Raiders run away from Tigers for big win

New England’s Michael Frank battles for a rebound Saturday against Richard-Taylor. The Tigers lost the battle for fifth place in the Roughrider tournament by a 61-53 score. Herald photo / Brad Mosher

Colin Kuntz scored 34 points to lead his Richardton-Taylor Raiders to a 61-53 victory Saturday in the Roughrider boys basketball tournament.
By Brad Mosher
The Herald
The victory gave the Raiders a 2-1 record in the tournament at the Knights of Columbus facility in Dickinson, and the fifth place trophy.
The Raiders had to come from behind for the win, with New England holding a narrow 18-17 first-quarter lead.
The Tigers increased the lead to 33-30 at halftime.
It was in the third quarter where the Raiders came back, outscoring the Tigers by a 17-11 margin to take the lead.
Halfway through the period, the Raiders had taken a 41-38 lead and were holding off the Tigers.
At one point, Richardton had a three-point lead, then scored twice in a 15-second span to take a 47-40 lead over the Tigers with three minutes left in the game.
Cooper Granger would end a three-minute scoring drought in the third quarter when he put in a shot with 1:20 left. Jaxon Hewson added another at the buzzer to cut the lead to three points (47-44).
The two teams battled toe-to-toe in the fourth quarter with Richardton-Taylor holding just a two-point lead with 3:135 on the clock. Colin Kuntz hit a trifecta with 2:30 left hitting a shot and getting a free throw.
After a basket by Logan Wolf cut the Raiders’ lead to 57-53 with 2:13 left, Colin Kuntz had another basket and free throw combo turn it into a 60-53 lead.
Richardton-Taylor got the final point of the game when Britton Pulson scored a free throw but missed the second on a one-and-one chance with 20 seconds left.
Colin Kuntz picked up 20 of his 34 in the first half. Logan Kuntz gave the Raiders eight, while Preston Floberg had six. Connor Kuntz and Elijah Vogel both scored four points, while Logan Huff and Wyatt Kuhn each added two. Pulson had one point in the game.
On the Tigers’ side of the ledger, Gabe Sorenson finished with 21 points.
Aidan Rebel scored 10 points, while Hewson had eight and Zach Madler put in six. Both Logan Wolf and Granger scored four points.
The Tigers opened the tournament with a 71-49 loss to rival Mott-Regent, then bounced back Thursday with a 59-42 victory over Killdeer to earn a spot in the fifth-place game against the Bearcats Saturday.
New England dropped a narrow 55451 loss to Beach at home Dec. 17 in front of a home crowd to drop its record to 1-4 for the season.
The team will play Washburn in Garrison on a Jan. 4 road trip, then follow with another trip Jan. 8, to play at Dickinson’s Trinity.

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