Tidioute boys earn first win of season

Tidioute has been building for the future with a core group of young players, and it all came together on Monday for the season’s first win on the road against Forest Area, 58-56.

The Bulldogs took advantage of their opportunities from the foul line to hold off Forest in the fourth quarter. Sophomores Ryan Williams and Jared Veasey were a combined 7-of-8 from the charity stripe in the final frame to help secure the win.

“It was a combination of a couple of things,” said Tidioute coach Terry Cotterman. “We played a little better defense — which is something that’s been coming around for us — and the shots were falling tonight. The kids ran the offense as well as the have all year, and of course if you make foul shots at the end of the game you have a good chance to win.”

Williams finished with 18 points including nine from beyond the arc. Freshman Julian Gillenwater helped the Bulldogs stay close in the first half and finished the night with 15 points while classmate Maison DeLoe chipped in 12 points with eight rebounds.

Veasey had 10 rebounds in the win while Patrick Shields finished with a line of 10 rebounds, five steals and four blocks. Forest was led by Seth Berlin, who finished with 16 points.

“It was a good team effort,” Cotterman said. “We got in a little bit of foul trouble, but the kids off the bench came in and played well. It was a good effort all around, they needed one.”

The Bulldogs will look for win number two Wednesday at Sheffield.

Jakob Magda led Tidioute with eight points in a 54-29 loss to the Fires.

TIDOUTE (58): Veasey 7, Shields 5, Williams 18 (3 3s), Gillenwater 15, DeLoe 12, Kennedy 2.

FOREST (56): Berlin 16, Marshall 3, Dicorpo 12, Ralston 7, Kahle 5, Slater 9.

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