YODER – The visiting Mitchell Tigers outscored the Southeast boys’ basketball team 23-7 in the fourth quarter Tuesday evening.
It was enough for the Tigers to pull away for a 75-58 victory in a cross-state matchup in Yoder.
“We were tired,” Cyclone coach Crockett Herring said. “We short one person so we were truly only played six players.”
With the team’s lone senior Cade Herring out, the Cyclones relied heavily on only six players throughout the game.
Sophomore Hayden Anderson gave Southeast an early 3-2 advantage with a 3-pointer in the first minute and a half into the game, but the rest of the opening quarter belonged to the Tigers.
“That’s a good basketball team,” Herring said. “It’s hard to defend when they shoot threes that well and have a big kid inside.”
Mitchell pushed its lead to 22-11 early in the second quarter before the Cyclones mounted a charge over the next two quarters.
Anderson scored six straight points to close the gap to 22-17.
Southeast continued to chip away at the deficit, and late in the second quarter, junior Patrick Swank knocked in a 3-pointer to draw the Cyclones within 36-34.
Southeast kept the momentum on their side going into the third quarter.
“We shot the ball better,” Herring said. “This was the first game in six games that we actually threw it in the ocean and hit water. If we can continue to shoot better and get everybody involved, we’ll be okay.”
The Cyclones scored the first six points of the frame to retake the lead, 40-37.
Midway through the third, Mitchell wrestled the lead back away from Southeast, but the Cyclones kept things close, trailing 52-51 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
However, Mitchell went on an 11-3 run over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter as they pulled away for the 17-point victory.
As a team, the Cyclones shot 40 percent from the field and were led by Anderson with 22 points. Sophomore Sawyer Anderson and Swank added 12 apiece, while Sawyer Anderson also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The Cyclones fell to 4-10 faced Lingle-Fort Laramie on Thursday evening and will turn around travel north to Moorcroft Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.
“I don’t know much about Moorcroft. I know they are struggling record-wise,” Herring said. “We’ll make the long trip up there and see how we fair.”