T-G-U upset at Region 6 Tournament
Towner-Granville-Upham left its ‘A’ game at home, and unfortunately that’s where the top-seeded Titans were headed following their 51-44 upset loss to No. 4 seed Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood in the first round of the Region 6 boys basketball tournament on March 8 in Minot.
T-G-U committed too many turnovers, took too many fouls, couldn’t get into an offensive rythym and was forced to play catch up.
It was a disappointing end to an otherwise solid season for T-G-U (16-7), which a week earlier claimed its first district title in 19 years.
The Titans committed a season-high 30 turnovers and looked tight in the early going, missing several open looks at the basket and missing several free throws.
T-G-U scored just four first quarter points and led just once, 14-13 late in the second quarter.
Despite the sluggish start, the Titans found themselves tied at halftime with the upset-minded Mavericks.
However, T-G-U couldn’t regroup at the intermission. M-L-S opened up a seven-point lead late in the third quarter and held off T-G-U from there, avenging a first round loss to the Titans at last year’s region tournament.
The Titans managed to trim the deficit to three points on three occasions in the fourth quarter, but the Mavericks always had an answer on the offensive end.
Prior to the game Walker said they wanted to push the tempo and not get into a low-scoring game with M-L-S.
However, that was just the kind of game the Mavericks were able to play.
The Titans were led by juniors Zach Thompson and Tyler Thorson who scored 16 and 11 points respectively. Thompson also grabbed 10 rebounds. However, the usually reliable supporting cast off the bench didn’t produce for T-G-U.
The Mavericks didn’t exactly play a picture perfect game, either. M-L-S committed 25 turnovers and struggled at times from the field, but did enough things right to advance.
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