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Second half surge lifts Tigers past Brookings

Posted: Monday, Dec 10th, 2012

Huron’s Will Carr, right, defends as Tyler Nagy of Brookings drives to the basket during their game on Saturday at Huron Arena. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON —With opening jitters out of the way and a rough first quarter, the Huron Tiger boys’ basketball team found their stride and overcame a 25-14 deficit to defeat Brookings 51-41 Saturday night at Huron Arena.

Huron scored just two points in the first quarter and while they did get back within five at one point were staring at an 11-point Bobcat lead as Kaleb Vig hit a pair of free throws with 68 seconds to play in the second quarter.

However, the Tiger run to comeback victory would start with a three-pointer by J.P. Noonan who had a trio on the night and finished with 12 points.

During the basket a foul was called on Brookings and after the Tigers inbounded the ball and took a shot with James White grabbing the rebound and putting it back in to trim the lead six, 25-19, as the teams went into halftime.

The teams traded baskets in the beginning of the third period as Noonan and the Bobcat’s Braxton Carlson, who had four three-pointers, traded long-range shots but then the Tigers started to consistently score on trips down the court.

First was a put back from Adam Zwangiger who bounced back from a first half technical foul and showed great composure in leading the Tigers’ rally.

“I thought Adam showed great leadership tonight,” said Huron coach Tim Buddenhagen of Zwanziger’s 18-point, 12-rebound night.

He grabbed one of his six offensive rebounds to cut the lead to four, 28-24, then had another to make it 28-26.

Brookings then had one of their better offensive half-court sets as Zach Kress got free under the basket and a pass from the top of the key found him open for a layup, making it 30-26.

But as Huron was beginning to take over inside, they outrebounded the Bobcats 39-23, Brookings’ focus shifted to post players like Zwanziger and Justin Decker which created good looks for the Tigers on the outside.

Huron answered right back with a 3-pointer from Will Carr making it a 1-point game, 30-29.

Brookings looked to gain some momentum as Vig scored on a fast-break layup and drew a foul on Zwanziger completing a three-point play and pushing the lead back to four, 33-29.

However, the Bobcats would go on a prolonged scoring drought for the remaining four minutes of the third quarter. They would go scoreless on six trips, missing five shots and committing two turnovers.

According to Buddenhagen, this is where the Tigers’ play at both ends of the court began to feed each other.

With each defensive stop the Tigers began to be more patient on the offensive end and with each made basket the Tiger defense and the scoreboard put more pressure on the Bobcats.

Meanwhile, the Tigers would pull back within one point as Zwanziger scored on a post move, drew a foul and hit the free throw to make it 33-32 with three minutes left.

Then with 30 seconds left in the period the Tigers took their first lead since hitting the first basket of the game, as Zwanziger drove baseline and hit a basket to make it 34-33.

Even as the fourth quarter began the Bobcats continued to struggle offensively as they missed two more shots and committed another turnover in the first three trips of the quarter.

Huron, on the other hand, scored on both of their opening possessions with a putback by Hayden Busch and a putback by Zwanziger to make it 38-33.

Vig tried to keep the Bobcats in the game as he hit a 3-pointer with five minutes remaining to end the seven minute scoring drought.

A couple of possessions later Brookings managed to tie the game as Kress hit his only other basket of the night, a slashing drive with 3:49 on the clock.

The Tigers answered with four straight unanswered scoring trips that started with a pair of free throws from Zwanziger then Carr hit his second 3-pointer of the night to push the lead to 43-38 with less than three minutes to play.

“Once we can build that 7 to 8 point lead we can force teams to get trigger happy,” said Buddenhagen.

After the Tigers set up their press after the basket, forcing an inbound play from midcourt, Noonan made a great play on the inbound pass.

Brookings lobbed the ball into their backcourt but Noonan beat the Brookings player to the ball and hit the layup to make it 45-38 and the Tigers never looked back.

Noonan added a free thow and Zwanziger added two more with a minute left to play as the Tigers made it a 10-point run.

Two more free throws by Will Carr pushed the lead to 12, before Brookings got their final points on a 3-point play by Tyler Nagy to make it 50-41.

