2014-01-30 / Sports

Oelrichs knocks New Underwood from the undefeated ranks Pine Ridge, White River continue to roll, Red Cloud stalls

By Tom Crash
Times Sports Correspondent

OELRICHS/MITCHELL/KYLE - Oelrichs inadvertently played an ineligible player Tuesday night against RC Christian and the easy win turned into a 2-0 forfeit but the Tigers bounced back strong with a 55-47 win over previously unbeaten New Underwood on Thursday night on their home floor in Oelrichs.

Brendan Fast Horse and Jon Garnier both hit threes while Eriq Swiftwater hit a couple of twos to help the Tigers to a 10-6 lead at the end of one; in the second, Swiftwater caught fire hitting four twos and a three to lead the Tigers to a 25-14 lead at the half. Swiftwater didn't cool off in the third, hitting two more threes, a two and a free throw as Oelrichs went up 45- 24 after three quarters. Coach Will Garnier went to the bench in fourth quarter as Oelrichs cruised to to a 55-47 win, their tenth of the season against four losses.

Swiftwater finished with 30 points, 14 rebounds, five steals, two blocks and three assists, Fast Horse struggled from the field but managed to pull down 12 rebounds, finish with six assists and two steals.

The Tigers host Minatare on the 28th. Even with the forfeit to RC Christian, Oelrichs continues to earn points in the SD Sportswriter's poll.

White River held the lead the entire game against Ethan Saturday night in the Hanson Classic played in the Corn Palace in Mitchell but still needed a late free throw from junior Justin Prue with seconds left in the game to pull out a 51-50 win.

With the win, the Tigers pushed their season record to 11-1, kept their #1 ranking in the SD Sportswriters B poll and head to Friday night's re-match with LNI champ Pine Ridge with momentum and a sense purpose.

Tre Iyotte had a team high 12 points, Link Tucker helped with 11 and Christian Bartlett chipped in 10 points

"We're still learning, I hope we learned from this game, you can't have the lead for almost all of the game then relax and have to pull it out at the end," said Eldon Marshall, Tiger head coach, "teams have to learn to keep the pressure on, even when you have the lead, can't relax, the momentum can switch in such a hurry, it was a good lesson."

Pine Ridge relaxed in the third quarter at Custer Thursday night and the Wildcats pulled within seven 34-27 but the Thorpes cranked it up again to cruise to a 70-43 win.

Senior Jeff LeBeau led the way for the Thorpes with 24 points, Jacob Dreamer helped out with 19 while Jake Brown chipped in 12. Chase Glazier led Custer with 22 points.

Pine Ridge is 8-1, ranked #3 in the SD Sportswriters poll, hosts Little Wound Tuesday and #1ranked White River on Friday.

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