Pair of losses brings Tigers back to earth
After their season-opening win over Hudson, members of the New Richmond boys basketball team were being treated like rock stars.
The Tigers then got a huge dose of humble pie fed to them by the Durand boys last Tuesday. Durand jumped ahead of the Tigers 26-4 in the first quarter and the Tigers were never in contention, losing 70-46.
That loss left the Tigers wondering which team they were, the team
that had looked so good against Hudson or the team that had played so badly at Durand.
On Friday at Prescott, the Tigers showed they are more like the team that shined so brightly against Hudson.
New Richmond and Prescott waged a defensive, back-and-forth struggle, before the Tigers were able to pull ahead by 10 points with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Prescott cut that lead to four with a minute left, then tied the game, forcing the game into overtime.
Brock Peterson hit a three-pointer in the overtime, but the Tigers also missed a handful of short-range shots and Prescott was able to escape with a 41-39 win.
Tiger coach Patrick Olson was pleased with how the Tigers responded following the debacle at Durand, but knew that a great chance at a win got away on Friday.
"Coming back to take one of the top teams in the conference to overtime, that's a huge step," Olson said. "We put ourselves in a position to win, we just didn't finish."
Peterson led the Tigers with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three steals against Prescott. Brett Anderson added seven rebounds and Pete Elkin scored eight points.
Olson said this game showed areas where the Tigers do need work. He said they gave up too many rebounds, giving Prescott several easy putbacks. He said the Tigers also need to play their style on offense more.
"There were opportunities to push the ball up on the break and we didn't do it," Olson said.
He said the defensive effort was something to build on, especially considering that Anderson and Elkin missed large chunks of the game with foul trouble.
The Tigers went to Durand last Tuesday knowing that the Panthers are a team that thrives on momentum. Once Durand got the momentum in the opening moments of the game, the Tigers could do nothing to shut it off.
"We knew they were athletic, but they played defense and that's not a tell-tale sign of Durand," Olson said. "They shot close to 80 percent in the first quarter and we shot 20 percent."
After the first quarter the game was fairly even, but there was no way the Tigers were going to be able to make up the huge first-half deficit.
Anderson was able to put together a solid night for the Tigers, with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Elkin finished with 10 points and seven rebounds on the court where he suffered a major knee injury at the end of last season.
The Tigers will now try to post their first Middle Border Conference win, when they play at home this Thursday. Ellsworth will be the opponent in Thursday's game.
New Richmond 39 in OT
NEW RICHMOND (39)
Evans 0 0-0 0, Aldous 0 0-0 0, Kleiner 2 2-4 6, Peterson 5 2-3 13, Slocum 0 0-0 0, Elkin 4 0-0 8, Steen 1 2-2 4, Atterholt 1 0-0 2, Anderson, 3 0-2 6, Berger 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 6-11 39.
N.Kistler 0 0-2 0, Erickson 3 0-0 9, Charette 0 0-2 0, Magnan 2 1-2 6, C.Kistler 4 1-2 10, Seifert 5 3-5 13, Swanson 1 0-2 3. Totals 15 5-16 41.
New Richmond 10 4 14 8 3 39
Prescott 6 9 6 15 5 41
Three-point goals -- Peterson, Erickson 3, Magnan, C.Kistler. Fouled out -- Anderson. Total fouls -- New Richmond 17, Prescott 15.