The Dell Rapids Quarriers defeated the Aberdeen Roncalli Cavaliers 72-65 at the Hanson Classic in Mitchell on Saturday, January 19th. The Quarriers held a 12-8 lead after the first quarter, and extended that lead to 34-25 at halftime. Dell Rapids was able to extend the lead further to 50-35 at the end of the third quarter, and hung on for the seven point victory.
Head coach Jason Fersdahl said, “It was great to get a win against a very good Aberdeen Roncalli team. Offensively, I thought we showed much more patience, and we were able to get the high percentage shot attempts that we are looking for in our offense. We were able to get the ball inside consistently to Koch and Langer and they both did a great job of either scoring when the opportunity was there or finding open teammates cutting to the basket when they were cut off. Ty Hoglund did a nice job of pushing the ball in transition when the opportunity was there and running our half court offense when we did not have a break opportunity. We got a little ragged in the 4th quarter and turned it over more than we had throughout the game and Roncalli got hot at the same time, but we were able to hit 18 of 25 free throws in the final quarter to secure the win.”
The Quarriers shot 50% (22-44) from the field, 33% (2-6) from the three-point area, and 70% (26-37) from the free throw line. Langer recorded a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Koch finished with 19 points, eight rebounds, and seven blocked shots in the game. Hoglund added 14 points for the Quarriers. Roncalli shot 33% (21-64) from the field, 31% (8-26) from the three-point area, and 83% (15-18) from the free throw line. Zach Schaefbauer led the Cavaliers with 13 points. Kory Schwan added 12 points, Kendal Deutsch had 11 points, and Locus Lorenz had 10 points.
Dell Rapids improves to 7-5 on the year, and will host Vermillion on Thursday, January 24th.