The top-rated Class B De Smet Bulldogs Boys Basketball team rose to the occasion Friday night, Dec. 31 at the 28th Annual Entringer Classic by defeating the top-rated Class A Sioux Valley Cossacks 55-47 before a packed house in Brookings High School Gym.
The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 10 points, 25-15, midway through the second quarter before rallying to cut the Cossacks’ lead to two points at the half, 28-26. De Smet’s sixth man Kadyn Fast came off the bench and hit two huge three-point baskets during that comeback. Sioux Valley’s outstanding guard Oliver Vincent scored 20 of his game high 25 points during the first half to help the Cossacks maintain the lead.
The second half opened with Rett Osthus turning up the defensive effort on Vincent and holding the Cossack’s scoring ace to just five points the remainder of the game. Osthus scored 13 points and led De Smet with eight rebounds and seven assists to earn himself the Most Valuable Player Award.
Damon Wilkinson led the Bulldogs with 17 points. Kalen Garry was double teamed most of the game and was held to 11 points.
“Great comeback in the first half,” said Coach Jeff Gruenhagen after the game. “Kadyn hit two key shots to keep it close at halftime. The start of the third quarter, we went to a set for Rett on offense and he answered by hitting a couple of threes from the corner. He really deserved the MVP tonight.”
Coach Gruenhagen also praised Osthus and Garry for helping to shut down Vincent in the second half.
“It was just a fun win at a great event,” Gruenhagen added.
De Smet 9 26 40 55
Sioux Valley 12 28 40 47
The De Smet Bulldogs boys basketball team ran their early season record to 6-1 with a runaway 64-35 win over the Deuel Cardinals in Clear Lake Monday night.
Deuel tried to run with De Smet in a fast paced first quarter, but the Bulldogs' athleticism and balanced attack proved to be too much, as they jumped out to a 22-10 lead after one. The Bulldogs led by 20 points, 44-24 at the half, which enabled Coach Gruenhagen to use his bench a lot in the second half.
De Smet scored 20 points in the third quarter, highlighted by three slam dunks. One came after a nifty steal by Kalen Garry followed by back-to-back dunks by 6-foot-9 junior Damon Wilkinson.
Garry led all scorers with 25 points and eight rebounds. Tory Holland followed with 17 points, and Wilkinson added 13. The Bulldogs outshot the Cards from the field 53 percent to 28 percent, but they struggled again from the free throw line, making just 7-17 for 41 percent.
“Tory really got us started tonight on the road at Deuel in a good LCC win,” said Coach Gruenhagen. “His energy is always high and gets us going.”
De Smet JV team remained undefeated 5-0 by winning 48-35 behind Kasen Janssen’s 16 points. He was followed by Tom Aughenbaugh and George Jensen with 12 points each.
The next outings for the Bulldogs are Friday night when they host Arlington in the Dog Pound in De Smet, and Tuesday night when they travel to Howard to face the 4-1 Tigers.
De Smet 22 44 64 74
Deuel 10 24 35 37
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