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Mitchell’s Neil Schlimgen goes up for a layup during an Eastern South Dakota Conference matchup against Yankton Friday in Yankton. (Jeremy Hoeck/Press and Dakotan)

Mitchell boys fall to Yankton 65-42

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By Jeremy Hoeck

Press and Dakota 

There was no concern of a trap game for the Yankton Bucks.

A dominating start prevented that from happening.

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In advance of today’s matchup with No. 1 Huron, Yankton shot 63 percent and started on a 31-6 spurt in rolling past Mitchell 65-42 in Eastern South Dakota Conference action Friday night at the Summit Center.

Unselfish was a word tossed around a couple times after the game for the Bucks (9-4), who move to 8-2 in the ESD.

“Our passing was really good, especially down low,” said junior Brady Hale, who scored a game-high 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

“We were talking about looking down low for a few extra seconds, because we knew we were bigger.”

And rather successful in the paint.

Senior J.J. Hejna had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks, while senior Ryan Olson added 10 points and three rebounds.

With such a big lead, Yankton was able to play its reserves more minutes. Sophomore Tanner Frick scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, and seniors Mitchell Gullikson and Chipper Granflaten combined for eight points and four rebounds.

As they have most of the season, the Bucks were aggressive on defense forcing 21 turnovers and scoring 15 points off those takeaways.

“The defensive intensity and pressure was there to start, and we were able to create some offensive opportunities because of it,” Yankton coach Chris Haynes said.

Partly because of that pressure and partly out of being hurried, the Kernels (1-14) shot 30 percent for the game and 14 percent in the first half.

It was more of the same from the first meeting this season when Yankton won by 20 points.

“Their offense is just so much more fluid than the first time we saw them,” Mitchell coach Erik Skoglund said.

Kanin Nelson led the Kernels with 13 points and six rebounds, and impressed his coach with his willingness to branch out.

“He got out of his comfort zone tonight,” Skoglund said. “He was very physical down low and was being active.”

Mitchell 42

Yankton 65

MITCHELL (1-14, 1-10 ESD)

Noah Thompson 0-1 0-0 0; Tyler Houwman 1-2 0-0 2; Jaron Weich 1-1 0-0 2; Connor Morgan 0-5 0-0 0; Carter Brewster 2-7 1-2 5; Ethan Jones 1-5 0-0 2; Derek Miller 2-5 0-0 5; Beau Brown 2-9 3-3 7; Neil Schlimgen 1-3 0-0 2; Keegan Soukup 0-0 0-0 0; Jon Jamison 1-1 2-2 4; Kanin Nelson 3-8 6-10 13. TOTALS 14-47 12-17 42.

YANKTON (9-4, 8-2 ESD)

Tanner Frick 4-5 0-1 8; Ryan Olson 5-12 0-0 10; Reid Sawatzke 2-3 0-0 4; Austin Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Lane Sawatzke 2-2 0-0 4; Brody McClure 0-0 0-0 0; JJ Hejna 6-7 2-4 14; Mitchell Gullikson 2-3 0-0 4; Chipper Granflaten 2-4 0-0 4; Brady Hale 6-9 3-5 15; Evan Greeneway 1-3 0-0 2; Nick Raab 0-0 0-0 0; Sam Bisgard 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 30-48 5-10 65.

Mitchell 6 13 30 42

Yankton 20 33 47 65

3-point goals: M 2-21 (Miller 1-3, Nelson 1-5, Howman 0-1, Schlimgen 0-1, Jones 0-2, Brown 0-2, Brewster 0-3, Morgan 0-4), Y 0-5 (Frick 0-1, R. Sawatzke. Total Rebounds: M 24 (Miller 7), Y 30 (Hejna 10). Assists: M 6 (Brown 2), Y 16 (Hejna 5). Turnovers: M 21, Y 18. Personal Fouls: M 16, Y 15. Fouled Out: None.

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