Posted 3/01/16 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
The Tioga boys’ basketball team poured in 78 points on 43 percent shooting to shoot down the No. 6 seeded Burke County Titans 78-59 on Monday night in the region-qualifier round of the 2016 District 16 boys’ basketball tournament at Tioga High School.
Tioga was 30 of 69 (43 percent) from the field overall, 5 of 14 (35 percent) from behind the 3-point line and 13 of 21 (61 percent) from the foul line in the double-digit win.
“The kids played well on offense,” Tioga head coach Justin Nelson said. “They were attacking the hole, and they played smart.”
The Pirates had three players in double figures, led by senior Jacob Porras and junior Parker Jackson. Porras totaled 24 points on 11-of-23 shooting overall for the contest, while Jackson tallied 21 points. Senior Patrick Frise finished with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
Burke County had two players in double figures, led by Matthew Hinds’s game-high 27 points on 12-of-24 shooting. Joshua Kihle chipped in with 19 points.
The Titans opened up the game with the lead until a shot from Frise put the Pirates in front at 7-5 at the 6:08 mark of the opening quarter.
Tioga did not look back and led the rest of the way, as Porras followed with two buckets to give the Pirates a six-point lead at 11-5 with 5:34 to play in the first quarter.
For every Burke County basket, the Pirates had an answer, as Tioga pushed its lead out to as high as seven on three different occasions until free throws from Frise, Cole Marmon and Dez’Juan Woodson increased the home team’s lead to double digits at 37-26 with 2:43 on the second-quarter game clock. The Pirates took a 40-34 lead into the halftime break.
Burke County refused to go away and battled to cut the Pirates’ lead to three at 49-46 on a basket from Hinds at the 2:53 mark of the third quarter. Tioga used a 17-6 spurt to pull away late and seal the win.
Tioga, who improved to 11-11 overall on the year with the win, now moves on to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Region 8 boys’ basketball tournament on Monday next week at 3 p.m. at Williston State College versus the No. 1 seeded Parshall Braves.
Jays fall to Powers Lake
The Ray boys’ basketball team led at times in the first half, but the Powers Lake Ranchers defeated the Jays 72-60 in the other region qualifier. With the loss, the Jays fell to 7-14 overall on the season.
Both teams were able to maintain a consistent offensive attack for much of the game, but the Ranchers had an advantage as big as 69-54 with 1:54 left to go in regulation. Powers Lake shot 44 percent from the floor and went 7 of 16 (43 percent) from 3-point range. The Jays shot 42 percent in the game.
“They’re quite a bit quicker than us,” Ray head coach Michael Bergstrom said. “We had a hard time keeping them in front of us, and they were able to knock down a few more shots.”
Atati Mita scored a game-high 28 points in 30 minutes of action. Trevor Hayes finished with 14 points, while Hatley Nelson registered 10 points.
Hayes opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, and the Jays took off from there to hold a six-point edge with 4:28 to play in the first quarter. The Ranchers then erased their deficit and took a 33-28 lead into the halftime break and kept the Jays at arm’s length the rest of the way.
Kenmare held Tioga to five first-quarter points in a 67-43 victory in the semifinals on Saturday. Frise and Jackson each had 11 points.
“They’re always challenging shots,” Nelson said of Kenmare. “If you’re going to drive, they’re going to have another guy waiting to pick you up, so you’re almost going 1-on-2 a lot of the times.”
Frise had 29 points to lead Tioga past Ray 74-54 in Friday’s quarterfinals. Jackson and Porras respectively added 19 and 16 points for Tioga.
Ray put together a 23-16 lead through one quarter, but Tioga outscored the Jays by nine, eight and 10 points in the remaining three quarters.
Mita, the district’s senior athlete of the year, led Ray with 23 points, and Garrett Hodenfield added 14.
After Kenmare defeated Stanley in the championship, Jackson, Frise, Mita and Hodenfield received all-district honors.