Entringer Classic held; both local boys’ teams earn wins


BROOKINGS – Flandreau scored four consecutive points late to pull out a 43-40 victory over Hamlin in the 25th annual Michael J. Entringer Boys’ Basketball Scholarship Classic on December 29 at Bob Jostad Gymnasium.
Tash Lunday’s bucket down low with 1:25 to go put Flandreau on top for good at 39-37. Connor LeBrun buried a pair of foul shots with 22 seconds left.
Mitchell Noem knocked down a 3-pointer on the other end to pull the Chargers within 41-40 with 11 seconds showing on the clock.
Lunday went 2-for-2 at the line soon thereafter and Hamlin came up empty on the other end.
“Not much offense but we’ve been kind of preaching to our players – we have kind of a tough stretch here – that we need to take care of the ball,” said Flandreau coach Brendan Sheppard. “We missed quite a few 3s, we missed quite a few layups but we didn’t turn it over a lot so we were able to have more possessions and eventually get a few shots to fall.”
Flandreau shot 34 percent (17-of-50) from the field, including 2-of-14 from long range, but committed just nine turnovers.
The Fliers trailed 10-6 after a quarter but were up 21-17 at halftime and 32-27 through three. The score was twice tied in the fourth, including at 37-37 with 1:40 remaining following a pair of Booker Noem charity tosses.
Lunday, a freshman, had a big game and was voted MVP after tallying a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. He went 9-of-13 from the field.
“He did a nice job on the boards; he’s scoring some for us but what he does best is his help-side defense,” noted Sheppard. “He’s really a big strong kid, so he can get there and go straight up and people can’t go around him. He’s a strong, strong young man; so yeah, he did a nice job tonight.”
LeBrun scored 14 points and Nate Kneebone eight to go with eight boards as the Flier trio combined for all 43 points.
Hamlin’s Connor Bawdon had 18 points.


BROOKINGS – Hawk junior Dalton Voelker – the game MVP – posted a double-double of 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting and 14 rebounds to go with three blocked shots and a trio of assists as Colman-Egan beat Elkton-Lake Benton 52-43 in the 25th annual Michael J. Entringer Boys’ Basketball Scholarship Classic on December 29 at the BHS Auxiliary Gymnasium.
“The boys played pretty well,” said CE coach Scott Hemmer. “You know, we’ve kind of been in this schedule lately where we have the whole week off and then we play a game on the weekend, so it’s been a brutal month as far as practice goes but the kids have been doing pretty well.
“Like I just told them (in the locker room), if we add all the varsity starts with our five starters, I think we just went over 40 for their careers. We start four juniors, one senior but we’re green – we’re really green – and it shows at times but every game you can see that we’re getting a little stronger, a little better.
“We missed too many bunnies, again getting too nervous; we missed too many free throws. But (ELB) is a good team; they have a lot of athletes. We knew it was going to be hard for us to guard them, but we have some good players too, and the kids are starting to figure that out.
“As long as we keep working hard, we should be good.”
Colman-Egan was up 17-10 after a quarter and 26-25 at halftime. The Hawks took a 39-33 advantage into the fourth. Their lead peaked at 10 points – 48-38 – with 1:54 remaining.
The home team on the scoreboard shot 51.4 percent (18-of-35) from the field and was 14-of-25 at the charity stripe. Colman-Egan’s starters combined to play more than 152 of the 160 available minutes.
Alec Landis added 10 points, going 5-of-6 from the field.
ELB’s Grant DeRuyer finished with 22 points, eight boards and four steals.


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