Roughriders coach Kirby Krefting takes credit score (or blame) for drawing Minot in its opener. “Three years in the past we set it as much as play them first. We do not match up with them in addition to we did up to now,” stated Krefting, whose staff was with out its lone returning starter, Jordan Polynice (two-recreation suspension for college misconduct violation), from a yr in the past.
“We knew it might be a troublesome process due to our inexperience. We knew we might play a whole lot of guys, and that these guys would play exhausting. We did that. We noticed loads of issues that, at occasions, appeared good. We noticed plenty of issues we have to work on. We’ll use this as a studying software.”
Minot, however, returns two starters and two of the highest reserves from final season’s state championship staff.
The Magicians rolled with their protection within the first half and their lengthy-vary capturing within the second half.
Minot constructed a forty eight-19 lead at halftime, scoring 26 factors off turnovers as Pink River struggled towards the Magicians’ strain protection. Minot hit 9 three-level photographs to account for 27 of its forty five second-half factors.
“We did not do a fantastic job shifting the ball (within the first half), however we obtained stepping into transition. We received some turnovers and ran,” stated Magicians coach Dean Winczewski, a former Pink River assistant basketball coach (1998-ninety nine season). “Within the second half, we did a greater job of shifting the ball and discovering open shooters. We really feel capturing is one among our strengths.
“We have been a bit of sloppy at occasions. There are issues we have now to wash up on. However I liked our effort.”
Chandler Albertson had 20 factors and Devin Mikell 17 to steer an offense that noticed Minot have 5 gamers rating in double figures.
“We did not rotate as nicely defensively within the second half,” Krefting stated. “We gave them too many open seems to be. They moved the ball nicely.”
Pierson Painter scored eleven to steer the Roughriders.