Rebound for third in BEC tourney

VOLGA – Flandreau came back from a semifinal loss to take third in the Big East Conference Tournament last week. Flandreau defeated McCook Central/Montrose, 66-56 to move their record to 5-3 on the season.
“It was a good bounce back win against a good McCook Central/Montrose team. We had a nice flow on the offensive end. If we play within ourselves, good shots and opportunities are available,” said Head Coach Brendan Sheppard.
Flandreau was leading 34-31 at halftime and outscored the Figthing Cougars 21-10 in the third. MCM fought back and outscored Flandreau 15-11 in the final quarter, but dug themselves too big of a hole.
Tash Lunday led the Fliers with 27 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Alex Anderson had 19 points.
The Fighting Cougars were led by Isaac McCormic who had 18 points. Kolton Lindstrom had 12 points and Gavin Gordon had 10.

Second round
FLANDREAU – In the semifinals Friday night, Parker beat Flandreau 53-50.
Tied at 13 after 8 minutes, the Pheasants were up 28-22 at halftime and 37-30 at the end of three.
“We struggled in the first half offensively,” said Coach Sheppard. “We were too passive against their zone.”
The Fliers committed 18 turnovers and made only 3 of 18 three-point shots.
Kaden Pesicka had 20 points and Cole Jurgens and Davin Fuller added 13 apiece for Parker.
The Fliers’ Tash Lunday posted a double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds.
Alex Anderson had 10 points, four steals, three rebounds, two assists and a pair of blocks. Chase LeBrun chipped in with eight points.
“We had a few opportunities down the stretch to make a play to win the game and just couldn’t quite execute,” added Sheppard.

First round
FLANDREAU – The Fliers used a good first quarter to propel them to a 61-49 Big East Conference Tournament quarterfinal victory over Garretson last Thursday.
Flandreau outscored Garretson 21-13 and carried that lead the rest of the way.
Tash Lunday led the Fliers with 17 points and nine rebounds. Chase LeBrun had 16 points and seven rebounds. Alex Anderson had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.
“We played a really nice offensive game against their zone,” said Flier coach Brendan Sheppard. “The ball movement was crisp and set up many open shots. Our defense could have been better in the first half. We played a better defensive game in the second half.”
The Blue Dragons (1-5) were led by Trey Buckenberg who had 15 points and four rebounds. Lucas Fitzgerald had seven points and eight rebounds. Cooper Long had 10 points.
The Fliers will travel to the 5-1 Madison Bulldogs on Thursday.


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