An all-ESD final
Lynx fall to Pierre, 50-39
March 25. 2013 2:28PM
With a convincing display of poise and energy in the fourth quarter, the Pierre Governors won the Class AA boys state championship on Saturday at the Arena.
The Governors got a big lift from Lane Severyn in the crucial moments, edging away from the Lynx late for a 50-39 victory. It was the first state title since 1982 for Pierre.
Though it was hard to swallow the loss, Lynx head coach Brent Deckert said his team stood up to the height-advantaged Governors.
“I’m not happy going away with a second place finish, but at the same time if we have to sacrifice something for a Pierre team that has all that stuff going on, I’m very, very happy for them,” said Deckert.
Pierre’s Lane Severyn, who led all scorers with 24 points, hit a 3-pointer with 5:36 to play to give the Governors a 38-36 lead and then followed that with a 24-footer for another three points and a 41-36 Govs’ edge with 5:09 remaining. He topped that minutes later with a leaning beat-the-time-clock 3-pointer that gave Pierre a 44-39 lead with 1:16 to play.
It was the last of those, with a pair of Lynx guarding him tightly.
Deckert said it was then the team was feeling the effects of the three-day tournament frenzy.
“As the games keep going it gets a little more difficult,” he said. “That first game, combining on the second game and the third game, sometimes you end up losing your legs.”
The Governors started strong and finished strong. In between, the Lynx, who defeated Pierre 66-64 early in the season, were looking a lot like the state champions. Pierre opened with an 11-4 lead and led 14-9 at the first quarter break, but Brandon Valley, which went into the game with nine consecutive wins, answered with a strong second quarter and went into intermission tied 25-25.
“I’d probably say for the most part our guys were very, very decisive in what they wanted to get done and how we wanted to score. We just weren’t able to make enough shots,” Deckert said.
The Lynx followed that with another solid eight minutes, taking a 36-32 lead on a 3-pointer from Jacob Adams in the last second of the third quarter.
But the Lynx had no luck finding the hoop thereafter. A Chase Marso 3-pointer with 3:56 to play closed the Govs’ lead to 41-39 but the perimeter game failed them at that point.
“It seemed like when they got on a roll, we weren’t ready to step up – and in this game we had to,” Deckert said. “We had to step up and guard Lane – he has no regard for that 3-point line. He’s such a good shooter. When he gets on a roll there’s not much you can do.”
The Lynx hit just 14-of-53 from the field with a 6-of-26 effort from beyond the arc. For the most part, they did a good job of containing Zach Hanson, who still made his mark with 13 rebounds and 11 points. It was Severyn, though, on this night who delivered the difference-makers.
“I thought we did a great job of taking Zach away,” Deckert said. “And I can’t give Jacob Bruget and Nate Winter enough applause for what they did to that guy. They had their hands full.”
Marso, who won the Spirit of Su Award at halftime, led the Lynx with 17 points. Jacob Adams added 13 points.
“If you looked at our guys – they never expect to lose,” Deckert said. “But we just weren’t in our element at the end of the game. They’re not a group that loses, we got a bunch of winners on this team.”
Four seniors will graduate from this 18-7 squad – Marso, Adam Bauer, Jacob Bruget and Nate Winter – but will return with 10 juniors.
“The biggest thing about our juniors is that they are all together,” the coach said. “They probably get along better than any other group that we’ve had, and that’s why there’s so many of them. … So I am very much looking to our future.”
Challenger editor Jill Meier contributed to this report.
BRANDON VALLEY: Nic Peterson 1-12 0-0 1; Chase Marso 5-18 4-5 17; Adam Bauer 0-4 0-0 0; Jacob Adams 5-13 1-2 13; Nate Winter 2-3 0-0 4; Devan West 0-1 0-0 0; Jacob Bruget 1-2 0-0 2. Totals: 14-53 5-7 39.
PIERRE: Garrett Pochop 1-6 1-2 4; Austin Christopherson 0-2 2-3 2; Nick Rabern 0-3 0-0 0; Lane Severyn 9-13 1-2 24; Zach Hanson 2-6 6-8 11; ErinSeveryn 0-3 0-0 0; Carson Eisenbeisz 0-1 0-0 0; Cody Honeywell 3-8 1-2 9; Cooper Walton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 15-43 11-17 50.
Brandon Valley 9 25 36 39
Pierre 14 25 32 50
3-pointers: BV 6-26 (Peterson 1-8, Marso 3-9, Adams 2-6), Pierre 9-30 (Pochop 1-5, L. Severyn 5-8, Hanson 1-3, Honeywell 2-7); Rebounds: BV-33 (Peterson 5, Bauer 9); Pierre-35 (Hanson 13, L. Severyn 9); Assists: BV-10 (Peterson 4, Bauer 4), Pierre-13 (Pochop 5, E. Severyn 4); Total fouls: BV 16, Pierre 14.