HURON — A 14-0 run to start the second quarter, which included 10 points from junior Teegan Evers, helped the Huron boys’ basketball team to 63-55 victory against Rapid City Central on Saturday at Huron Arena.
It was the second straight win against a West River foe for the Tigers, who got past second-ranked Raid City Stevens on Friday.
“A win is a win. It wasn’t pretty at the end, but you have to give our kids credit,” Huron coach Jon Schouten said. “They built a lead, they held a lead and then they didn’t get so rattled that we ended up losing. They did a great job sticking together.”
Making the feat that much more impressive was the fact the Tigers were able to accomplish it without the services of senior starter, Jett McGirr, who was sidelined after suffering an ankle injury the previous night.
“Playing a second game in a row against a big strong, physical team, I thought we got kind of tired and run out of energy,” Schouten said of his team’s scramble to thwart a late rally by the Cobblers. “Jett McGirr is on the sideline and he’s kind of our Energizer Bunny sometimes. He’s the guy that calms everybody down and gets us where we need to be and we missed that.”
Huron was able to build a 20-12 advantage by the end of the opening quarter. With seven points in the opening stanza, Evers established himself as the go-to player and was able to carry the momentum into the second quarter.
Evers kick started a run of 14 unanswered points for the Tigers in the second quarter with his second of five 3-pointers in the game. After the teams trade turnovers he came up with a steal and layup and then was able to cap the run with back-to-back field goals, including another 3-pointer, to give Huron a 34-12 advantage.
Rapid City Central managed its lone three points of the second quarter on a jumper by Elijah Williams with just 2:09 remaining in the opening half.
The Tigers carried a 34-15 lead into the half, but knew they would be in for a fight during the final 16 minutes of play against a team that defeated Mitchell 62-44 on Friday for its first win of the season.
The Cobblers scored the first eight points of the second half to cut their deficit to 11 points, but Huron would use a 10-2 run of its own to push the lead back to 19 points at 44-25 with just over three minutes to play in the third quarter.
Evers fueled the run with his fourth and fifth 3-pointers, with a drive to the basket resulting in a layup splitting the jumpers.
Huron would carry a 46-27 lead into the final quarter and would use back-to-back baskets by Tanner Evers to take its biggest lead of the fourth quarter at 50-29. The first came off a feed from Nathan Boehrns, while the second came on a pass from Kobe Busch.
“You have to give credit to all our kids. They started pressing us a little bit and when you lose sight, Tanner is really good at getting behind the defense and just sneaking out there,” Schouten said. “Whoever threw it to him had their eyes down the floor and wanted to make a play.”
With the help of back-to-back 3-pointers by Kohl Meisman and Joe Woods, the Cobblers started their final attempt at the come-from-behind win. Central would slice its deficit to 53-42 before Derick Siemonsma converted on a pair of free throws to give the Tigers a 55-42 lead with 3:03 to play in the game.
The Cobblers would get as close as six points following a steal and layup by Gavyn Strand with under a minute to play in the game, but a pair of free throws from Tanner Evers and three from Teegan Evers would secure the win for the Tigers.
“With these kind of games in the early afternoon you never know what you are going to get out of the kids,” Schouten said. “They were focused at the shoot around this morning, they were focused in the locker room before the game, they stepped on the floor ready to execute and they were focused there as well.”
Teegan Evers would finish with a career-high 30 points to lead three players in double figures for Huron. Busch, who had the other three of the team’s eight 3-pointers, finished with 13 points, while Tanner Evers added 12 points.
“He’s a kid that has an athleticism that not everybody has. He’s got that nice little quick shot fake, gets to the rim and he can elevate, rise up and score,” Schouten said of Teegan Evers. “Then he has a nice jumper, when he can just catch it and shoot it. When he starts moving all over the place is when he gets in trouble, but give that kid a lot of credit. To come out and score 30, that’s a pretty special afternoon for him.”
The Tigers held a slim 29-28 advantage on the boards with Busch pulling down 10 rebounds. Teegan Evers had three steals, while Busch had a pair of assists.
Williams and Meisman had 16 and 15 points, respectively, to lead the Cobblers, who are now 1-4. Williams also had a team-high nine rebounds, while Strand had a pair of assists.
Huron, which is now 3-1, will close the 2018 portion of its schedule with a 7 p.m. game Tuesday at Sioux Falls Roosevelt.
Rapid City Central emerged with a 60-43 win in the junior varsity game on Saturday.
Cooper Fryberger led the Tigers with 12 points, while Siemonsma had six rebounds.
The Cobblers also won the sophomore game 60-49. Max Kranzler had 13 points for Huron.
In the freshman game, the Tigers recorded a 58-51 victory. Kranzler led the way with 24 points, while Cade McNeil added 16 points.
Rapid City Central 12 15 27 55
Huron 20 34 46 63
Rapid City Central (1-4): Kohl Meisman 6 1-2 15; Bavyn Strand 3 2-3 8; DaSean Marquese 1 2-2 4; Erik Keohane 0 3-4 3; Elijah Williams 6 0-2 16; Joe Woods 2 2-3 2; Robbie Weber 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19 10-16 55.
Huron (3-1): Tanner Evers 5 2-2 12; Teegan Evers 11 3-5 30; Kobe Busch 4 2-2 13; Cooper Fryberger 1 2-5 4; Derick Siemonsma 0 2-2 2; Colton Pell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 11-16 63.
Rebounds: RCC 28 (Williams 9); H 29 (Busch 10). 3-point goals: RCC 7 (Williams 4, Meisman 2, Woods 1); H 8 (Teegan Evers 5, Busch 3). Turnovers: RCC 19; H 19. Assists: RCC 2; H 3 (Busch 2). Steals: RCC 9 (Strand 3); H 10 (Teegan Evers 3). Fouls: RCC 16; H 16 (Fryberger, out).