seeded Heart River on Monday, March 6 at Dickinson Trinity at 6:30 p.m. The Tigers have face Heart River just once in the regular season. They took a 79-36 loss in Belfield on Feb. 7.

SCORING—NE: G. Sorenson (18), D. Sorenson (14), Cantwell (11), Holt (10), Jayson Koch (6), Stang (3), Braden Rayhorn (2), Marquis Erickson (1).

H: Doll (17), Corcoran (11), Jayce Zvern (8), Payton Leintz (6), Garrett Ward (3), Spencer Mattheis (2).

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