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No. 5 Tigers avenge loss against Yankton

Modified: Thursday, Feb 16th, 2017

Huron's Tye Evers, 40, and Kobe Busch collapse on the drive by Yankton's Rex Ryken, 14, during their Eastern South Dakota Conference boys' basketball game on Tuesday at the YHS Gym. Also pictured on the pla are Yankton's Matthew Mors, 32, and Huron's Cole Korkow. PHOTO BY JAMES D. CIMBUREK/YANKTON P&D

YANKTON The Huron Tigers ran their winning streak to six straight, avenging a January loss behind 14 three-point field goals and taking a 67-50 win from the Yankton Bucks Tuesday night in ESD boys' basketball action.

Huron came in riding a five-game win streak, since a 60-36 loss to the Bucks back on Jan. 21. Huron moves to 12-5 on the season while Yankton falls to 7-11 and sees their losing streak grow to five straight.

Yankton attempting to break a four-game losing streak, while Huron came in riding a five-game winning streak. The last time the Tigers had tasted defeat was on Jan. 21, when Yankton put a 60-36 blemish on Huron's record.

"I thought that our guys did a really good job of making plays when we needed them tonight," said Tiger head coach Tim Buddenhagen. "They didn't panic when Yankton made a run late did what we needed done to get the win."Huron drew first blood as Cole Korkow drained a three-pointer at the 6:20 mark. Yankton responded with back-to-back field goals from Justin Leader and Rex Ryken to take a one-point lead.

Baskets from Clay Korkow and Kobe Busch countered a short jumper from Yankton's Matthew Mors, before Cole Korkow scored five straight points to make it 12-6, Tigers.

But Yankton closed the quarter on a 9-0 run, with Mors doing most of the damage, to take a 15-12 lead into the second stanza.

The second quarter found both teams cooling from the field, at least at the start. A lone three-pointer by Clay Korkow at the five minute mark tied the score, but when Busch hit a trio of long threes from the left wing on three consecutive possessions, it put Huron up by nine, 24-15.

Ryken stemmed the bleeding briefly for the Bucks, but Cole Korkow hit one-of-two from the line, Hyland Heinz hit a pair of charity tosses and followed it on the next Huron possession with a deep three from the corner for a 30-17 bulge.

Yankton got a pair of late free throws to carve the lead to 11 points, but an 18-4 quarter put Huron firmly in control.

"Kobe is really beginning to grow into himself as a ballplayer," Buddenhagen said. "The game is starting to slow down for him and those threes gave us a little breathing room. And as it always does, when the ball goes in it makes it a little easier to hit the next one and the one after that."

The halftime break was more of a simple pause for the Huron offense, as they came out firing - successfully - from distance. Long threes from first Heinz and then Busch made the lead 17. Leader hit a deuce, which was countered by a driving Heinz layup, then Jack Wolfgram hit a three-pointer for the Bucks to make it 38-24.

But back-to-back threes from Heinz and Cole Korkow pushed the lead to 20 and while Yankton managed to make a mini run that bridged the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth, the Tigers maintained a double-digit lead until the 3:30 mark of the fourth quarter.

Mors converted an old-fashioned three-point play, which capped a 7-0 run that all came from the 6-foot, 6-inch, 8th-grader, to make it 56-47 and prompting a Buddenhagen timeout.

The pep talk worked, as Heinz broke a long scoreless streak with a long three pointer. Busch went belly button to belly button with Mors, blocking shots on consecutive Yankton possessions and when Clay Korkow found brother Cole Korkow on the baseline, the lead was back to 13 at 61-48.

"Kobe said 'I got him coach,' and then he went out and did it," Buddenhagen said.

Four straight free throws, from first Cole Korkow and then Isaac Carr, with a Cole Korkow breakaway off a steal sealed the 67-50 win.

"Our defense was okay tonight, but we didn't do a good job of limiting our opponent to one shot," Buddenhagen said. "When a team gets an offensive rebound it often leads to an open three. But everyone contributed again tonight. The guys came in off the bench did well and we all communicated and got things done."

Cole Korkow led an incredibly balanced scoring attack for the Tigers with 21 points. Heinz chipped in 16 and both Clay Korkow and Busch tallied 14 in the win.

Huron hit a toasty 14-29 from behind the arc as Heinz, Busch and Cole Korkow each notched four threes and Clay Korkow added two more.

Mors was the lone Buck to dent double figures with 22 points

The game marked the end of the road games for the Tigers in the regular season. Huron will host Aberdeen Central in a huge District 3AA matchup Thursday night at Huron Arena. Central defeated Huron by 19 points in early January, so there is another chance to avenge an earlier loss on the table for the Tigers.

Home games against Harrisburg on Saturday and Pierre next Tuesday will close the regular season for Huron.

Huron 12 18 18 19 67

Yankton 15 4 16 15 50

HURON (12-5): Clay Korkow 5-11 2-2 14; Hyland Heinz 5-6 2-2 16; Cole Korkow 7-11 3-4 21; Kobe Busch 5-8 0-2 14; Tye Evers 0-4 0-0 0; Landon Claeys 0-1 0-0 0; Jacob Smith 0-0 0-0 0; Isaac Carr 0-3 2-2 2; Sam Kretschmar 0-0 0-0 0; Parker DeJean 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 22-45 9-12 67.

YANKTON (7-11): Justin Leader 1-3 3-4 5; Nate Stephenson 0-1 0-0 0; Jack Wolfgram 2-5 0-0 6; Rex Ryken 3-12 2-2 8; Matthew Mors 6-15 9-11 22; Owen Feser 0-0 0-0 0; Nathen Abuin 1-1 0-0 2; Casey Krejci 0-1 0-0 0; Cameron Krejci 3-4 0-0 7. TOTALS 16-42 14-17 50.

Three-Pointers: HHS 14-29 (Heinz 4-5, Busch 4-5, Cole Korkow 4-8, Clay Korkow 2-6, Carr 0-2, Evers 0-3), YHS 4-15 (Wolfgram 2-4, Cameron Krejci 1-2, Mors 1-5, Leader 0-1, Ryken 0-3). Total Rebounds: HHS 27 (Evers 5, Carr 5), YHS 25 (Cameron Krejci 6). Assists: HHS 20 (Cole Korkow 6, Evers 6), YHS 14 (Cameron Krejci 4). Turnovers: YHS 14, HHS 12. Personal Fouls: HHS 15, YHS 13. Fouled Out: None.

For the complete article see the 02-15-2017 issue.

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