The Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Braves ended the four-game winning streak of the Quarriers by beating Dell Rapids 85-81 in overtime on Saturday, January 18th. Dell Rapids jumped out to an early first quarter lead and had a 27-15 lead after the first quarter. After leading by as much as 12 in the 2nd quarter, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte cut the Quarrier lead down to six at 44-38 by halftime. The Braves took their first lead of the game with 2:50 to go in the 3rd quarter, at 54-53. The Braves ended the 3rd quarter with the lead at 60-57.
The Quarriers scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to regain the lead at 61-60. However, the Braves scored the next seven points to take a six point lead of 67-61 with 3:20 to go in the fourth quarter. Dell Rapids pulled within one point at 69-70 with :29 left in the quarter. After two free-throws made by the Braves, Ty Hoglund was fouled at half court with :01.8 left on the clock. The foul put him on the free-throw line with a one-and-one. Hoglund’s free throw missed, however, a lane violation was called on Cheyenne-Eagle Butte giving Hoglund another chance. On the second chance, Hoglund hit the first free throw to make the score 70-72. He purposely missed the second free throw, and Zach White tipped in the miss at the buzzer to tie the game at 72-72. In overtime, the game was once again tied at 75-75 with 2:50 to go, and then again at 79-79 with :52 left on the clock. Xavier Norris hit a floater in the lane with :35 to give the Braves the lead 81-79, and then Norris then knocked down two big free throws with :07.3 left to give the Braves a four point lead and the road win.
“This was a very entertaining game that had the feel of a state tournament game, but unfortunately for us, we came up just short against a hot-shooting C-EB team. Once again, we jumped out to a strong start, but we allowed C-EB to gain some momentum with some careless turnovers and missed shot opportunities. Credit to them, they seized the momentum and then got really hot from the perimeter in the second half, and many of their made three pointers were from well beyond the NBA-range. We knew coming in that Norris and LeBeau were great shooters who were capable of putting up a lot of points, and they did just that. I am very proud of our team for fighting hard to the finish and finding a way to get the game into overtime; I feel we had our chances to come out on top, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I think this game can make our team a lot better and that we learned some things that we really need to work on to continue playing teams tough. Every game on the rest of our schedule will be very tough and we will need to improve offensively and defensively to find success throughout the rest of the season,” said head coach Jason Fersdahl.
The Quarriers finished 29-66 (44%) from the field, 8-21 (38%) from three-point area, and 15-25 (60%) from the free-throw line. They picked up 51 total rebounds as a team, had 11 steals, 18 assists, and turned the ball over 23 times. Zach White finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Cody Nielsen had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Zane Schumaker finished with 17 points, and Ty Hoglund had 14 points. Creighton LeBeau led Cheyenne-Eagle Butte with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Norris finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Dell Rapids falls to 6-2 on the year. The Quarriers will host Garretson in a non-conference game on Tuesday, January 21st.
Sam White had a huge game for Dell Rapids against Cheyenne/Eagle Butte as he scored 19 points and had six rebounds and two steals. The Quarriers won the game 51-38 even though they only lead by one point at halftime. Brett Mogen also had a fantastic game for the Quarriers with three three-pointers and finished with nine points and four assists. Other scorers for Dell Rapids were Mason Peter and Josh Benda who each had eight points in the win.