Boys earn third in Big East Conference Tourney


Over the past weekend, the Flandreau Flier boys’ basketball team went 2-1 to place third inthe Big East Conference Tourney held in Garretson and Chester.
Flandreau defeated Garretson 69-61, lost to eventual champions Parker, 52-41 and then topped Beresford, 59-51 to place third.

First round
GARRETSON – Tash Lunday posted a big double-double as the Fliers beat Garretson 69-61 in the first round of the Big East Conference Boys’ Basketball Tournament on Thursday.
The freshman post dropped in 32 points on 12-of-18 shooting and corralled 12 rebounds.
Flandreau led 16-13 after a quarter, 30-20 at halftime and 49-36 through three.
Connor LeBrun added 18 points and nine boards and Nate Kneebone had 13 points to go with eight rebounds. LeBrun dished out five assists.
“We played a better offensive game tonight,” said Flandreau coach Brendan Sheppard. “We also kept our turnovers down. Having 16 assists to eight turnovers is a good start. We played a good defensive game again. Garretson made some very tough shots to keep the game close.”

Semifinals
GARRETSON – Parker led 16-9 after a quarter and 34-15 at halftime en route to a 52-41 win over Flandreau in the semifinals of the Big East Conference Boys’ Basketball Tournament on Friday.
The score was 44-29 through three.
“We struggled in the first half dealing with Parker’s length,” said Flier coach Brendan Sheppard. “We, however, turned it around in the second half and played a nice half.
“It was a good test and learning opportunity for our kids.”
Flandreau’s Connor LeBrun finished with 19 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Nate Kneebone had nine points, six boards, two dimes and a pair of steals.
Tash Lunday added eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

Finals
CHESTER -- The Fliers led 11-8 after a quarter, 24-18 at halftime and 37-33 heading to the fourth in their 59-51 defeat of Beresford in the Big East Conference Boys’ Basketball Tournament third-place game Saturday evening.
“It was good to finish third in the conference tournament and avenge an earlier loss,” said Flandreau coach Brendan Sheppard. “We had to rally multiple times in this game as we gave the ball away too easily. Our defense was again solid and has continually kept us in the game.”
Nate Kneebone scored a team-best 20 points and corralled seven rebounds.
Tash Lunday posted a double-double of 19 points and 11 boards.
Taryn Ukestine scored eight points and Connor LeBrun added seven to go with five rebounds.
Flandreau (4-4) plays host to Madison on Friday.

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