HURON — After suffering its first loss of the season two nights earlier, the Huron boys’ basketball team handed Sioux Falls Roosevelt its first loss of the season on Saturday at Huron Arena.
The Tigers, who are ranked fourth in Class AA, scored 10 unanswered points in the third quarter and held on for a 57-51 victory against the second-ranked Rough Riders.
“Our guys stayed composed even down the stretch when we turned the ball over a couple of times. We never really hung our heads, we just kept going and kept battling,” Huron coach Jon Schouten said. “You can contribute that to the senior leadership and experience that we have. It was a great night in the Huron Arena, a great game by both teams.”
With the first five points of the game, Roosevelt took its only lead of the first half. The Tigers would get back-to-back 3-pointers from Nathan Boehrns and Kobe Busch to key a 13-3 run.
Busch’s long-range jumper pulled Huron even at 8-8 and a steal by Teegan Evers that resulted in a layup for Derick Siemonsma gave the Tigers their first lead at 10-8. Evers followed with a 3-pointer to build a 5-point advantage, but the Rough Riders answered with the second of five 3-pointers from Tyler Feldkamp to make it 13-11, where it stayed until the end of the opening quarter.
After Roosevelt connected on the first bucket of the second stanza to pull even, Huron used a 3-pointer by Landon Hegg and a basket by Boehrns to regain a five-point edge. The Tigers would maintain the lead throughout the remainder of the opening half and carry a 25-24 advantage into the break.
Despite leading on two occasions during the third quarter, the Rough Riders would find themselves trailing heading into the final eight minutes of play.
A 3-pointer by Cooper Fryberger propelled the Tigers on an 11-4 run to end the third quarter.
Back-to-back layups by Busch put Huron back out in front and a steal and layup by Boehrns capped a run of six unanswered points the Tigers used to stake a 38-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
A basket by Jackson McCormick brought Roosevelt back to within a point to start the final quarter, but that would be as close as it would get as Huron put up 10 straight points to grab control.
Evers score the first four points in the rally with an offensive rebound and a putback, which was followed by a baseline drive for a his second dunk of the game on the next possession. Busch would also added four points as he scored on a layup on a pass from Siemonsma and then converted on a pair of free throws to make to five the Tigers a 48-37 with 3:00 remaining on the clock.
Sandwiched between Busch’s scoring during the run was a steal and layup by Fryberger.
Despite facing a double-digit deficit, the Rough Riders weren’t ready to concede quite yet, as they used a 3-pointer by Tucker Large and a steal and layup by Koor Kuol to slice Huron’s lead to 50-44 with 1:54 to play.
After a pair of free throws by Boehrns gave Huron a 52-44 advantage, Large would connect on another 3-pointer and then come up with a steal on the ensuing possession allowing Koul to score on a layup and bring Roosevelt as close as it would get at 52-49 with 1:08 left on the clock.
A field goal by Boehrns, a free-throw by Busch and two more free throws by Siemonsma in the final minute helped the Tigers hold on for the victory and improve to 4-1.
“We spent a ton of time this week talking about the last three minutes of the game, that’s where you make your money and earn your keep,” Schouten said. “For our guys to step up the way they did and make the plays, that’s the signs of the great teams.”
Evers would finish with 15 points to lead three players in double figures for Huron. Busch and Boehrns finished with 14 points each.
Evers also led the Tigers with nine rebounds and had a pair of steals.
Despite having just five points and three rebounds, Schouten pointed to Fryberger as being a key component in the team’s success against Roosevelt.
“Cooper is one of those guys where his stat line is never ever going to blow you away. There is not a kid on our team that has a bigger heart than him,” he said. “He can guard multiple spots. He’ll come back to the huddle and say ‘Hey, I want Feldkamp tonight’ and he’s got the quickness to do that. He can also sit on 6-5 or 6-6 (Brady) Dannenbring in the middle, so for us a kid like him brings and edge to our team, a toughness to our team.”
Feldkamp would finish with 15 points, all coming on 3-pointers, to lead the Rough Riders, who are now 4-1. Large also reached double figures with 12 points and had a team-high six rebounds and five steals.
“In the first half what we failed to do was to run him off the spots. He was able to catch, stand and shoot it,” Schouten said of Feldkamp. “In the second half you saw it two or three times Kobe was on him two or three times, made him pump fake or maybe take a dribble, that disrupts the rhythm of the shooter. In the second half we made it a point to make sure we get to him and make him move before he shoots. If he can just stand, catch it and shoot it, he’s pretty lethal.”
Huron will now get a week off before returning to action with second meeting of the season against Mitchell at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Corn Palace.
Sioux Falls Roosevelt 11 24 35 51
Huron 13 25 38 57
Sioux Falls Roosevelt (4-1): Tucker Large 5 0-0 10; Tyler Feldkamp 5 0-0 15; Brady Dannenbring 1 0-0 2; Koor Koul 4 0-2 8; Michael Paulson 1 0-0 3; Taylen Ashley 1 0-0 2; Jackson McCormick 2 2-3 6; Marcus Phillips 1 0-0 3. Totals: 20 2-5 51.
Huron (4-1): Hayden Hegg 1 0-0 2; Cooper Fryberger 2 0-0 5; Teegan Evers 7 0-0 15; Kobe Busch 4 5-7 14; Nathan Boehrns 5 2-2 14; Landon Hegg 1 0-2 3; Derick Siemonsma 1 2-2 4. Totals: 21 9-13 57.
Rebounds: SFR 26 (Large 6): H 30 (Evers 9). 3-point goals: SFR 9-19 (Feldkamp 5, Large 2, Paulson 1, Phillips 1); H 6-24 (Boehrns 2, Fryberger 1, Evers 1, Busch 1, L. Hegg 1). Turnovers: SFR 9; H 11. Assists: SFR 1; H 5. Steals: SFR 7 (Large 5); H 6 (Evers 2). Fouls: SFR 15 (Large, out); H 11.