Posted 12/22/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Shrugging off a 24-point loss to Berthold two days earlier, the Tioga boys’ basketball team rallied past Ray 74-68 in overtime on Friday night in the third-place game of the Stanley Lions tournament.
Ray had overcome an early 13-0 deficit to take a seven-point lead in the second half. Tioga’s defense recorded a 16-7 edge in steals, and the Pirates took advantage of 29 free throws by making 23.
Patrick Frise led the Pirates with 28 points and 17 rebounds, and Jacob Porras and Parker Jackson each had 19 points.
Atati Mita led Ray with 27 points, and Garrett Hodenfield had 15. Bunker Hill and Hatley Nelson each had nine points.
Ray’s appearance in the third-place game was the result of a 60-43 loss Thursday in a semifinal game against Stanley. Mita had 20 points for Ray, while Hodenfield had 12 points.
The Pirates, meanwhile, fell to the Berthold Bombers 78-54 on Thursday. Frise led the Pirates with 16 points. Marmon and Jackson each scored nine points. Garrett Hanson led the Bombers with 18 points.
Two Jays scored in double figures as Ray ran away from Burke County, 65-31, on Dec. 15.
Mita led the Jays in scoring with 19 points. Joining Mita in double figures was Hodenfield (16).
Josh Baumann and Josh Kihle each had nine points to lead the Titans.
Tioga held off Powers Lake on Dec. 14 with a 52-50 victory.
Tioga saw three players score in double figures, led by the play of Frise, who paced the Pirates in scoring after tallying 25 points and 23 rebounds. Jackson notched 15 points, while Porras scored 10 points, along with two blocks.
Logan Klitzke paced Powers Lake, scoring 14 points on the night. Aiden Nordloef scored 12 points.
The Ranchers took a 17-10 advantage into the second quarter of play, but Tioga would win the final three quarters, outscoring Powers Lake by a narrow margin each time.
Tioga will return to action on Jan. 2 when the Pirates travel to Stanley following the holidays. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. They also host Berthold on Jan. 4 and visit Ray on Jan. 5.
The Jays return to action Jan. 4 at home, hosting Powers Lake in a 7:15 p.m. contest, before hosting Tioga the next night.
The two teams face off again in Ray on Jan. 5.