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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Wolves battle back to defeat Herders


February 19, 2020

For the third consecutive season the Three Forks High School boys basketball team is headed to the finals of the 5B District Tournament. The top-seeded Wolves (16-3) overcame a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Big Timber 67-56 Friday afternoon in the semifinals and will move on to the final Saturday against second-seeded Manhattan. The tip-off Saturday night is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at the Belgrade Events Center.

It was a slow start for the Wolves who trailed 11-8 at the end of a first quarter and 21-16 at half led by Micaiah Hauser who had 12 going into the break.

With his team scoring just 16 in the first half, Three Forks Head Coach Terry Hauser told his team they were outrebounded 29-15 in the first half.

"I said to them that is all effort, it's pure effort gentleman," Hauser said.

Three Forks stormed back in the third thanks to another strong quarter from Hauser and strong inside play from Austin Allen. A Hauser three with 28 second left in the quarter put the Wolves up 40-36.

Hauser said to his team at half that he wanted them to take the ball to the hoop.

"I told them attack, attack, attack. You've got to take open shots if they are available but finish at the rim and get to the free throw line," he said.

The Wolves were strong in fourth and broke open a close game midway through the quarter on a deep three from Owen Long and steal and layup from Allen to push the lead to double figures at 53-42.

Hauser was one of four Wolves in double figures with a game high 32 points. Long had 12, and Allen and Zach Pitcher each finished with 10. Trenton Nimmick added three points.

Hauser praised the play of Micaiah who he said dislocated his finger, popped it back in, and still went on to have 32 points.

He was also pleased with the balanced scoring the second half.

"We have got to have other guys step up. Someone has to help out with scoring and tonight in the second half we did," he said.

Looking towards the district final Friday, Hauser is excited for the opportunity to get win after losing in the championship the last two seasons.

"Watching that other team hold up a trophy is not fun. We want it, but the most important part is we are moving on to the final," he said.

With the win, the Wolves punched their ticket to the Southern B Divisional Tournament for the third straight season.


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