The Dell Rapids Quarriers boys basketball team won their third straight game by defeating the Canton C-Hawks 66-47 on Tuesday, January 29th, in Dell Rapids. Dell Rapids jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and held a 19-14 lead after the first quarter. The Quarriers were able to maintain the lead heading into halftime at 33-28. The C-Hawks scored the first five points of the third quarter to tie the game at 33-33, but the Dell Rapids defense took over allowing just seven more points the remainder of the quarter while scoring 18 on offense to take a 51-40 lead at the end of the third quarter. The Quarrier defense only allowed seven total points in the fourth quarter on the way to the victory.
Head coach Jason Fersdahl said, “We really buckled down on defense in the 2nd half and contested their perimeter shots and forced some turnovers as well. We were able to get high percentage shots throughout the game and I was pleased that we did not just settle for perimeter shots.”
Cole Langer led Dell Rapids with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Bryce Koch had 14 points and eight rebounds. Matt Kolbeck added 10 points for Dell Rapids. Canton was led by Jay Lems with 15 points. Zach DeJong and Cody Willett had 11 points each.
“Cole Langer did a great job of breaking down Canton’s defense and was able to create scoring opportunities for himself and others,” said Fersdahl.
Dell Rapids shot 58% from the field and 68% (17-25) from the free throw line. Canton was 36% from the field and 53% (7-13) from the free throw line. The Quarriers also finished the game with 13 assists and just 11 turnovers.
Fersdahl said, “Canton is a good basketball team and it was great to bounce back and get a victory against them after they defeated us in the Big Sioux Conference tournament earlier this month. This game was kind of a reversal of the first game as the we outscored the C-Hawks by 10 points from the free throw line; I thought that was a big key to the game as we were aggressive on offense and were able to shoot 25 free throws in the game while we did a pretty good job, especially in the 2nd half, of keeping them off of the free throw line.”
Dell Rapids improves to 9-5 on the year and 3-2 in the Big Sioux Conference. The Quarriers will travel to Tri-Valley to take on the Mustangs on Friday, February 1st.
JV and Freshman Results:
The boys JV team defeated Canton by a score of 75-39. All 12 players scored. Cody Nielsen and Riley Schmidt let the scorers with 12 and 11 points respectively. Zane Schumaker and Tanner Solberg each had two 3-pointers for the Quarriers. Schumaker had numerous assists to go along with six points.
The freshman boys team beat Canton by a score of 45-27. Sam White had his best offensive game of the year scoring 14 points. Justin Riswold also shot the ball well, as he had eight points in the game. Cordell Wright and Brett Mogen each had five points apiece. Nine of the 10 players scored in the game. The freshman record improves to 4-8 on the year.