Huron’s Hyland Heinz puts up a shot against defender Chase Altenburg of Harrisburg, during the teams’ consolation semi-final game on Friday in the Class “AA” State Tournament at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. In the next photo, Huron senior guard Cole Korkow waits for a cutter during the first half of a consolation semifinal game against Harrisburg Friday. Korkow scored 16 points to help Huron to the win. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
RAPID CITY — The Huron boys’ basketball team has established itself as the mightier of the Tiger teams this season with a third straight win against Harrisburg.
After winning the two meetings during the regular season, Huron was able to continue its dominance with a 63-52 victory Friday against Harrisburg in the consolation semifinals of the Class AA State Tournament in the Ice Arena of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
An opening round loss in overtime against Sioux Falls Lincoln on Thursday moved Huron into the consolation bracket, but coach Tim Buddenhagen praised his team with the way it bounced back.
“We played hard, we didn’t play smart and we felt we gave that game away,” Buddenhagen said of the loss to the Patriots on Thursday night. “After the game, the seniors were heartbroken and there is nothing you can do to take that pain away. That’s the toughest thing about being a coach, is to go in the lockerroom when your kids’ dreams are shattered and you have to try to rebuild them and get them back to normal as much as you can.
“The test of a true man is what are you going to do in times of adversity,” he said. “It’s easy to come back and play in a semifinal after you win and everyone is excited, but now when everybody’s air is out of the tire, how are you going to respond? I thought our kids did a great job, I am very proud in the way they responded today.”
Some of the same issues that ultimately cost Huron the victory in the first round were evident during the opening half of Friday’s game. Neither team was able to find much success on the offensive end of the floor.
Hyland Heinz put the first points by either team on the board at the 5:48 mark of the first quarter and Cole Korkow scored on a fastbreak layup on he following possession to give Huron a 4-0 advantage.
The next points by either team came with under four minutes to play in the opening quarter, as Tye Evers scored to put Huron ahead 6-0.
Harrisburg got its first points on the ensuing possession with more than five minutes elapsed since the opening.
Despite the slow start, Harrisburg managed to shave its deficit to just a point on a jumper by Justis Clayton, but Huron would maintain its advantage with 3-pointer by Parker DeJean and a putback by Clay Korkow during a 5-3 run, which resulted in a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After Evers scored the first five points of the second quarter, Huron’s bench players stepped in to be big factors down the stretch in the second quarter.
Senior Landon Claeys would account for six of the final 10 points for Huron in the second quarter, with fellow senior DeJean recording a block to set up the final scoring opportunity.
Huron was able to build a 28-20 advantage during the second stanza, before Harrisburg rattled off a 4-0 run to close the half, including a putback at the buzzer by Wil Johnson.
Buddenhagen pointed to his seniors off the bench – Claeys, DeJean and Sam Kretschmar – as being vital part of his team being able to carry a 28-24 lead into the second half.
“Without those guys you can’t be a real team, because you can’t win with just five guys,” Buddenhagen said of the reserves. “You’ve got to have some support from the bench and those guys have done a heck of a job all year. They’ve played their roles to a T.
“Parker has found his three-point shooting; he’s hit two of three this tournament after not hitting one all year. He’s lining it up and it looks good, and Landon is playing with a lot of confidence and a lot of energy,” he said. “Sam took care of his teammates yesterday. Sam didn’t get to play yesterday as a senior in that first game and he’s out there consoling the kids and that says a lot about him. And tonight when he got in, I thought he did a great job.”
Huron’s starters began to settle in the second half and things that the coaches and fans were accustomed to seeing throughout the year, started clicking.
Harrisburg pulled to within a point on a 3-pointer by Johnson to open the third quarter, but that’s as close as it would get the rest of the way. Huron used back-to-back 3-pointers by Cole Korkow and Heinz to propel a 16-6 run during the next eight minutes of play.
Clay Korkow had four points and Cole Korkow capped the run with a layup to give Huron a 44-33 advantage heading into the final quarter.
A 6-2 run, which included a 3-pointer by Evers and a old-fashioned three-point play by Cole Korkow stretched Huron’s lead to 49-35, with 5:15 to play. Cole Korkow and Kobe Busch would convert on consecutive 3-point field goals to give Huron its biggest lead of the game at 56-39.
