Hoop City Classic roundup for Dec. 29: Jefferson, White River claim wins for South Dakota squads

Dec. 30—SIOUX FALLS — Class AA No. 1 Sioux Falls Jefferson controlled the second half against Minnesota's No. 2 team in Class 3A Orono on Thursday night, picking up a 63-43 win at the Sanford Pentagon in the Hoop City Classic.

Kaden Year and Taylen Ashley each scored 15 points for the Cavaliers, who shot 37.3% for the game and assisted on 17 of their 22 made field goals. Year had nine rebounds and Ashley had seven assists and six rebounds, as Jefferson outrebounded Orono by a 47-29 margin, bolstered by 16 offensive rebounds.

For the Spartans, Isaiah Hagen and Nolan Groves each had 12 points as Orono shot 34.6% from the field but finished 3-for-20 on 3-pointers.

Jefferson (3-0) now awaits Class A No. 5 Sioux Falls Christian for a game on Jan. 3 at SFC, while Orono heads to Mitchell for a game against Houston (Tenn.) at 5:30 p.m. Friday to conclude Hoop City Classic play.

SIOUX FALLS — DeLaSalle was able to overcome a 23.1% shooting first half to extend its Hoop City Classic-best all-time record to 16-6 with a 42-41 win over Harrisburg on Thursday at the Sanford Pentagon.

Nasir Whitlock, who is bound for Lehigh, scored a game-high 24 points on 8-for-25 shooting for DeLaSalle, while Isreal Moses finished with 10 points for the Islanders, who finished shooting 28% for the game.

Ethan Determan had 17 points on 8-for-17 shooting to lead the Tigers, and Jacoby Mehrman had 12 points and 12 rebounds despite 4-for-16 shooting. Maxwell Knutson finished with 13 rebounds for the Tigers, as well, which outrebounded DeLaSalle by a 43-29 margin. Harrisburg was 2-for-14 shooting on 3-pointers, while the Islanders were 3-for-23 from deep. The Tigers led by 11 points late in the third quarter before DeLaSalle began its march back into the game.

DeLaSalle will face Dream City (Ariz.) at 2:30 p.m. on Friday at the Corn Palace. Harrisburg, which is now 1-3 with its three losses all decided by five points or less, is at Sioux Falls Roosevelt on Dec. 30.

SIOUX FALLS — For a second consecutive day at the Hoop City Classic, Class B No. 1 White River won a close game against a tough opponent, upending Campbell County, Wyoming, at the Sanford Pentagon.

The Camels led for most of the first half, but White River led by 14 points early in the fourth quarter before Campbell County whittled the Tigers' lead down to three points with 31 seconds left. White River's Joe Sayler had 36 points and five assists, converting 9-of-10 free throw tries. Teammate Nicolas Marshall had 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting, as the Tigers shot 62.5% in the second half (15-for-24) as a team.

Campbell County got 17 points and 11 rebounds from Lane Hladky, plus 15 points from Rylan Robertson and 11 points from Jackson Evans. The Camels shot only one free throw and were 9-for-32 on 3-pointers.

White River (6-1) will head to Kadoka Area on Jan. 3. Campbell County concludes its Hoop City Classic participation for 2022 with a 4 p.m. game against Bridgewater-Emery on Friday at the Corn Palace.

SIOUX FALLS — Holding a 14-point lead with 5:46 remaining, Lennox had to hold on late to defeat Waconia, Minnesota, in a boys basketball showdown on Thursday morning at the Hoop City Classic.

Porter Ihnen had 28 points for Lennox in the win, converting on 10 of his 19 shots. Jaxon Plank had 16 points for the Orioles and Conner Eich had 14, with nine from Braxton Musser. Lennox made 11-of-22 3-pointers and finished shooting 50% from the field overall.

For the Wildcats, William Kirsch had 20 points and six assists. Gavin Olson and Jackson Hayes each scored 16 points, as Waconia hit 55.1% of its shots and was 7-for-14 on 3-pointers.

Lennox (3-1) plays at Madison on Friday, Dec. 30, while Waconia heads west to play Elk Point-Jefferson at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Corn Palace.

SIOUX FALLS — Dream City Christian, of Glendale, Arizona, pulled out a victory over Minnesota Class 3A No. 1 squad Totino-Grace on Thursday at the Sanford Pentagon

Dream City Christian had 10 different players, led by 6-foot-9 Jovan Milicevic's 11 points and nine points and 10 rebounds from Jaion Pitt. Overall, the Eagles were 17-for-26 on free throws, including 12-for-17 in the second half.

Tommy Humphries and Isaiah Johnson had 14 points each for the Eagles, with 11 points and 13 rebounds from Patrick Bath. Totino-Grace finished with a 38-34 edge in rebounds, powered by 14 offensive rebounds but was 34.6% shooting from the field and committed 19 turnovers. Ohio State signee Taison Chatman came off the bench and had six points.

Both teams will be in action on Friday at the Corn Palace, with Totino-Grace taking on Houston (Tenn.) at 1 p.m., followed by Dream City taking on DeLaSalle at 2:30 p.m.

SIOUX FALLS — In a back-and-forth fourth quarter, Madison Robertson sealed victory for Campbell County with a 3-pointer in the final seconds to upend Class B No. 1 Viborg-Hurley on Thursday morning at the Sanford Pentagon.

Robertson finished with seven points and hit two of the Camels' nine 3-pointers in the win. Millie Riss had 12 points and Cami Curtis had eight points and eight rebounds, as Campbell County overcame a 30% shooting day with a 21-0 edge in bench points. The Camels also had 47 total rebounds, which included 20 offensive rebound grabs.

The Camels led by as many as 14 points late in the first half before the Cougars rallied and were up seven points with 3:50 left. V-H's Coral Mason had a game-high 26 points and seven rebounds, while Denae Mach had 18 points and seven rebounds.

Viborg-Hurley (3-1) is back in action on Friday against Wall at the Parkston Classic, while Campbell County leads off Friday's action at the Corn Palace against Tea Area at 8:30 a.m.

SIOUX FALLS — The defending Minnesota state champions in Class 3A, Providence Academy was in form early against Brandon Valley on Thursday in a girls basketball victory.

Maddyn Greenway — daughter of Mount Vernon native and former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway — had 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, while teammate Grace Counts scored 15 points and logged 14 rebounds. Ari Peterson added 11 points off the bench, as the Lions scored 26 points off turnovers and 32 points in the paint, breaking the game open with a 20-3 margin in the second quarter after holding a 14-10 lead after one quarter.

Brandon Valley, playing without senior standout Hilary Behrens, had 12 points from Alyvia Padgett but shot 20.9% from the field and were 1-for-14 on 3-pointers with 19 turnovers.

The Lions are at the Corn Palace on Friday, taking on Thunder Basin (Wyo.) at 10 a.m. Brandon Valley (1-3) will host Watertown on Jan. 3 in its next action.