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Mitchell falls to Arrows in ESD contest

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Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

By ROGER MERRIAM

Watertown Public Opinion 

WATERTOWN — A fourth straight victory for the Watertown boys’ basketball team didn’t come as easily as it originally appeared it would Friday night.

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Mitchell trimmed an 18-point first-half deficit down to five before the Arrows regained control on the way to a 73-56 Eastern South Dakota Conference win in the Civic Arena.

“We got rolled last night and were really upset about our attitude and effort,” Mitchell head coach Erik Skoglund said. “We were as down as a team could be about 24 hours ago. To be within single digits ... We just needed one more stop, one more bucket or one more open three to go down and things could have been different. It would have least put a lot more pressure on them.”

The Arrows improved to 5-3 overall and 5-2 in the conference. The Kernels, who suffered their ninth straight setback, slipped to 1-10 and 1-6.

The Kernels used junior Beau Brown’s 12 points in the third period to pull within 53-44 with eight minutes remaining. Another field goal by Brown and a 3-pointer by freshman Connor Morgan got the Kernels within five two minutes into the fourth quarter.

The comeback bid quickly eroded, as Watertown scored five straight to bring the lead back to double digits. The decisive 17-5 scoring spurt ended on a three-point play by senior Jordan Terronez with 1:40 remaining. Torronez led the Arrows, who shot 49 percent from the field, with 17 points, while Nate Davis added 11.

Brown tallied 17 of his game-high 23 points in the second half for the Kernels, who also got eight points from junior Jaron Weich. Mitchell shot only 36 percent from the field and converted 4 of 7 free throws.

“We didn’t do anything differently in the second half,” said Skoglund. “It’s all about confidence. We had two quarters of four points each against Huron and tonight we came in and actually outscored them in two quarters.”

WATERTOWN 73 MITCHELL 56 WAT (5-3, 5-2 ESD) Nate Davis 3-7 4-4 11, Logan Gabriel 3-6 0-0 8, Mark DeSpiegler 0-1 2-2 2, Jordan Terronez 5-10 4-5 17, Trevor Jutting 1-3 0-0 2, Jesse Poppen 6-10 1-2 16, Marcus Gravatt 1-6 3-6 5, Nate DeSpiegler 0-1 0-0 0, Bryce LeBlanc 1-1 0-0 2, Harrison Jones 4-4 2-3 10. Totals 24-49 16-22 73.

MIT (1-10, 1-6 ESD) Carter Brewster 1-6 1-2 4, Ethan Jones 0-2 0-0 0, Beau Brown 10-24 1-1 23, Neil Schlimgen 0-2 0-0 0, Kanin Nelson 2-10 1-2 6, Jaron Weich 3-5 0-0 8, Connor Morgan 2-5 0-0 6, Derek Miller 2-6 1-1 5, Jon Jamison 2-2 0-1 4. Totals 22-62 4-7 56.

Watertown 9 32 53 73 Mitchell 6 20 44 56 FG% — Watertown .490, Mitchell .355. 3-PT FG — Watertown 9-22 (Davis 1-2, Terronez 3-7, Jutting 0-1, Poppen 3-7, Gabriel 2-4, M. DeSpiegler 0-1), Mitchell 8-19 (Brewster 1-3, Brown 2-4, Schlimgen 0-1, Nelson 1-1, Weich 2-3, Morgan 2-5, Miller 0-1). Rebounds: Watertown 37 (Terronez 9, Gravatt 6), Mitchell 31 (Nelson 9, Miller 5). Fouls: Watertown 13, Mitchell 18. Fouled out: None. Assists: Watertown 16 (Poppen 6, Jutting 3, Gabriel 3), Mitchell 10 (Jones 4, Brown 3). Steals: Watertown 1 (Jones), Mitchell 2 (Brown 1, Miller 1). Turnovers: Watertown 9, Mitchell 7.

Subvarsity scores JV: Watertown 53-45. Keegan Soukup scored 15 points and had four rebounds.

Sophomores: Watertown 77-58. Denver McFarlane scored a team-high 10 points.

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