Trojans host unbeaten Sisseton in Parkston boys classic todayPARKSTON — The Parkston boys’ basketball classic doesn’t have a huge matchup of two highly ranked teams in the state polls.
By: Aaron Saunders, The Daily Republic
PARKSTON — The Parkston boys’ basketball classic doesn’t have a huge matchup of two highly ranked teams in the state polls.
But Craig Bruening, the Parkston boys’ coach, says there are some good teams that will take the court today.
“We have some good quality teams,” Bruening said. “We don’t have as many ranked teams as we have had in the past, but we have some teams who could end up ranked.”
Bruening and his Trojans (3-1) take on undefeated Sisseton (4-0) in Class A action 7 p.m. today. All games are being played at the high school gymnasium.
“This will be a tough matchup for us, but it will be a good test,” Bruening said. “They are huge. They have four players over 6-foot-5 and our tallest player is 6-foot-4.”
One of the premiere games of the tournament is another Class A matchup between fourth-ranked Aberdeen Roncalli and non-ranked Mount Vernon/Plankinton.
Roncalli is 4-1 after losing a game to undefeated St. Thomas More. The Titans are 2-1 and riding a two-game win streak after dropping their season opener to Kimball/White Lake.
“We are excited about the game,” MVP head coach Eric Denning said. “We like to play good opponents and see where we match up against some of the better teams in the state.”
Denning is familiar with Roncalli because his team squared off with the Cavaliers last season.
“We are fairly familiar with their personnel,” said Denning, who coached Mount Vernon previously and now coaches the first year Mount Vernon/Plankinton co-op. “I think the biggest thing for us is going to be how well we communicate defensively. They run a lot of different sets so we have to stay on our toes.”
The Class A portion of the classic is not the only side with tough games. The Class B side features a matchup of the undefeated teams Warner (4-0) and James Valley Christian (2-0). The Monarchs have beat each of their opponents by at least 20 points, while JVC defeated its two opponents with a 32-point average margin of victory.
The only other Class B game in which both teams have winning records is between Corsica/Stickney (3-1) and Wolsey Wessington (4-0).
“The JVC-Warner game is probably the premiere game in Class B,” Bruening said. “They are two undefeated teams and they are both pretty good.”
The Classic kicks off today at 10 a.m. in Parkston. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students.
Parkston boys’ classic:
10 a.m.: Corsica/Stickney vs. Wolsey Wessington
11:30 a.m.: Sully Buttes vs. Wessington Springs
1 p.m.: McCook Central/Montrose vs. Miller
2:30 p.m.: Viborg/Hurley vs. Ethan
4 p.m.: Wagner vs. Garretson
5:30 p.m.: Warner vs. James Valley Christian
7 p.m.: Parkston vs. Sisseton
8:30 p.m.: Aberdeen Roncalli vs. Mount Vernon/Plankinton