Posted 1/26/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Divide County boys’ basketball team was unable to overcome a 26-point halftime deficit in its 68-31 loss vs. Tioga on Friday evening. The Maroons (1-11) committed 34 turnovers in the loss.
“Thirty-four turnovers, and Tioga capitalized on most of them,” Divide County head coach Rodney Johnson said. “That’s the difference in the game. We can’t get it down low to our big guys, because we can’t get it across the half line, or even if we do get it across the half line, we turn it over before we get a good shot inside.”
DC trailed by double digits before the end of the first quarter, and Tioga (7-7) closed the second quarter on a 19-0 run to take a 41-15 lead at the intermission.
The Maroons’ offensive struggles continued in the second half, as the Pirates extended their lead to 51-17 and ended the game scoring the final 10 points.
The Maroons finished the game making only 14 of only 36 field-goal attempts. Seth Haugland led DC with 10 points, while Keaton Oien had eight.
The Pirates finished the game shooting 40 percent (30 for 75) from the floor. Parker Jackson had a game-high 22 points, while Jacob Porras finished with 17. Tioga finished the contest with a 43-33 advantage on the glass.
Divide County tripped up
Divide County began its two-game homestand on Jan. 19 as the Maroons suffered a 51-45 loss in a District 16 matchup against Ray at Haggin Court.
Both teams maneuvered for the lead in the beginning of the first quarter. Ray would make it a nine-point game when Atati Mita converted a 3-point play to make it 17-8 in favor of the Jays.
Divide County would cut the visitors’ lead, and a pair of freebies at the charity stripe by Deering put the Maroons within six, 23-17, heading into the break.
Coming out of intermission, the momentum began to swing in Divide County’s favor, as the Maroons made it a four-point game, and then a one-possession game. Divide County would string together an 11-4, with nine points from Bird, to take its first lead of the game since midway through the first quarter.
The lead would be short-lived, however, lasting about 25 seconds before Ray commenced a 7-0 run for the remainder of the game en route to the six-point win.
Bird led the way for Divide County with 19 points on 6-of-16 shooting, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Harward finished with 11 points to go along with 10 rebounds, tied for a game-high with Beauclair.
The Maroons will travel to Trinity Christian on Thursday and Stanley on Friday, both at 7:15 p.m.
“Now the games just get tougher and tougher,” Johnson said.
Tioga 68, Divide County 31
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Tioga 20 21 17 10
Divide County 11 4 12 4
Tioga: Parker Jackson 22, Jacob Porras 17, Patrick Frise 16, Dez’Juan Woodson 6, Kobie Longie 4, Austin Hove 2, Carter Valliere 1.
Divide County: Seth Haugland 10, Keaton Oien 8, Tyler Deering 5, Jake Bird 4, Ryder Beauclair 2, Colton Molloy 2.
Ray 51, Divide County 45
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Ray 14 9 17 11
Divide County 8 9 19 9
Ray: Atati Mita 22, Garrett Hodenfield 10, Hatley Nelson 9, Bunker Hill 5, Dawson Cvancara 3, Payson Cvancara 2.
Divide County: Jake Bird 19, Tyler Harward 11, Keaton Oien 6, Tyler Deering 4, Seth Haugland 3, Ryder Beauclair 2.
JV score: Ray 48, Divide County 28.
District 16 Standings
W L W L
Stanley 5 0 8 2
Kenmare 4 0 7 3
Powers Lake 5 4 6 4
Tioga 5 6 7 7
Burke County 1 2 5 4
Ray 1 4 3 8
Divide County 0 5 1 11