DWU Classic boys basketball roundup: Tigers clip Trojans in cross-class clash

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MITCHELL — Howard prevailed against Parkston in a hard-fought battle of area boys basketball teams in the DWU Classic on Saturday evening at the Corn Palace.

Baskets were tough to come by in the physical affair, but it was the Tigers who found a spurt of offense to create separation.

Tied at 42-all midway through the fourth quarter, Logan Mentele drained back-to-back 3-pointers, to spur an 8-0 Howard run and take control of the contest. The result marks Howard’s seventh straight win, five coming against squads that currently have at least 10 wins.

Howard’s 6-foot-8 senior Kolt Koepsell loaded the state sheet with 15 rebounds, 12 points on 7-of-9 shooting, six blocks and five assists to lead the Tigers. His rim protection prevented several of Parkston’s shots at the rim, while his post presence offensively created several open looks for Howards’ offense.

Howard’s Kolt Koepsell blocks a shot from Parkston’s Brycen Bruening in the fourth quarter of a DWU Classic game on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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Kolt Koepsell added 12 points and five assists for the Tigers, and Mentele had nine points in the win. The team shot at a 40 percent clip.

James Deckert (12 points), Will Jodozi (11 points) and Brycen Bruening (10 points) powered much of Parkston’s offense, while Bruening added five rebounds. The Trojans shot 38.5 percent from the field.

Howard (14-3) visits Canistota on Tuesday for a crucial contest at the top of Region 3B. Parkston (11-6 is also on the road for its next action at Bon Homme on Monday.

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McCook Central/Montrose’s Jackson Schmidt collects a steal and looks to pass in the fourth quarter of a boys basketball game at the DWU Classic on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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McCook Central/Montrose cranked up the defense in the final quarter to grab a win in the opening boys game of the DWU Classic on Saturday morning at the Corn Palace.

The Cougars held the Jaguars scoreless for the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter and used a 10-0 run to flip a 43-39 fourth-quarter deficit into a 49-43 lead with 1:33 remaining.

The Jaguars cut the lead to 50-48 following an and-one layup by Luca Catapano with 34 seconds remaining, but MCM went 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the waning seconds.

MCM’s Mason Sabers led the way with 25 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Ben Wiebersick added 12 points, including a clutch 3-pointer to push the lead to six in the final quarter. Owen Alley added seven points, six rebounds and three assists in the win. For the game, MCM shot 31.7 percent from the field, as opposed to 44.7 percent by C-S; however, the Cougars drained 10 3-pointers while the Jaguars hit six.

C-S, which outscored MCM 17-11 in the third quarter to take the lead, got 14 points apiece from Tyson Wentland and Luca Catapano.

McCook Central/Montrose (5-12) will visit Tri-Valley on Tuesday, while Corsica-Stickney (9-6) hosts Ethan on Monday.

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Freeman guard Luke Peters attempts a layup against Lower Brule’s Cory Big Eagle in the second quarter of a boys basketball game at the DWU Classic on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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Freeman 55, Lower Brule 51

Freeman withstood Lower Brule’s second-half comeback bid for a win Saturday morning.

The Flyers led 36-17 at halftime, but the Sioux came storming back with a 23-5 run to cut the lead to one entering the fourth quarter. The two sides went back and forth in the final minutes, with Freeman prevailing after Tate Sorensen scored the game-winner on a wide-open layup off an inbounds play with under a minute to play.

Sorensen earned player-of-the-game honors for his 19 points on a 9-of-18 shooting effort to go with 15 rebounds. Luke Peters added 11 points and three assists, and Rocky Ammann had nine points and four rebounds.

Lower Brule improved its shooting from 28 percent in the first half to 45 percent in the second half to fight back into the game. Lane Gray had 17 points, six assists and five rebounds, Quentin McBride Jr. scored 16 points, and Peyton Palmier had 10 points and six rebounds.

Freeman (11-5) battles Ethan for its senior night on Tuesday, and Lower Brule (9-8) will travel to play Little Wound on Monday.

