Top-ranked Jefferson cruises past Tigers

SIOUX FALLS - The No. 1-ranked Sioux Falls Jefferson Cavaliers remained undefeated at 9-0 with a 75-39 victory over the Huron Tigers Saturday in Sioux Falls.

The first trip down the court, Jefferson attempted a lob pass dunk to Griffin Wilde. He missed the dunk, but the Cavaliers were able to get a second chance, and then a third, and then Taylen Ashley eventually nailed a three-point shot on the fourth shot of the possession in a prelude of what the day would be like for the Tigers.

After multiple empty trips for both teams, Reilyn Zavesky got Jefferson big man Ethan Koltz switched onto him, and when Koltz slacked back on him, Zavesky hit a three to knot the score at three. That would be as close as Huron would be in the game.

Beau Giblin hit a corner three the next trip, then Kaden Year rebounded his own miss to put back a shot.

Then Dawson Sechser came off the bench and nailed a three off a pass from Koltz. He then hit one of two free throws after getting fouled underneath the hoop.

Zavesky got an offensive rebound and was fouled as he put in the shot. After he made the free throw, Sechser hit a layup on a cut through the lane.

Year would then hit a three from the corner and get fouled on a drive and hit one of two free throws to push the lead to 18-6.

The two teams played to a stalemate for nearly two full minutes of action before a layup for the Cavs and another bucket from Zavesky to end the quarter with Jefferson ahead 20-8.

On the Tigers’ second possession of the second quarter, Dawsyn Rogers drove to the hoop and hit a basket, the first points scored by Huron by anyone other than Zavesky.

Zavesky cut underneath Koltz and got a reverse layup to get Huron within 20-12, but that was the last time Huron would be within 10 points.

Wilde cut through the lane and hit a short jumper, and after a Huron timeout, Ashley stole the ball and after the Cavs worked the ball around the offense, he hit a three.

Sechser released ahead of the Tigers defense multiple times, and he and Ashley keyed the front side of the Jefferson press to disrupt the Huron offense.

When the Tigers did get the ball into their offense, it was either Zavesky creating a shot, or one shot and out while multiple Jefferson players were able to get their hands on rebounds on the offensive end to feed an 11-0 run just ahead of half before Rogers hit a shot just ahead of half to make it 44-20.

Zavesky continued his hard work on the offensive end, working a give and go to score to open the second half, but Wilde hit a three on the third shot of the possession for the Cavaliers on the ensuing possession.

Zavesky drew fouls the next two trips down for Huron and hit two of three shots from the charity stripe, but Koltz slammed down a dunk and Ashley got a free throw to put the Cavs up 50-25.

After Zavesky backed down his defender and hit a turnaround shot, Sechser drove for a bucket and then got a steal and dished it to Cameron Black for a layup.

Zavesky closed out the third quarter with an “and-one” underneath that still left the Tigers down 56-30.

Ashley nailed a corner three to open the final frame, and after a reverse layup by Zavesky around Koltz, Year and Ashley were each able to get buckets to push the lead past 30 to 63-32 and start the running clock.

After Zavesky grabbed another offensive rebound and put it in for two with 3:45 left, both teams emptied their benches with Jefferson up 65-37.

The Cavaliers’ bench added 10 points to their tally while Aiden Glanzer was the only Tiger bench player to put in a bucket as Jefferson closed out a 75-39 victory.

The Cavs were led by Sechser with 15 points off the bench. Year put in 14 points and Ashley added 12 points as 12 members of the Jefferson roster recorded a point on the day.

Year also led the Cavaliers with seven rebounds as Jefferson out-rebounded the Tigers 36-26.

Huron falls to 3-5 despite Zavesky’s 28 points and eight rebounds, both game highs.

Tigers coach Tim Buddenhagen said that his team needs to support Zavesky’s scoring efforts to have success.

“We have to have help. We had open looks,” Buddenhagen said. “Jefferson made the plays, we didn’t.”

The Tigers boys will host Watertown Tuesday.

Huron               8 20 30 39
Sioux Falls Jefferson         20 44 56 75

Huron (3-5): Dylan Lichty 2 0-0 5, Gavin Moeding 0 0-2 0, Reilyn Zavesky 11 5-6 28, Aiden Glanzer 1 0-1 2, Dawsyn Rogers 2 0-0 4. Totals: 16 5-9 39.

Jefferson (9-0): Taylen Ashley 4 1-2 12, Tyler Bohannon 1 0-0 2, Griffin Wilde 2 0-2 5, Beau Giblin 3 0-0 9, Barren Yellow Bird 1 0-0 2, Mason Riley 2 0-0 4, Kaden Year 5 1-2 14, Cameron Black 2 0-0 4, Dawson Sechser 6 1-4 15, Ethan Koltz 2 0-0 4, Braylon Bear 1 0-0 3, Sam Siegfried 0 1-2 1. Totals: 29 4-12 75.

FG: H - 16/44 36%; SFJ - 29/60 48%. 3-pt FG: H - 2/19 (Lichty, Zavesky); SFJ - 13/31 (Ashley 3, Year 3, Giblin 3, Sechser 2, Wilde, Bear). Rebounds: H 26 (Zavesky 8), SFJ 36 (Year 7). Assists: H 4, SFJ 15 (Giblin 3). Turnovers: H 6, SFJ 7. Fouls: H 11, SFJ 12.

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