Lucas Morrison added a free throw with around 30 seconds to play to finish the scoring as the Tigers got the ball back and ran out the clock.

The Tigers are now 1-1 on the season and will next host Rapid City Stevens on Friday.

Brookings 9 25 33 41

Huron 2 19 34 51

Brookings (1-1) Zach Kress 2 0-1 4, Braxton Carlson 5 0-2 14, Tyler Nagy 1 1-1 3, Kaleb Vig 4 9-11 19, Konner Vig 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12 11-17 41.

Huron (1-1) J.P. Noonan 4 1-2 12, Will Carr 2 2-3 8, Lucas Morrison 1 1-2 3, Adam Zwanziger 6 6-7 12, Justin Decker 2 0-0 4, james White 1 0-0 2, Caleb Carr 1 0-0 2, Hayden Busch 1 0-0 2. Totals: 18 10-14 51.

Three-point goals: B 6 (Carlson 4, Ka.Vig 2); H 5 (Noonan 3, W.Carr 2); Rebounds: B 23 (Carlson 6, Kress 3, Zach Page 3). Assists: B 9 (Kress 2, nagy 2, Ka.Vig 2); H 9 (Morrison 5). Steals: B 13 (Nagy 3, Ka.Vig 3, Ko.Vig 2,Carlson 2). Blocks B (Carlson 1, Page 1, Moret 1); Huron 2 (Decker 2). Turnovers B 17; H 21. Fouls: B 18 (Page 5); H 18. Technical Foul: Zwanziger.

Friday’s boxscore

Pierre 13 22 34 44

Huron 7 18 22 33

Pierre (1-0) Garrett Pochop 1 0-0 2, Austin Christopherson 0 1-2 1, Carson Eisenbeisz 1 1-2 3, Lane Severyn 6 5-9 19, Zach Hanson 4 6-9 14, Erin Severyn 1 0-0 2, Cody Honeywell 1 0-0 3. Totals: 14 13-22 44.

Huron (0-1) J.P. Noonan 2 0-0 6, Lucas Morrison 2 0-3 4, Adam Zwanziger 1 0-1 2, Justin Decker 4 3-4 11, Hayden Busch 3 0-0 9, Tre Henderson 0 0-3 0, Caleb Carr 0 1-2 1, James White 0 0-2 0. Totals: 12 4-15 33.

Three-point goals: P 3 (Severyn 2, Honeywell); H 5 (Busch 3, Noonan 2). Rebounds: P 38 (Severyn 15, Hanson 6, Pochop 5); H 37 (Decker 8, Zwanziger 4, Noonan 4, Busch 4). Assists: P 7 (Pochop 4); H 7 (Morrison 3, Zwanziger 3). Steals: P 9 (Pochop 5, Eisenbeisz 2); H 3 (C.Carr 2, Busch 1). Blocks P 3 (Severyn 2, Hanson 1); H 1 (Decker 1). Turnovers: P 17; H 18. Fouls: P 18 (Christopherson 5, Severyn 5); Huron 18.


The Huron junior varsity team dropped their season opener to Pierre 60-48.

The Tigers led by nine after the first period but were outscored by 10 points in both the second and fourth quarter.

For the Tigers Hayden Busch had 17 points including three three-pointers while while grabbing six rebounds.

Trey Moeding also had six rebounds to go along with five points.

Tre Henderson had five points and three assists while Houstyn Heinz had three points and four steals.


The Tiger sophomore team fell 55-52 to Pierre in tight ballgame that had the two teams tied through three quarters at 37.

Kaison Thies had 17 points to lead the Tigers and Mason Stahly had 12 points. The duo combine for eight three-pointers with Thies hitting five and Stahly three.

Peyton Carr grabbed a team high eight rebounds with six points and Moeding had seven rebounds with five points and three assists.

Sam Carr grabbed six rebounds and had eight points.

Heinz had a game-high five assists with four points and both Peyton Carr and Heinz had a pair of steals.

Freshman Boys

The Huron Tiger freshman team were defeated 51-43 Friday night against Pierre.

Riley Goeller had 19 points, Noah Boehrns and Greg Conrad each had five, while Deion Waddle had four.

For the complete article see the 12-09-2012 issue.

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