The Dell Rapids Quarrier boys basketball team picked up a win over the Tea Area Titans 65-57 on Friday, December 20th, in Dell Rapids. Dell Rapids jumped out to a quick early lead and led 17-11 after the first quarter. Tea was able to close the gap by two points by halftime at 32-27. The Titans chipped away at the lead, before taking a 38-36 lead late in the third quarter, but the Quarriers regained the lead at 43-41 after the third quarter. The Quarriers were able to pull away at the end by hitting free throws late in the game for the win.
Dell Rapids was led by Ben Hammer with 14 points, 12 rebounds, and seven blocked shots. Cody Nielsen finished with 13 points, and Riley Schmidt and Ty Hoglund each had 12 points in the game. Hoglund also finished with seven assists, and Zane Schumaker had six assists. Shumaker also had 10 steals in the game. Tea was led by Tarin Smallfield with a game-high 22 points.
Head coach Jason Fersdahl said, “This was a total team victory! Tea is a good team that plays very aggressive defense, and I thought we did a good job of moving the ball to find good scoring opportunities. We were able to work the ball inside to our post players who were able to finish strong at the basket. We knew that Tea would make a strong run at us, and I am proud that our guys responded with a strong 4th quarter; we were able to hit clutch shots down the stretch. We didn’t shoot free throws very well for the night, but Zane hit 5 -6 down the stretch to finish the game.”
The Quarriers improved to 2-0 on the year. Dell Rapids will take on Sioux Valley at the Entringer Classic in Brookings on Saturday, December 28th, in their next game. The game will be webcast on Big Sioux Media.