DELL RAPIDS – Flandreau got off to a fast start but couldn’t hold on in a 53-51 nonconference boys’ basketball loss to Dell Rapids on Tuesday.
The Fliers were ahead 23-11 after a quarter and 31-29 at halftime. The Quarriers were on top 45-43 heading to the fourth.
"We had a great start to the game, but made a few mental mistakes and missed layups ended up costing us,” said Flandreau coach Brendan Sheppard. “We had a nice night on the defensive end, but struggled to make shots after the first quarter."
Dylan LeBrun paced the Fliers with 17 points, 14 rebounds and four assists.
Nate Kneebone had 11 points and eight boards. Connor LeBrun chipped in with 10 points and Nathan Cloud nine.
VOLGA – Trevor Hanson netted his 1,000th career point as Sioux Valley edged Flandreau 66-59 in a Big East Conference/Lake Central Conference boys’ basketball game Thursday night.
The senior totaled 26 points and eight rebounds. His basket with 1:31 to go put the Cossacks ahead 60-58.
Trevor Olson made a pair of free throws with 36 seconds left and Max Nielson went 2-for-2 at the line soon thereafter to make it 64-58.
Flandreau’s Dylan LeBrun made 1-of-2 freebies with 27 seconds to play, before Nielson provided for the final margin with two more charity tosses with 23 seconds showing on the clock.
Flandreau was ahead 21-16 after a quarter and 35-29 at halftime. Sioux Valley rallied to move grab a 47-45 advantage at the end of three.
Schuster scored in the paint and Hanson made a 3-pointer to push the margin to 52-45 early in the fourth.
The lead reached eight points – 58-50 with 4 1/2 minutes to play – following a pair of free throws from Olson and a putback by Schneider.
The Fliers scored eight consecutive points – all at the free throw line – to pull even at 58-58 with 1:47 to go. Connor LeBrun and Dylan LeBrun both made two, while Nathan Kneebone dropped in four.
Dylan LeBrun posted a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Kneebone added 11 points, and Connor LeBrun and Nathan Cloud nine apiece. Reserve Edu Povea hit a trey.
“We played another nice game that we just came up a little short on again. Again, there were just a handful of plays where we turned the ball over and didn't get a shot. Those empty possessions really hurt when you are playing against some of the best teams in the state,” said Sheppard.
“The crowd support has really been picking up as is our play on the court. Things are looking pretty good as we enter the final month of the season.”
Flandreau (10-5, 4-1/2-2) is host to Parker on Tuesday.