The no. 6 seed Sully Buttes Chargers took on the no. 3 seed Clark/Willow Lake Cyclones in the first round of the Class B State Boys Basketball Tournament at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. The game was a rematch of last year’s State Championship Game, which the Chargers won 58-55.
The Chargers started out slow in the first half. They couldn’t get a single shot to fall, and were left scoreless until junior guard Grant Johnson scored a bucket with 5:29 to go in the first half. The Cyclones, who started the game on a 19-0 run, kept that momentum. They went into halftime up 25-6. The Cyclones outscored the Chargers the rest of the way. They wouldn’t allow the Chargers to get within 18 points of their lead. The Cyclones won 58-26.
The Cyclones shot 50 percent from both the field and from behind the arc. They outrebounded the Chargers 31-21 and had better passing (8-5 assist advantage). The Cyclones had nine turnovers, while the Chargers had 14. The Chargers shot 25 percent from the field, and 17 percent from three. The Chargers had a better free throw percentage than the Cyclones (75-62), but neither team got to the line very much, with a grand total of 12 free throws attempted between the two teams.
The Cyclones were led by senior center Micah Burke, who had 13 points and ten rebounds. His brother, junior forward Stone Burke, had ten points and nine rebounds. Senior guards Jacob Prouty and Grayson Florey each had nine points. The Chargers were led by junior guards Nick Wittler and Grant Johnson, who each had six points. Senior forward Cam Ogle had five points.
The Class B Boys Tournament was full of upsets on Thursday. The Cyclones were the only higher seed to advance into the semifinals. The day started with No. 8 seed Viborg-Hurley defeating No. 1 seed White River 68-61. No. 5 seed DeSmet defeated No. 4 seed Jones County 60-55. No. 7 seed Bridgewater-Emery defeated No. 2 seed Timber Lake 55-54 after Timber Lake came back from being down 19 points.
The Chargers will play the Timber Lake Panthers on Friday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on SDPB.org. Friday’s game will be a rematch from a game on January 15 in Onida. The Chargers defeated the Panthers 67-57 in overtime.
Full Game Results for all the State Basketball Tournaments
Class B Boys
No. 8 Viborg-Hurley 68, No. 1 White River 61
No. 5 DeSmet 60, No. 4 Jones County 55
No. 7 Bridgewater-Emery 55, No. 2 Timber Lake 54
No. 3 Clark/Willow Lake 58, No. 6 Sully Buttes 26
Class A Girls
No. 1 West Central 50, No. 8 Mt. Vernon/Plankinton 46
No. 4 Lennox 49, No. 5 St. Thomas More 27
No. 2 Winner 59, No. 7 Aberdeen Roncalli 55
No. 6 McCook Central/Montrose 80, No. 3 Todd County 75
Class A Boys
No. 1 Tea Area 81, No. 8 Dell Rapids 38
No. 4 Pine Ridge 75, No. 5 Hot Springs 51
No. 2 Sioux Falls Christian 63, No. 7 Madison 46
No. 6 Lennox 48, No. 3 St. Thomas More 40
Class AA Girls
No. 8 Mitchell 63, No. 1 Sioux Falls O’Gorman 54
No. 4 Brandon Valley 68, No. 5 Brookings 37
No. 2 Harrisburg 55, No. 7 Rapid City Stevens 45
No. 3 Sioux Falls Lincoln 36, No. 6 Sioux Falls Washington 31
Class AA Boys
No. 8 Harrisburg 41, No. 1 Sioux Falls Lincoln 39
No. 4 Brandon Valley 58, No. 5 Rapid City Stevens 47
No. 2 Yankton 62, No. 10 Huron 42
No. 3 Sioux Falls O’Gorman 65, No. 6 Sioux Falls Roosevelt 46