Posted 3/01/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
No. 7 seed Divide County couldn’t keep up in a 60-42 loss to the No. 6 seed Burke County Titans in the loser-out round of the District 16 boys’ basketball tournament Saturday at Tioga.
Burke County, who swept the Maroons in the regular season, advanced to a region qualifier game to play No. 4 seed Tioga on Monday.
“We weren’t ready to play,” DC head coach Rodney Johnson said. “We just thought we were going to get the win without actually being mentally ready to play.”
Divide County (2-19) never led. Burke County was in front 26-14 at halftime.
After Jake Bird opened up the second half with a 2-point shot, Burke County responded with an 11-0 run. Joshua Kihle and Matthew Hinds led that run and scored 22 and 18 points on the night, respectively, to lead the Titans.
Divide County didn’t give up, though, and fought back with a 16-5 run led by Tyler Deering, who nailed two free throws to drive DC within 52-42 with 1:16 left. Deering posted 11 points. Burke County went on an 8-0 run to put the game to rest.
“Burke played very well,” Johnson said. “I’ve got to give them credit. They wanted to win, and they played like they wanted to win, and they got the win.”
The Titans finished the game shooting 38 percent of their shots, compared to only 27 percent for the Maroons.
Bird led Divide County with 14 points on the night.
Burke County advanced to a region qualifier but fell to Tioga.
Maroons drop quarterfinal
In the quarterfinals Friday, Stanley captured a 71-47 victory over Divide County. Bird led DC with 23 points.
DC trailed 43-18 at intermission.
Ryder Beauclair was DC’s second-highest scorer, finishing with eight points.
Wyatt Hanson led the Blue Jays with 16 points. Ryan Nesheim added 11 points.
Divide County athletic director Kent Harding received the district’s Lyne Enget Athletic Director of the Year Award, named after the late Stanley AD.
Burke County 60, Divide County 42
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Divide County 4 10 9 19
Burke County 13 13 14 20
Divide County: Jake Bird 14, Tyler Deering 11, Ryder Beauclair 9, Keaton Oien 4, Tyler Harward 2, Seth Haugland 2.
Burke County: Joshua Kihle 22, Matthew Hinds 18, Tevin Dix 8, Mark Nelson 7, Bradon Peterson 3, Cole Nelson 2.
Stanley 71, Divide County 47
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Divide County 8 10 17 12
Stanley 20 23 13 15
Divide County: Jake Bird 23, Ryder Beauclair 8, Tyler Harward 6, Keaton Oien 4, Seth Haugland 4, Tyler Deering 2.
Stanley: Wyatt Hanson 16, Ryan Nesheim 11, Matt Patten 9, Bray Meyer 7, Kaedyn Hanson 7, Matthew Dusek 6, Logan Aadnes 5, Jath Mansfield 5, Kellen Enget 2, Mathew Heidbreder 2, Ian Kimberlin 1.