Cossacks hand Fliers season's first loss, finish second

GARRETSON – Trevor Hanson scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter as defending- champion Sioux Valley (9-1) pulled out a 62-51 win over Flandreau in the Big East Conference Boys’ Basketball Tournament final on Saturday night.

The junior added 15 rebounds to complete the double-double.

“It was a good basketball game; we played them really tough,” said Flier coach Brendan Sheppard. “I think the last quarter or so with (Dalyn) Bakkedahl fouling out hurt us offensively quite a bit; he’s kind of that secondary scorer.

“Hanson played a good game for them. So, yeah, it was a great high school basketball game.”

Xavier Pavlis (six) and Teddy Taylor (four) combined for 10 points in the opening quarter while helping Flandreau build a 17-14 advantage.

Dylan LeBrun, who tallied a team-best 23 points, put up nine markers in the second as the Fliers were ahead 31-25 at halftime.

The Cossacks cut the deficit to 41-39 through three.

Hanson scored his team’s first six points in the fourth to help the Cossacks grab the lead.

Bakkedahl fouled out at the 5:11 mark with Sioux Valley leading 45-44.

Hanson continued to keep things going after that.

He converted a three-point play on an assist from Zack Puetz to make it 50-45 with 4 1/2 minutes to play. Hanson’s tip-in with 3:33 left made it 52-45.

Taylor scored on the other end with 3 minutes to go, but the Fliers never got closer than five down the stretch.

“We were wearing down,” Sheppard said when asked about Hanson’s big quarter. “Like I said, we’re not a super deep team; we played really hard. Our kids busted their butts and played extremely hard defensively and as time goes on, you just wear down.”

Puetz finished with 13 points and Trevor Olson added 11 for the Cossacks. Tayt Vincent was limited to nine points.

For the Fliers, Taylor added 10 points, Bakkedahl and Xavier Pavlis both seven, and Connor LeBrun four.

It marked the first loss of the year for Flandreau (7-1).

Asked if his team will learn anything from the game, Sheppard said: “I guess I think we learned we’re pretty good. I think the two things we learned are: Flandreau basketball is pretty good and we can play defense. I mean, we held one of the highestpowered offenses in the state to 25 points in the first half. I can’t complain about that.”


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