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Beyond the Arc: Lakota Tech falls, Lower Brule and White River advance

Beyond the Arc: Lakota Tech falls, Lower Brule and White River advance

By Joe Budd,

Native Sun News Today Sports

Advancing to the State Tournament, the Lakota Tech Tatanka had overcome a number of difficult games, and would finally have their chances to shine. Their first opponent, however, would be one familiar for teams coming from the Oglala Lakota County, as Red Cloud and Pine Ridge teams know the Cavaliers quite well.

St Thomas More, having only lost 2 games all year, would prove to be a fickle opponent, with speed, ball handling, and when all else fails, play keep away to kill the clock.

In a back and forth contest, Lakota Tech early on was in it, using everything from treys, to tough defense, to using their own fast form of basketball, and right before the first period, they held a 12-11 lead. Then the Cavs went on a run, with the period ending 12-16 St Thomas More.

One of the Lakota Tech’s best weapons tonight, was Jordan Whirlwind Horse, who would hit a few timely 3s, to keep the defense in check, and would finish the game with 18 points, on 3 of 4 from beyond the Arc. The Big Man for Lakota Tech, Triston LeBeau appeared to have an off night, as the Cavs used a lot more pressure and size on him in the paint, negating his normal ability to drive and cut for the basket. He would score 9 points, and 5 rebounds, but he also would pick up 4 fouls, limiting him in the second half of the game. With the 4 point deficit, Lakota Tech was able to tie the game back up at 25 all, before another run would push the Cav’s lead back out, and at the half the score was Tatanka 27, Cavs 33.

In the second half, The team would try several efforts to retake the lead, and actually had the lead, but runs by the Cavs would quickly erase matters. It did bring the faithful from Pine Ridge, to yell when a Cav player wasn’t called for a charging call, that sent a Tatanka player to the floor and allowed the Cavs player to hit an open three, but the last time I reported on this, I got an earful from the SDHSAA…so I digress.

With time running out, and most of the starters in foul trouble, the Tatanka tried time and again to rally, but the Cavs would overpower their defense, bringing the game to a close, 63 to 53. Lakota Tech will next face Winner, who was upset in the last game of the night in Rapid City.

In Aberdeen, Lower Brule would play a tight contest against Castlewood, and needed overtime to finally advance to the second round. With the game different of 3 points, a late foul send Castlewood to the line, scoring 3 free throws to send the contest into Overtime. Lower Brule was able to finish the contest strong, with a 51-48 final. Their opponent, will be White River who had their own close contest, playing Freeman Academy/Marion. Late in their contest they held a six point lead, and Freeman Academy cut the lead to 3. However White River was able to put up 2 more points, resulting in the 5 point margin of victory, 75-70.

Going to the stats for White River, the team did well, led by Joe Sayler, who hit 3 treys, went 14-15 from the charity stripe, and finished with 43 points. Add in 9 rebounds, he did well on the floor, but was not the only one adding in points. Kendrell Cuevas, would get 11 points, hitting a 3, and going 5-6 from the floor, with 8 rebounds. Dylan Marshall, with 9 points would also add in 8 rebounds, and the team as a whole would have 36 rebounds total.

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