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BV boys pull off 'classic ESD battle' against Yankton
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 14. 2014 2:31PM
Saturday’s game at Yankton was a “classic ESD battle,” according to Lynx head coach Brent Deckert.

With neither team taking command of the game, Brandon Valley held on to pull off a 45-42 Eastern South Dakota Conference road win.

For the most part, Saturday’s contest was a point-for-point battle. The Lynx registered a slight edge on the Bucks at the end of the first (8-5) and second (23-21) quarters.

Then it was Yankton’s turn to take the lead, this time it was a three-point difference, 32-29, heading into the fourth quarter.

The minimal-point lead changes were the result of stellar defensive play by both squads.

“Both teams are becoming very good defensive teams,” Deckert said. “They made us work for everything we got.”

True to ESD Conference-style, the game came down to some clutch free throws.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t us making them,” said Deckert, whose team converted 11-of-17. “For the first time this year we really struggled at the foul line.”

Senior scoring leaders Nic Peterson and Jacob Adams, who finished with 11 and 15 points, respectively, had opportunities to close out the game in the last minute, the Lynx boy’s coach said. But the team’s eagerness curtailed that opportunity.

“This was another great team victory but we sort of resorted back to our impatience on the offensive end,” Deckert said. “What we currently find encouraging with this team is that they are getting better and better on the defensive end.”

Inside the arc, the Lynx hit on 37 percent of their shot attempts, 14-37. Beyond the arc, they netted just 2-of-12, a 16 percent outcome. The host Bucks made 8-of-32 inside the arc (25 percent) and had the same outcome percentage-wise outside the perimeter, getting 4-of-24 shot attempts. Yankton had better results at the free throw line, where they knocked down 14-of-19.

In addition to the point contributions of Adams and Peterson, Peter Choudek put up 10 and Devan West accounted for four. For Yankton, Ryan Olson had 14 points and Reid Sawatzke 11.

While it was a point-for-point game, the Lynx had the advantage on the boards, 33-25. West and Adams led the charge with eight; Peterson grabbed five. Yankton was led on the glass by Sawatzke and Brady Hale, who each had five rebounds; Olson had four.

Deckert said the Bucks are a much-improved team from last year. “Their players have made huge gains from last season to this one,” he said.

The 4-3 Lynx boys host ESD-newcomer Harrisburg at 7 p.m. Saturday and are then on break until Jan. 23 and 24, when they hit the road for Brookings and Aberdeen Central, respectively.

BV 8 23 29 45
Yankton 5 21 32 42

Brandon Valley: Nic Peterson 3 1 2-4 11; Dominic Nealy 1 0 0-0 2; Devan West 2 0 0-0 4; Ryan Immeker 0 0 0-0 0; Jacob Adams 6 1 4-5 15; Derek Johnson 0 0 2-2 2; Kevin Petersen 0 0 1-2 1; Peter Choudek 4 0 2-4 10; Drew Reinschmidt 0 0 0-0 0; Austin Trevino 0 0 0-0 0; Ryan Sjoberg 0 0 0-0 0; Ryan Larson 0 0 0-0 0; Tyler Erck 0 0 0-0 0; Reid Grode 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 2 11-17 45.

Assists: BV-0. Blocked shots: BV-0. Rebounds: BV-33 (West 8, Adams 8, N. Peterson 5); Y-25 (Sawatzke 5, Hale 5, Olson 4.). Steals: BV-4; Y-5. Turnovers: BV-16, Y-11. Personal fouls: BV-14; Y-18.

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