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Governors cash in at FT line to claim 6-57 win
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

February 05. 2014 10:19AM
The Brandon Valley boys led at all quarter stops Friday at Pierre, except for the last, where the Governors held the all-important advantage to claim the 60-57 Eastern South Dakota Conference victory.

“We played a great game against a great team on the road,” said Lynx head coach Brent Deckert. “Pierre’s defensive pressure led to some easy baskets for us early on but we just aren't fundamentally strong enough right now to finish out a game like this.”

In their second meeting of the season – with Pierre getting the 63-49 victory the first time around – a determined Lynx squad jumped out to a 12-2 quick start. Deckert and the Lynx took advantage of a barrage of turnovers before the host Governors cut the deficit to six by the quarter’s end, 16-10, Brandon Valley’s favor.

The turnover troubles the Governors had came into play for the Lynx in the second quarter, allowing their hosts to get within one at the break, 24-23.

Brandon Valley returned to the court in the second half with that same determination they started with, ignited by a 3-point play from senior Devan West early on in the third. But the Governors answered with baskets by Garrett Pochop and Cooper Walton to cut the Lynx lead to two. Hampered by fouls in the third, the Governors put the Lynx in the bonus with 3:30 to play in the third quarter, which helped the Lynx keep to keep Pierre in check. With just less than a minute to play, Pierre took its first lead of the ESD battle. The Lynx, however, wouldn’t be silenced, as junior Pete Choudek, who led his team with 18 points, found the hoop at the buzzer for the 41-39 advantage.

Despite being in the bonus early in the third, the Lynx didn’t get many chances at the free throw line thanks to the Governors. The Lynx, however, sent an entourage of Pierre players to the line, where they cashed in for the 60-57 win. The Lynx had cut the lead down to four with 55 seconds to play, but a Walton rebound – 10 total for the game – ended Brandon Valley’s chances.

The Lynx were led in scoring by a pair of underclassmen. Choudek had 18 and Austin Trevino put up 10. Seniors Nic Peterson and West were contained to eight points, while fellow classmate Jacob Adams added seven to the cause.

A trio of Pierre players finished in double digits. Brevin Kaiser led with 16. Walton and Pochop scored 13 and 10, respectively.

The Lynx had a chilly night beyond the perimeter, dropping 5-of-20. Pierre didn’t fare much better though, getting just 2-of-12.

However, the Governors did cash in at the charity stripe, where they picked up 24 points on their 36 chances. The Lynx were 12-of-17.

The teams matched up on the boards, however, with both squads hauling in 30. Choudek led the Lynx with seven.

Brandon Valley had four steals and too many turnovers with 22, while Pochop picked off five of Pierre’s eight total steals. They had 13 total turnovers.

“We gave Washington too many extra possessions through a lack of rebounding and tonight we gave Pierre their extra’s through turnovers,” Deckert said. “This was a disappointing week dropping two straight games but we plan to change things around in Watertown this Tuesday!”

After meeting up with the Arrows on Tuesday, the 7-6 Lynx take to the road Saturday for a short trip to neighboring Sioux Falls Roosevelt, and on Monday, Feb. 10, they play host to ESD rival, the Yankton Bucks. Both games are tagged for 7 p.m. starts.

BV 16 24 41 57
Pierre 10 23 39 60

Brandon Valley (7-6): Nic Peterson 3-16 0-0 8; Dominic Nealy 0-2 0-0 0; Drew Reinschmidt 0-1 1-2 1; Devan West 3-7 2-4 8; Jacob Adams 3-7 1-2 7; Derek Johnson 1-2 0-0 3; Austin Trevino 2-6 4-4 10; Kevin Petersen 0-2 2-2 2; Peter Choudek 8-11 2-3 18. Totals: 20-54 12-17 57.

Pierre (10-2): Garrett Pochop 2-5 6-8 10; Austin Christopherson 2-5 0-0 4; Nick Rabern 2-6 2-4 7; Erin Severyn 1-7 5-8 8; Trey Livermont 0-1 0-0 0; Travis Barton 1-3 0-0 2; Brevin Kaiser 4-11 8-10 16; Cooper Walton 5-11 3-6 13. Totals: 17-49 24-36 60.

3-point goals¬ – BV 5-20 (N. Peterson 2-8, Nealy 0-1, West 0-1, West 3-7, Adams 0-2, Johnson 1-2, Trevino 2-6), P 2-12 (Pochop 0-1, Christopherson 0-3, Rabern 1-1, Severyn 1-5, Livermont 0-1, Barton 0-1); Rebounds – BV 30 (Choudek 7); P 30 (Walton 10); Steals – BV 4 (Reinschmidt, West, Adams, Trevino 1); P 8 (Pochop 5); Fouls – BV 29; P 18; Turnovers – BV 22; Pierre 13; Fouled out – Christopherson.

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