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Lynx break away from Tigers in 2nd half en route to 61-45 win
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

January 23. 2014 1:20PM
Coming off a 17-point effort against Watertown earlier in the week, Lynx senior Jacob Adams repeated as the team’s scoring leader Saturday night in Brandon. The Lynx handed Eastern South Dakota Conference newcomer Harrisburg Tigers a 61-45 setback.

“It’s been a great week and a half for the boys,” said Lynx head coach Brent Deckert, whose team improves to 5-4.

The Lynx jumped out to a quick 5-0 start before the Tiger offense came to life, and by the first quarter’s end, Brandon Valley held a six-point advantage over their guests, 25-19.

Harrisburg’s defense created some problems for the Lynx in the second quarter, limiting Brandon Valley to five points, while putting up 10 to trail their hosts 30-29 going into the break.

“We started off playing well against their zone but defensively gave up far too much penetration to be successful,” Deckert said. “In the second half, the guys really played a sound game.”

The more-experienced Class AA team – Brandon Valley – began to separate themselves from the Tigers in the third quarter, exploding for 16 points while containing the Tigers to seven points for a 46-36 game at the end of three.

Frustrations continued to mount for the Tigers in the fourth, as they sent Brandon Valley to the free throw line where they could’ve done some significant damage. In all total, Brandon Valley converted 17-of-30 opportunities, to help them to the 61-45 victory. Harrisburg collected on 12 of their 18 chances at the charity stripe.

“We weren’t great from the free throw line but we still were able to get there 30 times,” Deckert said.

The Lynx had a better night from the field Saturday night than they did earlier in the week. Against the Tigers, Brandon Valley netted 19-44 (43 percent), and held Harrisburg to a 39 percent effort, 14-36.

The Lynx got scoring contributions from a variety of players against the Tigers. In addition to Adams’ 16, Peter Choudek dumped in nine and Kevin Petersen scored seven. Nic Peterson and Devan West both tossed in six, and Dominic Nealy added five.

The Tigers had two players finish in double digits. Gunar Rang scored a dozen and Austin Bicknese picked up 11. Both Cody Eide and Christian Trainor scored seven.

The teams matched up on the boards, with the Lynx having a one-rebound advantage, 20-19. Adams was the workhorse on the glass, hauling in eight. West claimed four and Choudek claimed three. Rang and Trainor both had four caroms for Harrisburg.

Adams nabbed three of the team’s 10 total steals; Harrisburg charted five.

The Lynx limited their turnovers to a dozen, while the Tigers turned the ball over 19 times.

Deckert said Brandon Valley’s five-game schedule over nine days seems to agree with the team.

“Less practice and five games in nine days makes it way more enjoyable for the boys, and winning four of those five helps,” he said. “But we have many areas of improvement left ahead of us.”

This week, the Lynx play a pair of back-to-back road games. On Thursday, Brandon Valley is at Brookings, and Friday night, they travel to Aberdeen Central. The boys return to the Lynx gym next Tuesday, when they play host to neighboring Sioux Falls Washington.
BV 25 30 46 61
Harrisburg 19 29 36 45
Brandon Valley: Nic Peterson 3 0 0-0 6; Dominic Neal 2 0 1-3 5; Devan West 0 0 6-10 6; Jacob Adams 2 3 3-7 16; Derek Johnson 2 0 0-0 4; Austin Trevino 0 2 0-0 6; Kevin Petersen 2 0 3-4 7; Peter Choudek 1 1 4-6 9; Drew Reinschmidt 1 0 0-0 2; Ryan Sjoberg 0 0 0-0 0; Ryan Immeker 0 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 6 17-30 61.

Lynx defenders Austin Trevino (32) and Derek Johnson get in the face of Harrisburg's Christian Trainor in the team's first meeting in Eastern South Dakota Conference action. The Lynx defeated the Tigers 61-45 to improve to 5-4 on the season. Photo by Jill Meier

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