Braves upset Tigers on the road, Pine Ridge at home

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by Ross DuBray

Cray Allen, Justin LaPlante, and Xavier Norris combined for 58 of the Braves’s 74 points on the way to a 74-71 defeat of the Mobridge-Pollock Tigers Monday night in Mobridge.

The Braves took control of the game early, jumping out to a 22-11 first quarter lead. The Tigers clawed back in the second quarter jumping on a 20-9 scor¬ing run to tie the game at 31 with 2:20 left in the half. The Braves responded with an 8-3 run to take a four point lead to the locker room 39-34.

In the third quarter, the Tigers outscored the Braves 15 to 11 to tie the game at 50 with 2:49 left in the quarter. The Tigers would scored four more points to take a two point lead the first time in the game to close out the quarter ahead 54-52

The Braves responded im¬mediately in the fourth quarter on a 15-5 scoring run to regain and push the lead to 67-59 with 3:11 left in the game. With 50.5 seconds remaining the Tigers had pushed back within four points, but the Braves held their ground making some clutch free throws in the last minute to hold on the lead for the win.“I’m very proud of the boys,” said Head Coach Rob Mendoza. “It’s always good to go out and beat Mobridge. We’ve played really well these last three games, our defense has really stepped up.”

Cray Allen led the charge for the Braves finishing with a dou¬ble-double netting 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds and four assists. Justin LaPlante had his best night of the season finishing with 21 points includ¬ing four three pointers. Xavier Norris finished with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocked shots. The Braves outrebounded the Tigers 34 to 33. C-EB shot 54% from the free throw line and had 13 turnovers to Mobridge’s 20.

Zach Dockter led the Tigers with 23 points and Mitch Heu¬miller finished with 15 points.

The Tigers were riding a 15 game winning streak, before losing to the Winner Warriors on Friday night snapping the streak. The Braves lost to the Tigers by six points in their first meeting three weeks ago. Mendoza said he didn’t change anything for this game, they just came out and played good ball.

With one win each, these two teams are likely to meet again in the district championship next Thursday, granted they win their first round games. The Braves finish the season with the second seed in the District behind Mobridge and will face the McLaughlin Midgets in the first round. The Braves are 2-0 on the Midgets this year.

The Tigers host their final regu¬lar season game on Friday night as the Crow Creek Chieftains come to town. Three games will be played starting at 4:30 MDT.

C-EB (9-10) 22 39 52 74

Mob-Pol (15-5) 11 35 54 71

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: Nolan Keckler 2 0-1 4, Wyatt Knight 1 0-0 2, Xavier Norris 4 7-15, Jacob LaPlante 2 2-2 6, Cray Allen 10 2-7 22, Cory Knight 1 0-0 2, Justin LaPlante 8 1-3 21, Blake Farlee 0 2-2 2, Totals 28 14-24 74.

Mobridge-Pollock: Zach Dockter 7 7-9 23, Cody Schaefbauer 3 1-4 9, Pearson Wientjes 1 3-4 5, Daniel Roberts 3 1-2 7, Mitch Heumiller 4 7-10 15, Jason Hill 3 3-3 9, Mason Keller 1 0-0 3, Totals 22 22-32 71.

3-point field goals: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 4 (Justin LaPlante 4); Mobridge-Pollock 5 (Dockter 2, Schaef¬bauer 2, Keller). Rebounds: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 34 (Norris 10, Al¬len 10); Mobridge-Pollock 33 (Hill 10, Schaefbauer 7). Assists: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 17 (Norris 6, Allen 4); Mobridge-Pollock 8 (Schaefbauer 2, Roberts 2, Hill 2). Steals:

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 15 (Norris 7); Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Dockter 2, Keller 2). Blocked Shots: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 3; Mobridge-Pollock 7 (Wientjes 3, Hill 2). Total fouls: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 25 (Allen, C. Knight out); Mobridge-Pollock 21 (Heumiller out). Turnovers: Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 13; Mobridge-Pollock 20.

Pine Ridge

The Braves hosted a tough Pine Ridge Thorpes squad on Saturday night that turned out to be a very physical game. Thorpes’ center Jeff LeBeau was ejected from the game after intentionally throw¬ing his elbow.

The Braves got the jump early taking a 12-9 first quarter lead. The Thorpes came back to tie the game at 24-24 at halftime.

The Braves outscored the Thor¬pes in the third quarter 23-17 to go into the fourth quarter with a 47-41 lead. The Braves made 12 of 17 free thows in the final quarter to defeat the Thorpes by 11 points with a final score 66-55.

Cray Allen led the Braves with 19 points, Xavier Norris finished with 12. Jacob Dreamer and Corey Cedar Face led the Thorpes with 11 points each.

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 12 24 47 66

Pine Ridge 9 24 41 55

Cheyenne-Eagle Butte: Cory Knight 2 4-9 8, Brockton Viet 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Knight 3 1-2 8, Nolan Keckler 1 3-6 5, Xavier Norris 2 8-11 12, Cray Allen 5 8-8 19, Justin LaPlante 2 0-1 5, Grant Kohlus 1 3-3 6, Blake Farlee 0 1-2 1. Totals 17 28-42 66.

Pine Ridge: Jacob Dreamer 5 1-2 11, Jacob Brown 3 1-2 8, Mike Brings Plenty 4 0-0 8, Jeff LeBeau 0 3-4 3, Corey Cedar Fae 5 0-3 11, Jeremy Bettelyon 0 2-2 2, KJ Gray Grass 5 0-0 10, Chris Walking Eagle 1 0-0 2. Totals 23 7-13 55.

 

 

 

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