In a game that saw the Flandreau Flyers make more three-point shots than two-point shots, the Dell Rapids Quarriers held off the Flyers at the Entringer Classic in Brookings 60-57 for their fourth win of the season. Dell Rapids jumped out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter, but the Flyers started to heat up beyond the three-point line to cut the Quarrier lead down to 29-26 at halftime. The Flyers took the lead on a last second shot at the end of the third quarter, 39-38. But Dell Rapids was able to hold off the Flyers in the final quarter for the win.
The Quarriers shot 62% (24-39) from the field, 46% (6-13) from three-point area, and 75% (6-8) from the free throw line. Flandreau shot 37% (17-46) from the field, 40% (11-27) from three-point area, and 100% (12-12) from the free throw line. Cole Langer led the Quarriers with 22 points and seven assists. Langer was named the game’s MVP. Bryce Koch had 12 points, nine rebounds, and five blocked shots. Spencer Kerzman added eight points. Flandreau was led by Geno Bursheim with 16 points and Mitchell Foster with 15 points.
Head Coach Jason Fersdahl said, “The classic was a great atmosphere and drew a large crowd; it is always fun to be a part of it year after year. We were able to use our size advantage to get the ball inside to get high percentage shots throughout the game. We shot 18-26 from inside the 3 point arc and ended shooting 62% total for the game. I was happy to see us start off the game strong once again, as we jumped out to a 17-8 lead after one quarter. Flandreau started to get hot from the outside, like we knew they were capable of, in the second quarter and they were able to hit some tough, contested shots throughout the rest of the game. As a team we showed a good deal of mental toughness in the fourth quarter by working to get great shots inside and convert free throw opportunities down the stretch. Flandreau is a tough team to match up with given their quickness and shooting ability and they will win a lot of games thoughout the season, so this was a great win for the Quarriers.”
The Quarriers are now 4-1 on the year. They will take on Sioux Falls Christian in the first round of the Big Sioux Conference Tournament in Sioux Falls on Thursday, January 3rd.