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Sioux Falls Washington center Matt Farniok looks for someone to pass as he is guarded by DeLaSalle’s James Lawson Friday at the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

DeLaSalle holds off Washington 51-45

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DeLaSalle holds off Washington 51-45
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

After leading by one at the half, Sioux Falls Washington went cold.

DeLaSalle (Minneapolis) held the Warriors scoreless through the opening seven minutes of the second half en route to earning a 51-45 victory Friday at the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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“Washington did a great job with their zone and controlling the tempo of the game,” DeLaSalle head coach Dave Thorson said of the first half. “I felt like our offensive frustration hurt us defensively, and we were a little bit sluggish. At the start of the second half, I thought we got after it offensively and attacked with more vigor. We hunted for more shots and it paid off for us.”

DeLaSalle’s offense got a boost early in the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers by juniors Sacar Anim and Jarvis Johnson. Johnson led the Islanders with 19 points, while Anim scored 15 in the win. DeLaSalle was without Stanford commit Reid Travis, who is out with a foot injury.

Senior James Lawson, a University of Sioux Falls commit, brought down a game-high nine rebounds in the win.

The Islanders finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field to Washington’s 37 percent.

Washington’s top scorer was senior Brett Stanley with 19 points. Amanuel Beyene had 10 points and Sam Siganos brought down a team-high six rebounds.

Today, the Warriors take on Flora Macdonald (Red Springs, N.C.) at 5:15 p.m., while the Islanders face No. 1 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) in the final game of the event at 8:45 p.m.

Thorson said he looks forward to returning to the event year after year.

“We’re so grateful. The hospitality here is unbelievable and we love coming here,” he said. “This is a part of our plan and our guys are fired up about playing in Mitchell. I’ll be honest, we hope the Mitchell fans will be for us against Findlay Prep.”

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.
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