Harrisburg would not be able to recover from the 17-point deficit during the final four minutes of the game.
“I thought we shared the ball really well. Hyland did a nice job of getting into the paint and kicking it back to Kobe and Kobe hit a three. Then Kobe returned the favor to Hyland,” Buddenhagen said of his team’s strong showing in the second half. “When the ball is moving like that and we’re looking for each other, that’s our game.”
Evers finished with 17 points to lead three players in double figures for Huron, which improved to 18-7. He also had a team-high eight rebounds.
“Tye has been “The man” this tournament for us. Today he played angry and it was a good thing, so now I have to try to find something else to get him angry for tomorrow. I’ll have to think about that tonight,” Buddenhagen said. “He’s played angry and when he plays angry he’s pretty good. He’s been waiting for this moment and he’s saved his best for these last couple games and I hope it continues tomorrow, because he’s had a heck of a tournament.”
Cole Korkow and Clay Korkow also reached double figures for Huron with 16 and 10 points, respectively, while Heinz added nine points.
“Once Cole gets it going and he starts to feel it, then things are going good for him. I thought he did a nice job,” Buddenhagen said. “He didn’t shoot very good yesterday and that weighs on you a little bit, it weighs on your psyche a little bit – should I shoot or should I not – and he didn’t hesitate.”
Busch recorded a team-high three assists for Huron, while Cole Korkow had three steals.
Nick Hoyt had 15 points, including a trio of 3-pointers to lead Harrisburg, which dropped to 12-14. Clayton also reached double figures with 10 points, while Johnson had eight rebounds.
Huron moves into the consolation championship game and will face Rapid City Stevens at 11:45 a.m. MDT today. The Raiders earned their spot in the consolation title game with a 54-53 win against Brookings on Friday.
Huron edged Rapid City Stevens 49-47 at Huron Arena during the regular season.
Harrisburg will face Brookings at 11:45 a.m. MDT today for seventh place.
Harrisburg 10 14 9 19 — 52
Huron 13 15 16 19 — 63
Harrisburg (12-14): Brady VanHolland 1-4 0-0 3, Elliot Cain 0-1 0-0 0, Chase Altenburg 2-9 0-0 5, Zach Lanier 0-1 0-0 0, Micheal Curry 1-2 0-0 2, Wil Johnson 4-7 0-0 9, Hunter Headlee 0-0 0-0 0, Nick Walter 0-1 0-0 0, Alec Hammond 0-0 0-0 0, Justis Clayton 5-9 0-0 10, Brady Samuelson 0-0 2-2 2, Nick Hoyt 5-14 2-2 15, Jack Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Ace Zorr 3-6 0-3 6. Totals 21-55 4-7 52
Huron (18-7): Clay Korkow 4-12 2-2 10, Hyland Heinz 4-8 0-0 9, Landon Claeys 2-3 0-0 4, Cole Korkow 6-11 2-3 16, Jacob Smith 0-0 1-2 1, Kobe Busch 1-6 0-0 3, Nolan Wiegel 0-0 0-0 0, Sean Flanery 0-0 0-0 0, Isaac Carr 0-0 0-0 0, Tye Evers 6-12 3-5 17, Alex Hill 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Kretschmar 0-0 0-0 0, Dawson Diede 0-0 0-0 0, Parker DeJean 1-2 0-0 3, Blake Cruse 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 8-12 63
FG%: Harrisburg .382, Huron .444. 3-pt FG:Harrisburg 6-22 (VanHolland 1-4, Altenburg 1-6, Lanier 0-1, Johnson 1-2, Clayton 0-1, Hoyt 3-8), Huron 7-22 (Korkow 0-4, Heinz 1-4, Korkow 2-5, Busch 1-3, Evers 2-5, DeJean 1-1). Rebounds: Harrisburg 35 (Johnson 8), Huron 34 (Evers 8). Fouls Harrisburg 12, Huron 13. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Harrisburg 3 (VanHolland 1, Johnson 1, Clayton 1), Huron 7 (Busch 3). Steals: Harrisburg 3 (Curry 1, Hoyt 1, Zorr 1), Huron 4 (Korkow 3). Blocked shots: Harrisburg 1 (VanHolland 1), Huron 0. Turnovers: Harrisburg 11, Huron 7. For the complete article see the 03-18-2017 issue.
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