Huron’s Cole Korkow splits a pair of Sioux Falls Lincoln Patriots during first half action at the Class “AA” State Basketball Tournament Thursday evening. PHOTO BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
RAPID CITY — Thirty-two minutes of regulation play wasn’t enough to decide the opening round game between fourth-seeded Huron Tigers and fifth-seeded Sioux Falls Lincoln on Thursday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
After earning themselves a second chance at the win by rallying to force overtime, the higher-seeded Tigers managed just a single point in the extra four minutes of play. Meanwhile, the Patriots tallied 10 points in the extra frame, including six points from 6-foot-5 forward Diang Gatluak, to secure a 56-47 victory and a spot in the semifinals.
“We turned the ball over way too much, including six times in overtime,” Huron coach Tim Buddenhagen said of his team’s effort in the opening round game. “I’m not sure we turned the ball over that much all season.”
Lincoln, who had some success against other state-ranked teams during the regular season, scored the first eight points of the game and had the Tigers playing from behind for much of regulation play.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Hyland Heinz and Kobe Busch helped Huron slice its deficit to 11-8 midway through the opening quarter. Lincoln answered with 6-2 run leaving Huron with a conventional 3-point play opportunity by Tye Evers to make it 17-12 in favor of the Patriots after the first eight minutes of play.
Lincoln continued to capitalize on second-chance opportunities in the second quarter and was able to stretch its lead to as many as eight points at 22-14 with 4:33 to play in the first half.
A long-range jumper by Evers and a drive to the basket for a layup by Clay Korkow brought Huron back to within three, at 22-19, at the half.
The Tigers snagged their first lead of the game in the third quarter, as Clay Korkow converted on a free throw to make it 27-26 with 2:32 remaining on the clock. Parker DeJean followed with a 3-pointer to give Huron its biggest advantage at 30-28.
The spark didn’t last long, however, as the Patriots got five consecutive points from Alex Glanzer to regain the advantage at 33-30 and led 33-31 heading into the final quarter of play.
Huron would trail the entire fourth quarter, with its only opportunity to take the lead coming at the 2:54 mark, when Heinz hit a pull-up jumper in the lane to make it 40-40.
Back-to-back baskets by Simon Higgason allowed Lincoln to rebuild its advantage to 45-40 with under a minute to play, but the Tigers weren’t quite ready to throw in the towel.
An Evers dunk brought Huron back to within three, however a free throw by Gatluak gave the Patriots a four-point cushion.
A pair of free throws by Heinz brought the Tigers back to with a basket at 46-44 with just over 20 seconds to play and missed free throws on the other end of the court by Lincoln provided Huron with an chance at the win.
A missed three-pointer seemed to doom the hopes for the Tigers but a steal by Evers resulted in a layup by Busch, which pulled them even at 46-46 with 4.4 seconds to play and would force the overtime.
Gatluak finished with 16 points to lead the Patriots, who improved to 12-10. Higgason and Glanzer added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Gatlauk also had a team-high 12 boards for Lincoln.
Evers led the Tigers, who are now 17-7 with a game-high 19 points. Heinz also reached double figures with 12 points, while Busch added eight points.
Evers also had 14 of the 40 rebunds for Huron.
A telling stat for the Tigers came in the 3-point shooting percentage, where they connected on just 5 of 28 shots from beyond the arc.
“We spent way too much time out on the 3-point line and threw up too many quick shots instead of taking it inside,” Buddenhagen said.
Lincoln will face top-seeded Sioux Falls O’Gorman in the semifinals at 4:45 p.m. MDT today, while Huron will square off against Harrisburg in the consolation semifinals at 12:45 p.m. MDT today.
Sioux Falls O’Gorman 61, Harrisburg 47
RAPID CITY – The top-seeded Sioux Falls O’Gorman Knights defeated the Harrisburg Tigers Thursday afternoon, by a score of 61-47, in the Class “AA” State boys’ basketball tournament.
JP Costello led the Knights, now 20-3, with 24 points and eight rebounds. Matt Cartwright added 11 points and Joey Messler added 10.
Harrisburg, now 12-13, were led by Nick Hoyt with 16 points, while Wil Johnson and Justis Clayton added nine points each.
Sioux Falls O’Gorman will face S.F. Lincoln in a championship semifinal game this afternoon, while Harrisburg will face Huron in a consolation semifinal game.
Aberdeen Central 56, Brookings 52, OT
It was a bad day for No. 2 seeds at the “AA” Tournaments, as the 7th-seeded Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles posted a 56-52, come-from-behind win over second-seeded Brookings Bobcats in a first round game at the Class “AA” Boys’ State Tournament.
Earlier in the day, S.F. O’Gorman upset S.F. Roosevelt in the girls’ tournament, 2/7 match.
Cannon Hannigan scored 14 points and Jonah Dohrer added 11 to pace the Golden Eagle effort. Both players hit 5-7 from the line, mostly late in regulation or in overtime. Dohrer and Christian Goetz each had six rebounds to lead Aberdeen Central, which improves to 11-13 with the win and will play Pierre in the championship semifinals tonight.
The Bobcats, which fall to 19-5 on the season, were led by Brennan Carlson’s 14-point, 10-rebound effort, while Carter Holm had 11 points and Josh Mohs chipped in 10. Drew Cole added nine rebounds as well for Brookings, which will play Rapid City Stevens in a consolation semifinal this afternoon.
Rapid City Stevens 75 2OT
RAPID CITY — Thursday's first round of the State Boys' Basketball Class AA Tournament was a day of underdogs, capped by the sixth seed Pierre Governors winning a double overtime 75-74 victory over number three Rapid City Stevens Raiders.
The Governors move to 13-10 for the season as they go the semifinals this evening against Aberdeen Central, and the Raiders take a 16-6 record and play the consolation round this afternoon against Brookings.
Peyton Zabel had a 31-point night for the Governors. Brad Dean put up 21 points and Connor Campbell added 10. Zabel also led Pierre in rebounds with 10.
The Raiders’ Mason Archambault had a game-best 32 points for the night while Jacob Martin added 17 points and Cooper Bowman contributed 10. Martin also took rebounding honors with a game-best 11.
It was close all the way in regulation; Pierre led by one point, 24-23, at the half. The third quarter saw the Raiders push ahead to a 45-22 lead, but the Governors fought back in the fourth to tie it up 59-59 at the end of regulation.
The Governors looked to have the game in the first overtime until the Raiders dropped in a three-pointer with 9.8 seconds left to put the game into second OT.
The second OT saw most of the points as free throws. With 33.4 seconds left, a Raiders free throw made it 75-74 for Rapid City Stevens.
But at the buzzer, Pierre's Peyton Zabel had a shot in the air that dropped in and Pierre moves on to the semifinals.
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