Chamberlain beats Winner in overtime for seventh place in Class AChamberlain’s boys’ basketball team ended a run of nine straight state tournament losses with a 74-70 overtime win over Winner in the 7th/8th place matchup at the Class A state tournament on Saturday in Sioux Falls.
By: Kevin Pottebaum, The Daily Republic
SIOUX FALLS — Chamberlain ended a run of nine straight state tournament losses with a 74-70 overtime win over Winner in the seventh-place matchup at the Class A state boys’ basketball tournament Saturday at Sioux Falls Arena.
The Cubs began the fourth quarter trailing by five points. They also trailed by seven multiple times in the quarter.
“We told the kids that we had to continue to play hard,” Chamberlain head coach Allan Bertram said. “We just had to gut it out and play hard.”
Chamberlain (21-5) possessed the opening tip in the extra frame, and Colton Anderson knocked down one of two free throws to give the Cubs a 64-63 advantage early in overtime.
Winner’s Kyle Mathis thought he had an opportunity to put the Warriors back on top, but Chamberlain’s Tyson Langdeau stripped the ball and Dalton Andera hit one of two free throws to put the Cubs up two.
Winner (19-7) re-tied the game when Ben Connot made both of his free-throw attempts after being fouled by Skyler Bertram.
Bertram’s foul was his fifth and made him the second Cubs player to foul out. Gage Basting fouled out with over four minutes left in regulation.
“There were two of our starters gone,” Bertram said. “We had some kids step up big off the bench.”
Bertram thought Davis Carson stepped up big for the Cubs after the two starters were out. Carson recorded a steal that gave Chamberlain momentum in the overtime.
The teams were knotted in overtime twice, at 65 and 67, but after Traxton Priebe knocked down two free throws to go up 69-67, the Cubs never looked back.
Winner ended the tournament with consecutive overtime losses.
The Warriors were knocked into the seventh-place matchup after a double overtime loss to Tri-Valley, 76-69.
Earlier in the game, it looked like Winner was in control after a big third quarter.
Winner trailed 27-25 at the half but outscored the Cubs 23-16 in the third quarter to pull ahead.
The Warriors scored the final seven points of the third to head into the final frame leading 48-43. They connected on a basket early in the fourth to lead 50-43.
Langdeau hit a couple of 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to keep the Cubs in the game and finished with a team-high 17 points.
Chamberlain took the lead heading into the final minute of play, and in a one-point game, Winner’s leading scorer Mathis was sent to the line for two shots.
He hit the first but his second attempt missed, only his second miss in 10 attempts. The shot could have given the Warriors the lead, but instead the game was knotted at 63, where it stayed for the rest of regulation.
Mathis finished the game with 21 points, tying a game-high with teammate Connot. Donovan Brother of All was Winner’s only other scorer in double figures with 10.
The Warriors shot 22-of-53 from the field for 42 percent and hit 20-of-32 free throws.
They brought down 29 rebounds and had 13 turnovers.
Chamberlain had five players reach double figures. Besides Langdeau, Bertram and Anderson each scored 14. Basting netted 13 points and Priebe had 12.