State basketball roundup: De Smet Bulldogs claim Class B state championship over Aberdeen Christian
The Bulldogs rolled past Aberdeen Christian, 59-43, in the State B boys basketball championship at Wachs Arena. The win caps off a 25-1 season and De Smet’s first state title since 1999.
Kalen Garry pumped in 23 points on 9 of 18 shooting from the field. He added eight rebounds, four steals and four assists. Tory Holland chipped in with 10 points and Damon Wilkinson posted eight points.
Aberdeen Christian’s Ethan Russell finished with 18 points and five rebounds. Jett Becker finished with 11 points for the Knights, who finished with a record of 20-5.
ABERDEEN — Connor Libis poured in 29 points and finished No. 3 on the state’s all-time scoring list with 2,731 career points.
He finished 9 of 18 from the field and 4 of 8 at the foul line in the third-place game against Viborg-Hurley. Sam Palmer recorded 17 points and six rebounds for the Cardinals (21-5). Ashaun Roach-Valandra finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Max Herber added nine points.
Eli Boomgarden led the Cougars with (18-7) with seven 3-pointers for 21 points. Gradee Sherman finished with 17 points and 12 boards. Grant Mikkelsen tossed in eight points.
ABERDEEN — Joe Sayler tossed in 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as White River edged Lower Brule for the Class B consolation championship.
Dylan Marshall added 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Colbe Scott netted 12 points and four rebounds. The Tigers (19-6) built a 47-29 halftime lead, but Lower Brule rallied for a four-point advantage in the fourth quarter.
Marshall knotted the game at 72-72, while Sayler hit two free throws with four seconds to seal it. Lower Brule’s shot at the buzzer was no good.
Gavin Thigh led Lower Brule (17-9) with 17 points. Shane Grey Owl finished with 15 points, while Keshaume Thigh recorded 14 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Lane Gray scored 10 points.
SIOUX FALLS — Sioux Falls Christian cruised to a Class A state championship over Sioux Valley on Saturday.
Tyler Prins scored 27 points and dished out seven assists to pace the Chargers, who finished their championship season 20-5. Xavier Van Beek added 17 points, while Brooks Nelson recorded 13 points, seven boards and four assists. Nathan Koole finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.
Oliver Vincent scored 22 points for Sioux Valley (23-2). Hayden Ruesink scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds.
SIOUX FALLS — Paul Bruns’ 37-point double-double powered Dakota Valley to a third-place finish in the Class A state tournament on Saturday. The Panthers (23-3) led Dell Rapids 34-28 at halftime, and then held off the Quarriers (17-8) in the second half.
Bruns shot 15-for-25 from the field and 4 of 9 from deep, as he also grabbed 17 rebounds in the win. Isaac Bruns finished with 19 points and 11 boards.
Colin Rentz paced the Quarriers with 29 points on 10-for-19 shooting, including 5 of 9 from deep.
RAPID CITY — Sioux Falls Roosevelt pulled away in the second half to top Sioux Falls O’Gorman in the Class AA state championship game on Saturday.
Tyler Feldkamp scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Roosevelt (17-5). Marcus Phillips added 14 points and seven boards, while Tucker Large chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Kade Moffitt scored 18 points for the Knights (17-7). Eddie Meylor added eight points and 10 rebounds.
RAPID CITY — Yankton’s fast started propelled it past Sioux Falls Washington in the Class AA third-place game on Saturday.
Matthew Mors paced the Bucks (16-6) with 19 points, six rebounds and five assists. Trevor Fitzgerald added 16 points and six rebounds, while Rugby Ryken added 13 points in the win.
For Washington (17-4), Mikele Kambalo, Tahj Two Bulls and Angok Akot all scored 13 points. Kambalo also pulled down six boards.
RAPID CITY — Aberdeen Central used a 21-11 third-quarter run to hold off Brandon Valley in the Class AA consolation championship game on Saturday.
Harrison Reede posted 19 points and hit five 3-pointers for the Golden Eagles (13-11). Noah Behrends tossed in 16 points, while Alec Voegele had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Aberdeen Central finished with eight 3-pointers.
Jackson Hilton scored 14 points for Brandon Valley (16-8). Payton Tietjen posted an 11-point, 11-rebound double-double. Dawson Johnson finished with seven points and 12 rebounds.