The Madison Bulldogs used a huge 3rd quarter run to beat the Dell Rapids Quarriers 63-45 in boys basketball on Thursday, January 17th. Madison jumped out to a 20-9 lead after the first quarter. Dell Rapids used a big 2nd quarter run to take the lead towards the end of the quarter, but Madison would end the first half ahead 31-29. The two teams traded baskets early in the 3rd quarter. With the game tied 33-33 at the 6:30 mark of the 3rd quarter, Madison went on a 20-4 run to take a 53-37 lead on their way to the win.
Head coach Jason Fersdahl said, “We had to fight extremely hard to get back into the game. Unfortunately, we were unable to continue our strong 2nd quarter play into the 2nd half as Madison went on a big run to start the third quarter, and we were unable to recover. I thought we played some of our best basketball of the season in the 2nd quarter against a tough Madison team, but once again, we turned the ball over too much throughout the game, ending the game with 18 total turnovers. Also, we did not shoot the ball as well as we are capable of and we had a number of high percentage attempts in the pivotal third quarter that we just did not convert. We need to become focused and locked in on every possession on both offense and defense to begin playing more consistently as we have now passed the half-way point of the season.”
Dell Rapids was led by Cole Langer with 14 points and eight rebounds in the game in the game. Zach White and Ty Hoglund each added eight points, and Matt Kolbeck had seven points. The Quarriers were 11-14 from the free throw line in the game and shot 39% from the field. Madison had three players with 12 points each, Braxton Olson, Trae VandeBerg, and Jesse Brown. Preston Nordling had nine points in the game. The Bulldogs shot 4-10 from the free throw line and shot 45% from the field.
The Quarriers fall to 6-5 on the year. Dell Rapids will play Aberdeen Roncalli on Saturday, January 19th, at the Hanson Classic in Mitchell.
JV and Freshmen Results:
The Dell Rapids Quarrier JV team team suffered a 36-52 loss to Madison. Ty Hoglund led Dell Rapids with 11 points, Riley Schmidt had eight points, and Cody Nielsen had siz. Ben Hammer had five blocked shots. The Quarriers had five three-pointers and was 3-6 from the free throw line. Hammer and Nielsen had five and four rebounds respectively.
The freshmen team was defeated by Madison 16-47. Dell Rapids trailed 8-26 at halftime. Sam White led all scorers with six points. Cordell Wright had four points; Brett Mogen, Henry LaCoursiere, and Josh Parrott each had two points.