Herders suffer losses, prepare for tournaments
Trailing 33-23 at halftime, Big Timber tried to regroup and take control of their final conference game.
The Herders came out in the third quarter and outscored the Manhattan Tigers 15-11, trimming their deficit to just six points at the start of the final period.
But Manhattan’s defense tightened its grip, holding Big Timber’s offense to just two points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Herders 55-40 Friday night.
Manhattan’s Garrett Duncan went 6-for-12 from the field and made 5-of-9 from three-point range to finish with 17 points for the Tigers.
Big Timber sophomore Kell Schwers scored a game-high 18 points and fellow sophomore Blake Finn had nine points and five rebounds for the Herders.
The Tigers went 53-percent from beyond the arc and outscored Big Timber in the paint, 26-16.
Big Timber was tough on the offensive boards led by senior Cody Hathaway, who finished with 11 rebounds and two points for the Herders to outrebound Manhattan, 17-7.
Sophomore Casey Gunlikson scored three points and had seven rebounds and four steals and sophomore Jacob Roberts added eight points and five rebounds for Big Timber (4-12, 2-8 5B).
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By Jordan P. Ingram / Yellowstone Newspapers
OLIVIA KEITH / Big Timber Pioneer
Herder Kell Schwers (center) jumps between two Park High defenders to reach the basket during their game last weekend which the Herders lost 41-39.