Philip 49, Centerville 44

Philip’s aggressiveness in the final minutes clinched it the win in game three of the boys DWU Classic on Saturday.

In a game that saw both sides shoot a combined 39 3-pointers, it was the charity stripe that ultimately decided the outcome. Philip had urgently attacked the hoop, and was rewarded with several free throws, where they connected on 10-of-12 attempts in the second half, while Centerville shot just 5-of-10 from the line during the same frame.

Lane Kuchenbcker (14 points) and Layton Terkildsen (13 points) combined for over half of the Scotties’ points. Terkildsen added five assists and seven rebounds, and Jess Jones notched six points and three rebounds.

The Tornadoes, who led by eight in the third quarter, scored their final field goal with 4:04 remaining in the game, en route to defeat. Alec Austin powered the Tornadoes with 10 points and eight rebounds, while Miles Eide had 10 points and four rebounds.

Philip (13-5) will travel to play rival Wall on Thursday, and Centerville (10-6) will visit Dell Rapids St. Mary on Tuesday.

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Bridgewater-Emery’s Camdyn Stoterau (5) attempts a jump shot near the basket against Platte-Geddes during a DWU Classic boys basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at the Corn Palace.

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A big third quarter carried Bridgewater-Emery to a DWU Classic victory over Platte-Geddes on Saturday afternoon.

Up by two points at halftime, the Huskies outscored the Black Panthers 26-11 in the third period to open up a big lead, which was stretched to as much as 19 points in the fourth.

Ben Weber put up a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal, as Holden Wollmann led the Huskies in scoring at 17 points alongside three assists. Jase Kayser chipped in nine points, six assists and three steals, and Macklen Weber contributed nine points and five rebounds. Camdyn Stoterau had eight points and three steals.

For P-G, Tanner Dyk dropped in 18 points with five rebounds, and Jye Bailey scored nine points. Braxton Breukelman offered seven points and six rebounds, and Hayden Sprik had five points and four assists.

Both teams are back in action on Tuesday, as B-E (10-7) visits Irene-Wakonda while P-G (8-7) hosts Winner.

St. Thomas More created a 27-12 halftime lead and held Mount Vernon/Plankinton at arm’s length during the second half to pick up a win at the DWU Classic on Saturday.

MVP outpaced the Cavaliers 26-22 after halftime, but the Titans never led. STM widened its advantage to as many as 17 points in the third quarter.

For STM, Lee Neugebauer recorded 12 points and seven rebounds, and Holden Griswold scored nine points. Turner Thompson contributed seven points and four rebounds, Peyton Young had six points and three steals and Chase Donnelly had four points, six rebounds and two steals.

Tyce Feistner tossed in a game-high 14 points with three steals, as Blaine Bohr added nine points and nine rebounds for the Titans. Zach Baker had seven points, four rebounds and four assists.

Both schools are on the road Tuesday for their next game, with STM (13-4) taking on Hot Springs and MVP (5-12) visiting Bon Homme.

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Gregory’s Daniel Mitchell throws down a two-handed dunk against Dell Rapids St. Mary during a DWU Classic boys basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, at the Corn Palace.

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Dell Rapids St. Mary denied Gregory a come-from-behind win, holding off the Gorillas for a hard-fought win at the DWU Classic on Saturday evening.

The Cardinals jumped ahead by 12 points in the early going and never let Gregory retake an advantage, though the Gorillas stayed within six points for much of the second half.

Maverick LeBrun put up 20 points, eight rebounds, one block and one steal alongside Trevon Beckman’s 16 points, five rebounds, six assists and three steals to pace the Cardinals. Nic Gaspar offered 10 points and five rebounds.

Daniel Mitchell notched a game-high 21 points with eight rebounds and three steals, while Cruz Klundt had 17 points and five rebounds. Noah Bearshield chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four assists.

DRSM (11-4) hosts Centerville on Tuesday, while Gregory (14-4) is in action next at Platte-Geddes on Thursday.

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