By Kristan Krogman
The White River Tigers entered post season play as the number one seed and clear favorite to win their ninth straight District 13B title. The Tigers didn’t disappoint, travelling a smooth path to the championship. They beat both Stanley County and Lyman County en route to the title.
The 2-18 Buffaloes of Stanley Co. were no match for White River in the semi-final game Thursday in Murdo. White River was led in scoring by Tavis Burbank with 20 points. Justice Morrison had five threes in the contest, totalling 15 points and Link Tucker played a well rounded game with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 9 steals. Three others also scored in double figures for the Tigers.
WR 27 53 81 101
SC 4 14 21 26
Tiger stats: Justin Prue 14 pts, 8 assists, 2 steals; Tré Iyotte 3 pts, 3 rebs, 3 assists, 2 steals; Link Tucker 14 pts, 4 rebs, 7 assists, 9 steals, 1 block; Tavis Burbank 20 pts, 8 rebs, 1 assists, 2 steals; Justin Folkers 10 pts, 1 reb, 1 steal, 1 block; Christian Bartlett 6 pts, 6 rebs, 1 assist, 3 steals; Bubba Young 6 pts, 7 rebs, 2 assists, 3 steals; Justice Morrison 15 pts, 1 reb, 2 assists, 2 steals; Tanner Larvie 1 reb, 2 assists; Gunner Piper 2 pts, 2 rebs, 3 steals; Bill Chauncey 5 pts, 5 rebs; Mat Beardt 1 rebound; Chris Eagle Bear 4 pts, 7 rebs, 1 steal, 1 block; and Cain Fairbanks 2 pts, 1 steal
The District Championship was held Friday night and pitted the Tigers against Lyman who upset Jones County in an exciting game the night previous.
Lyman came out with a lot of fire and kept things close through much of the first quarter. Trailing 7-8 with around three minutes remaining in the period, however, the Tigers went on an 11-0 run to end the period. The run gave White River the momentum they needed and they cruised to an 86-30 win.
WR 18 41 66 86
LY 8 14 22 30
Tiger stats: Prue 13 pts, 2 rebs, 2 assists, 4 steals; Iyotte 17 pts, 1 reb, 4 assists, 4 steals; Tucker 3 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 blocks; Burbank 18 pts, 3 rebs, 3 assists, 5 steals; Folkers 11 pts, 7 rebs, 1 block; Bartlett 7 pts, 6 rebs, 2 steals; Young 5 pts, 6 rebs, 1 assist; Morrison 1 pt, 4 steals; Piper 3 rebs, 1 steal; Chauncey 6 pts, 5 rebs; Beardt 2 pts, 1 steal; Fairbanks 1 rebound
White River wasn’t alone in number one seeds who came out on top through district play. Of the sixteen Class B districts, all but four were won by the top seeded team. Upsets were virtually non-existent as the other four district winners were number two seeds.
What set White River apart was the margin of victory in their semi-final and final round wins. The Tigers outscored their two opponents 187-56, a total margin of 131 points. Other district winners averaged a winning margin of just over 36 points (two game totals) with McLaughlin the closest to the Tigers, winning by a total of 69 points. Rosholt, the two seed in District one, had the lowest total, just a four point spread in their two wins.
The Tigers faced Oelrichs Tuesday evening in the Region 7B final, though results were unavailable for this week’s edition.