Huronís Adam Zwanziger puts the ball on the floor as he heads for the basket against Aberdeen Centralís Tyler Block during their game Tuesday at Huron Arena. In the next photo, Huronís JP Noonan dribbles against pressure by the Aberdeen Central defense during their game Tuesday at Huron Arena. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
HURON ó The Huron Tigers did their best impression of Las Vegas poker players grinding out a 51-47 victory over the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles Tuesday night at Huron Arena.
There was no big pot victories where either team went on a 10-0 run, only the methodical hand after hand small pot wins as the Tigers held a small lead for most of the game.
The biggest lead the Tigers had all night came after a 6-0 run over the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter, as they built a 45-36 lead.
The third quarter ended with both teams trading baskets on three consecutive trips.
Huron led 35-29, after junior Justin Decker scored on a nice give-and-go play with just more than three minutes to play in the quarter.
The next basket came with just more than two minutes to play as the Golden Eaglesí Brady Mohr hit a jumper cutting the lead to 35-31.
Adam Zwanziger then hit a pair of free throws to make it 37-31.
Aberdeen Central answered with a three-pointer from Josh Higlemann, one of three he had on the night, to make it 37-34.
Zwanziger then scored on a drive from the high post, pushing the lead to five 39-34.
Aberdeen Central got its final basket of the quarter as Tyler Block scored on a post move and the Golden Eagles finished with 36 points at the end of three periods.
Huron had one final answer from Zwanziger as he hit a running hook in the lane, making 41-36 at the end of three quarters.
That basket was the beginning of the 6-0 run, and when Decker followed with a steal he took the length of the court for a layup, the Tiger lead was seven 43-36.
Will Carr added a baseline drive to cap the run with 6:40 remaining to play in the final quarter and the Tigers up 45-36.
The Golden Eagles would not hit their first field goal of the quarter until the 4:22 mark, as Higlmann hit a three-pointer. That combined with a pair of free throws from Mohr a few trips earlier Aberdeen Central cut the lead in half 45-41.
The Golden Eagles kept coming as Carter Paulson added a three-point play on the next trip down shaving the Tiger lead to just one-point, 45-44.
After another missed trip by the Tigers, their fifth empty trip in the row, Mohr scored on a three-point play and the Golden Eagles took a two-point lead, 47-45 with 2:55 remaining.
However, it was time for one scoring streak to end and another to begin, as Aberdeen Central wouldnít score the rest of the game, while Huron hit its first bucket a 16-foot jumper from Decker with 2:19 to play which tied the game at 47 and ended the Tigersí four-plus minute scoring drought.
The Golden Eagles which played at a deliberate pace throughout the night, missed a three-pointer with just more than two minutes to play.
Decker was fouled during the Tiger possession and hit a pair of free throws to put Huron up for good, 49-47.
Aberdeen had a chance to tie with free throws of their own but unlike Decker they missed the front end of the one-and-one with Decker grabbing the rebound.
The Tigers drained the clock on their next possession and after grabbing a rebound on a errant shot the Golden Eagles were forced to foul.
The Tigers missed the front end of the one-and-one and Aberdeen Central had new life.
However, after calling timeout to set up a play, the Golden Eagles were called for traveling, giving the Tigers back the ball with 8.3 seconds on the clock.
Lucas Morrison was then fouled as the ball was inbounded and he made the long walk down the court before hitting both free throws to put the game out of reach.
Decker led the Tigers with 14 points on the night including 6-of-8 from the field (75 percent) as he was the main contributor to the Tigers shooting 55 percent from the field for the game.
Zwanziger was 3-of-4 for nine points and the trio of J.P. Noonan, Will Carr and Hayden Busch all finished with eighth points apiece and each shot better than 50 percent for the game.
The Tigers also outrebounded the Golden Eagles 24-16 as Decker had six and Noonan grabbed four.
The thing that kept Huron from pulling away was turnovers.
The Golden Eagles pressed all night but didnít get the turnovers of the press, but the Tigers struggled at times with unforced errors in their half-court offense.
For the Golden Eagles Mohr had a game-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting and he went 5-for-5 from the line.
Higlemann and Paulson each added 11 points.
Aberdeenís downfall was not turnovers as they committed just 12 in the game but they grabbed just 16 rebounds and shot 42 percent. Higlmann led the Golden Eagles with three rebounds.
The Tigers now turn their attention to their East River trip this weekend where they will play Spearfish (8-4 in Class A) Friday night and Sturgis (5-9 in Class AA) Saturday afternoon.
Aberdeen Central 13 22 36 47
Huron 16 23 41 51
Aberdeen Central (4-10, 2-10): Josh Hilgemann 4 0-0 11; Carter Paulson 4 3-4 11; Brady Mohr 6 5-5 18; Jacob Goehring 1 0-0 3; Aaron Lorenz 0 2-2 2; Tyler Block 1 0-0 2. Totals: 16 10-11 47.
Huron (10-4, 6-4): JP Noonan 3 0-0 8; Will Carr 3 0-0 8; Lucas Morrison 0 2-2 2; Adam Zwanziger 3 3-4 9; Justin Decker 6 2-4 14; Caleb Carr 1 0-0 2; Hayden Busch 3 0-0 8. Totals: 19 7-10 51.
Rebounds: AC 16 (Hilgemann 3, Paulson 3); H 24 (Decker 6). 3-point goals: AC 5 (Hilgemann 3, Mohr 1, Goehring 1); H 6 (Noonan 2, W. Carr 2, Busch 2). Turnovers: AC 12; H 18. Assists: AC 9 (Goehring 4); H 12 (Decker 3). Steals: AC 6 (Mohr 2); H 5 (Noonan 2). Fouls: AC 15; H 14.
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