Mitchell boys edged by Aberdeen Central 61-58
In Mitchell’s final chance to tie the score with 7.7 seconds left in the game, Jaron Weich pulled up for a three in the corner and was hit in the hand on the shot by Ab-erdeen Central’s Jacob Goehring.
Weich missed the deep shot, there was no whistle and the game ended, giving the Golden Eagles their first Eastern South Dakota Conference win Friday over the Mitchell Kernels 61-58 at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
“We thought 7.7 was enough to set the flare screen and it wasn’t,” Mitchell first-year head coach Erik Skoglund said. “That allowed them to be man-on-man on Jaron. Beau (Brown) made a nice pass to Jaron over the top and Jaron had to get the shot off, but it was a tough call.
“We understand how tough those calls are, and we made a mistake on our part and probably should’ve had someone else inbound the ball to set up a better flare for Jaron.”
The Kernels (1-6, 1-2 ESD) had another oppor-tunity with 16 seconds left on the clock to tie the score or take the lead as they trailed 60-58. After Aberdeen Central’s Logan Degrand made one of two free throws, Brown took the ball up the court, drove the lane and missed the bucket.
“It would’ve been nice to make those free throws and ice our way and we didn’t,” Aberdeen Central head coach Brent Norberg said. “We had to come up with two big stops. As a coach, you love to win the game by having to get a stop. I thought the two plays they had to tie it, we made good plays.”
The Kernels, who shot 47 percent from the field, came out firing early and built a lead as big as 12 in the second quarter. Mitchell won the rebounding battle 19-15 and had half as many turnovers as the Golden Eagles (2-4, 1-2 ESD) in the first half, bringing its lead to 33-26 at halftime.
Yet, third-quarter struggles allowed Aberdeen Central back in the game. The Golden Eagles outscored the Kernels 17-6 in the third.
“We had us down for seven turnovers in the third quarter alone and that can’t happen,” said Skoglund, whose team committed 14 turnovers in the game.
Aberdeen Central’s big outing in the third quarter gave it a 43-39 lead heading into the final stanza. But Brown scored five straight points to begin the fourth, propelling the Kernels to string together a 10-0 run to regain the lead. Mitchell built a seven-point lead with four minutes to go, but timely 3-pointers by Anthony Bachmeier and Jesse Babcoc pulled the Golden Eagles within striking dis-tance.
Aberdeen Central, which shot 36 percent from the field, ended the game on a 14-4 run and was led by by Bachmeier with a game-high 17 points. Degrand had 12 points, Babcoc tallied 10, which were all in the second half, and Goehring pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.
Mitchell was led by Derek Miller with 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for a double-double. Brown had 13 points, five assists and five rebounds and Kanin Nel-son added 12 points in the loss.
Aberdeen Central plays at Watertown Tuesday, while the Kernels turn around to host Yankton at 7 p.m. today at the Corn Palace.
“We’ve got to leave this one behind and be ready for Yankton,” Miller said. “They’re a tough team but I think we can play with them and get a win.”
Aberdeen Central 61
Aberdeen (2-4, 1-2 ESD)
Trey Vilhauer 0-1 0-0 0; Jacob Goehring 4-19 0-0 8; Logan Degrand 2-9 7-11 12; Tevin Johnson 1-3 0-0 2; Tyler Block 2-2 1-3 5; Jesse Babcoc 3-8 2-3 10; Anthony Bachmeier 7-15 2-3 17; T.J. Allam 2-2 3-3 7; Totals 21-59 15-23 61.
Mitchell (1-6, 1-2 ESD)
Jaron Weich 2-6 0-0 6; Derek Miller 4-9 5-6 14; Neil Schlimgen 2-5 1-2 6; Beau Brown 6-13 0-2 13; Kanin Nelson 6-10 0-1 12; Connor Morgan 0-0 0-0 0; Carter Brewster 0-0 0-0 0; Ethan Jones 2-3 1-2 7; Jon Jamison 0-1 0-0 0; Totals: 22-47 7-13 58.
AC 9 26 43 61
M 18 33 39 58
3-point goals: AC 4-18 (Degrand, Babcoc 2, Bachmeier), M 7-16 (Weich 2, Miller, Schlimgen, Jones 2, Brown); Rebounds: AC 30 (Goehring 7), M 37 (Miller 11); Assists: AC 4 (Goehring 3), M 13 (Brown 5); Steals: AC 6 (Babcoc 3), M 9 (Miller 3, Brown 3); Turnovers: AC 13, M 14; Personal fouls: AC 12, M 21. Technical fouls: None.
JV: Mitchell 72-69. Keegan Soukup had 14 points, Tyler Houwman had 13 points, Ben Miller recorded 12 points and Connor Morgan and Jed Schmidt each added 11.
Sophomores: Aberdeen Central 61-53. Gray Determan had a game-high 19 points.
Freshmen A: Mitchell 44-34. Elijah Pommer, Reed Overweg and Sam Michels each had 12 points.
Freshmen B: Aberdeen Central 50-38.