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Mitchell junior forward Keegan Soukup drives to the basket against a Brookings defender in the fourth quarter of an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys’ basketball game Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

Third quarter lifts Brookings over Mitchell boys

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After a quiet first half, Brookings senior guard Tyler Nagy took control.

Nagy scored 25 second-half points to lead the Bobcats to their second Eastern South Dakota Conference win this season Tuesday. Brookings defeated the Mitchell Kernel boys’ basketball team 75-57, ending a six-game losing skid.

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“Nagy is as good as they come,” said Mitchell first-year coach Erik Skoglund, whose team has lost 10 straight. “We’ve seen some great guards already this year and he’s right there at the top. He handled the game, not only with his scoring, but he’s as sure with the ball as anybody in the state. He went wherever he wanted to go against our trap.”

Nagy, the only Brookings player to score in double figures, finished with a game-high 33 points with four 3-pointers and seven rebounds.

The Bobcats (2-7, 2-6 ESD) led the Kernels (1-11, 1-7 ESD) by a point at halftime, but a 29-point third quarter gave Brookings the advantage.

“A lot of it centered around what we needed to do on the offensive side of the ball,” Brookings coach Travis Engebretson said. “Tyler scored a lot of points in the second half, but it was a result of other guys knocking down shots and Mitchell having to respect some of our shooters.”

The Kernels took their final lead of the contest early in the third before Brookings scored seven straight points to pull away. Brookings, which outrebounded Mitchell 39-31, knocked down five threes in the third quarter and shot 43 percent in the contest.

The Bobcats’ 48 percent shooting in the second half and fast breaks led to the Kernels’ troubles, and turnovers and missed buckets allowed the Bobcat defense to stall Mitchell’s hopes of a comeback.

The Kernels were 19-of-51 for 37 percent from the field and 13-of-21 for 62 percent from the line. Mitchell was led by junior guard Beau Brown with 21 points and six rebounds. The next highest scorer for the Kernels was senior forward Derek Miller with three 3-pointers for nine points. Sophomore forward Kanin Nelson brought down a game-high eight points for Mitchell.

The Kernels look for their second win against Pierre at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, while Brookings hosts Brandon Valley Thursday.

Brookings 75

Mitchell 57

Brookings (2-7, 2-6 ESD)

Mack Burns 1-2 6-8 8; Trevor Hornig 3-9 0-0 8; Seth Moret 1-8 0-0 2; Tyler Nagy 10-21 9-10 33; R.J. Helsper 2-3 0-0 4; Zach Treiber 3-3 0-0 6; Jared Tschetter 3-3 0-0 6; Carter Gordon 1-2 0-0 3; Seth Fraser 0-0 0-0 0; Devin Coughlin 1-2 1-2 3; Zach Sell 0-0 0-0 0; Jordan Verhoek 0-1 0-0 0; Todd Wieczorek 0-0 0-0 0; Isaac Brandt 0-0 0-0 0; Totals: 25-58 16-20 75.

Mitchell (1-11, 1-7 ESD)

Jaron Weich 0-3 4-6 4; Derek Miller 3-9 0-0 9; Beau Brown 7-14 5-9 21; Neil Schlimgen 2-4 1-2 5; Kanin Nelson 3-12 2-2 8; Noah Thompson 0-0 0-0 0; Tyler Houwman 0-0 0-0 0; Connor Morgan 0-0 0-0 0; Ben Miller 0-0 0-0 0; Carter Brewster 1-4 0-0 2; Ethan Jones 1-3 0-0 3; Keegan Soukup 1-1 1-2 3; Jon Jamison 1-1 0-0 2; Tyler Larson 0-0 0-0 0; Alex Hartman 0-0 0-0 0; Totals: 19-51 13-21 57.

B 15 32 61 75

M 14 31 44 57

3-point goals: B 9-24 (Hornig 2, Tschetter 2, Gordon, Nagy 4), M 6-21 (Miller 3, Brown 2, Jones); Rebounds: B 39 (Hornig 7, Nagy 7), M 31 (Nelson 8, Brown 6); Assists: B 8 (Nagy 4), M 4 (Brown 2); Steals: B 4, M 2; Turnovers: B 7, M 11; Personal fouls: B 22, M 19; Technical fouls: None.

Subvarsity scores

JV: Mitchell 63-61. Gray Determan and Keegan Soukup each scored 12 points.

Sophomores: Brookings 60-37. Justin Syring scored 15 points for Mitchell.

Freshmen A: Brookings 69-37. Sam Michels had 13 points.

Freshmen B: Brookings 72-15. Taylor Reichelt had four points.

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