The 45th Annual Boys Class B Roughrider Tournament was held Dec.15, 17, and 19 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson.
By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter
The New England Tigers opened up with their first game of the tournament Tuesday, Dec. 15 against the Glen Ullin-Hebron Bearcats. The Tigers were led by senior guard Brady Bender with 24 points. Junior Center Cody Holt only scored two points in the first half of the game, but found the basket during the second half, and ended the game with 18 points. Junior Carter Stang added 12 points, while Denit Sorenson had six points, Hunter Wolf added four points, and Jayson Koch had two points, to help with the 66 to 54 victory over the Bearcats.
The Tigers faced off with the Heart River Cougars during a semifinal matchup on Thursday, Dec. 17.
The Tigers started off strong against the Cougars with a 10 to 0 lead in the first quarter. However, the Cougars weren’t going to go away that easy and took over the lead during the second quarter, and maintained it for most of the game.
The Tigers managed to take over the lead by two toward the end of the fourth quarter, but Heart River tied the game, sending the contest into overtime.
The Tigers were determined and they were not going to leave Trinity High School that night without a victory. The Tigers defeated the Cougars in overtime by two with a score of 69 to 67. Brady Bender led the Tigers with 27 points. Cody Holt had a double-double of 17 points and 19 rebounds. New England sophomore Denit Sorenson had an impressive game for the first year starter, ending the night with 22 points. Senior Hunter Wolf added two points for the Tigers.
As History would repeat itself, the championship game was going to be against the same two teams as last year, with a face off between the Trinity Titans and the New England Tigers.
The Titans led the Tigers by seven with a 21 to 14 lead in the first quarter. The Tigers had a nice run in the second quarter and came within the Titan lead by four points, but that was going to be the closest that New England ever got to the Titan lead. Not only was Trinity outscoring the Tigers, but turnovers were a problem for the Tigers with 24 turnovers versus the Titans six turnovers. The Tigers also struggled from the free throw line making seven free throws out of 16 attempts.
“Those turnovers that led to easy baskets for them, we have got to cut down on those things. It is pretty tough to win games if you are turning the ball over that many times. Of course free throw shooting was not what you like to see out of your team but once again it is early these are things that we obviously need to improve on,” Head Coach Shawn Flarhety said.
On Saturday, Dec. 19, the Trinity Titans were the Roughrider Tournament Champions two years in a row, defeating the Tigers 59 to 39.
Senior Brady Bender was the Tigers scoring leader with 19 points. Cody Holt had another double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, Denit Sorenson added 5 points, while Mason Petri pitched in two points, and Hunter Wolf added one point for the Tigers.
Senior guard Brady Bender, and junior center Cody Holt were nominated for the Roughrider All-Tournament Team.
“I am pleased with the way were coming, but were still a work in progress. I like my team,” Flarhety said.