Posted 3/08/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Tioga opened the first few minutes going toe-to-toe with Parshall in the quarterfinal round of the Region 8 boys’ basketball tournament at Williston State College, but the District 15 champion Braves used a 16-9 second quarter to open up the tight start and beat the Pirates 66-42.
Tioga ended the season at 11-12, while Parshall improved to 21-2 on the year.
Tioga got baskets from Jacob Porras and Patrick Frise for a 5-0 lead before the Braves went on a 9-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish.
The Pirates shot just 22 percent against Parshall, while the Braves connected on 50 percent from the floor.
“We couldn’t put the ball in the hole,” Tioga head coach Justin Nelson said. “They had about the same number of shots that we did; they just made twice as many, and that was the game in a nutshell.”
The Braves never relented, opening a 29-point lead the Pirates couldn’t overcome.
Two Pirate seniors paced the way for Tioga in the contest.
Frise finished with 21 points to lead Tioga, while Porras collected 10 points. Junior Parker Jackson added eight.
“Both teams played really hard,” Nelson said. “It was just that they made shots and we didn’t.”
New Town, Kenmare and Trinity Christian also advanced.
Parshall 66, Tioga 42
1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Tioga 13 9 7 13
Parshall 21 16 12 17
Tioga: Patrick Frise 21, Jacob Porras 13, Parker Jackson 8.
Parshall: Monte Good Bird 20, Deyondre Simpson 14, Jelani Foote 14, James Jarski 8, Talon Two Crow 6, Billy Johnson 4.