The Dell Rapids St Mary Cardinal boys basketball team lost its first game of the year 50-32 to the DeSmet Bulldogs on Friday, December 13th. The game was close for the first two and a half quarters before the Bulldogs made a late second half run. DeSmet led St Mary 15-12 after the first quarter and led 27-21 at halftime. The Cardinals opened up the third quarter with six straight points to tie the game at 27-27. The game was also tied at 29-29 midway through the third quarter before DeSmet ended the quarter on a 13-0 run to take a 42-29 lead. The Bulldogs outscored St Mary 8-3 in the final quarter for the win.
Jared Scholten led the Cardinals with 10 points in the game. Ethan Schmidt added nine points, while Mitch Roeman had six. Ben Bunkers finished with four points, and Christian Schneiders had three points.
The Cardinals will play Monday, December 16th at home against Bridgewater-Emery.