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Wolves win wild season opener against Harrison

It was a wild back-and-forth affair in the season opener for the Three Forks High School Boys' Basketball team.

After not taking their first lead until early in the third quarter of the December 1 road game at Harrison, the Wolves would go up by double figures in the fourth quarter before a furious Wildcat run in the closing minutes.

With the game tied at 59 late in the fourth, Dylan Swenson would nail a shot to give Three Forks a 61-59 lead with 7.8 seconds left in regulation. Harrison would get to within one on a free throw with .6 seconds left, but their second attempt from the charity stripe fell short, giving the Wolves a hard-fought 61-60 victory.

"That was a tough first game. Harrison is a heck of a team, and this is a tough place to play. It's crowded, and like playing in the movie 'Hoosiers,' it's an old-school gym. I knew it was going to be like this coming in, loud and chaotic," Three Forks Head Coach Terry Hauser said.

It was a huge first night on the varsity squad for freshman Kanon Reichman, who finished with a team-high 20 points.

Hauser said the fact Reichman played both ways on varsity football for three or four months helped out with his first game for the squad.

"He was pretty calm and collected out there, and he is a great kid," Hauser said.

Swenson also had a big night for the Wolves, finishing with 15, and Sam Tesoro was also in double figures with 10.

Caleb Van Vleet added seven points, Colten Hayder finished with four, Dryden Frisinger had three, and Tallyn McCauley finished with two.

"I'm happy with the win, but there were some things we can do better, and one of them is keeping our cool. We will go back and watch some film and improve. Anytime you can get some film and improve for a week and really digest what you did wrong and right in film sessions is awesome, especially before you play teams like Fairfield and Malta," Hauser said.

It will be a busy week plus of action for Three Forks, who play against Fairfield and Malta at a tournament on Friday and Saturday in Shelby before returning home on Monday, December 11, for the home opener against defending Class C Champion Manhattan Christian.

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