The Dell Rapids Quarrier boys basketball team won their sixth game in a row in exciting fashion over the Spearfish Spartans, 55-52, on Saturday, February 9th, at the DWU Classic in Mitchell. Spearfish held a slight 18-16 lead after the first quarter, and pushed that lead to six at halftime, 33-27. Dell Rapids would have the lead 42-40 at the end of the third quarter. The final quarter was back and forth as both teams traded baskets. With the scored tied at 52-52, Ty Hoglund hit the game-winning three-point shot from the right side wing to give the Quarriers the win.
Head coach Jason Fersdahl said, “We faced a major challenge against a tough and physical Spearfish team…facing them the day after defeating a quick and aggressive Dakota Valley team. Facing a six point halftime deficit and perhaps some fatigue as well, I was happy to see our team respond to the adversity by coming out and playing outstanding in the third quarter to take a two point lead. The final quarter was back and forth as it seemed Spearfish answered every bucket we scored with either a 3 pointer or a putback basket off of a rebound. Fortunately, we were able to secure the possession at the end of the game and, we were able to work for a final shot which Ty Hoglund calmly knocked down. This was a great win as Spearfish had been very hot lately, defeating two “AA” schools (Huron and Mitchell) just the previous week.”
Dell Rapids was led by Bryce Koch with 16 points, nine rebounds, and four blocked shots. Cole Langer added 11 points, Zach White had 10 points, and Hoglund finished the game with seven points. The Spartans were led by Dillon Orth with 17 points, and Ryan Olson with 15 points. The Quarriers shot 54% (25-46) from the field and 50% (7-14) from the free throw line in the game. Spearfish shot 35% (27-77) from the field and 50% (5-10) from the free throw line.
The Quarriers improve to 12-5 on the year. Dell Rapids will travel to Harrisburg to take on the Tigers on Tuesday, February 12th.