The Arlington Cardinals Boys Basketball Team came to De Smet Friday night with an upset on their minds, and for some time, it appeared they might accomplish that as they were shooting very well from deep range. They shot 44 percent from the three-point circle the first half and trailed the top-rated Bulldogs by only six points at halftime, 33-27.
The final score of 82-53 was a bit deceiving as De Smet only led 56-50 midway through the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs put together a 27-3 run to end the game and account for the 29-point win.
Kalen Garry led all scorers with a game high 26 points. He also had seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Blake Van Regenmorter had an outstanding game with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Damon Wilkinson chipped in with 11 points and a team-leading 14 rebounds, and Rett Osthus added 10 points and dished out nine assists.
Arlington had two players with 20-plus points, mostly from deep three-point range. Ryker Erstad had 25, and Caden Letsche had 21 points.
Coach Jeff Gruenhagen praised his 6-foot-3 senior forward after the game.
“Blake had a great game tonight and gave us great energy,” said Gruenhagen. “Arlington hit some deep shots in the first half, and I was happy that we kept on battling and took control of the boards.”
De Smet out-rebounded Arlington 50-18.
Coach Gruenhagen also commented on the fact that the Bulldogs had 33 points made from 21 assists, and that came as a result from good passing and sharing the ball on offense. His team did, however, commit 18 turnovers in the game.
For the second straight game, the Bulldogs struggled from the free throw line, shooting only 6 of 14 for 42 percent.
De Smet’s Junior Varsity team remained undefeated with a lopsided win, 48-11, led by George Jensen and Tom Aughenbaugh with 11 points each.
De Smet 20 33 54 82
Arlington 17 27 38 53
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