Chamberlain avenges season's lossesThe Chamberlain boys' basketball team entered the postseason with a 17-3 record.
The Chamberlain boys' basketball team entered the postseason with a 17-3 record.
How sweet it was that the Cubs finished seventh place at the Class A state tournament in Sioux Falls by getting revenge for the third time.
Chamberlain’s three regular season losses came to Winner (70-57), Cheyenne-Eagle Butte (61-56) and Miller (68-54).
The Cubs managed to take down all three opponents in postseason play this year.
First, the team had a thrilling 50-48 win over Miller in the District 12A championship game.
The Cubs then took down Cheyenne-Eagle Butte by a score of 62-52 in the Region 6A championship for a berth to the Class A state tournament.
The Cubs weren’t done. On Saturday, after two tough losses in the state tournament, Chamberlain buckled down and defeated Winner in overtime by a score of 74-70.
“We were able to avenge all three of our regular-season losses,” Cubs head coach Allan Bertram said. “That’s huge. It says that we’ve gotten better.”
The state-tournament win also ended a nine-game skid in the state tournament for Chamberlain, and an 18-game losing streak for Region 6A at the state tournament.
“We were really proud of how we bounced back,” Bertram said. “You never know how the kids are going to bounce back that third day.”
The Cubs may have suffered two losses at the state tournament, but the coaching staff was happy to see the team end on a win and finish getting revenge for its regular season losses.