DeLaSalle cruises by White River 83-61Points in the paint were plentiful for DeLaSalle in its final game in the Mike Miller Classic Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
By: Aaron Saunders, The Daily Republic
The Islanders seemed to get to the basket at will and made 34 two-point field goals and shot 61 percent from the field en route to defeating White River 83-61.
“We try to play inside out in our motion offense but we got inside a little bit more because that was more effective,” DeLaSalle head coach Dave Thorson said.
DeLaSalle only shot five 3-pointers the entire game. The Islanders’ efforts on the inside were led by junior power forward Reid Travis, who finished with 35 points on 15-of-20 from the field.
Travis bested his previous classic high of 34, a mark he hit Friday when DeLaSalle defeated Our Savior New American, of Centereach, N.Y. Luke Scott was the only other Islander to reach double figures with 13 points.
White River came out in the first half and pushed the tempo, scoring quick buckets before DeLaSalle’s defense could get set.
Behind Wyatt Krogman’s 15-point performance in the first half, the Tigers kept the deficit to nine points, trailing the Islanders 37-28 at the midway point.
“White River did a great job,” Thorson said. “They were able to score in transition by pushing the tempo. We expected they were going to try to push the tempo a little bit and because it was different from (our first game on Friday night), I am not sure we handled it real well at the start of the game.”
DeLaSalle quickly pushed its lead to 20-points with a 13-2 run to start the second half.
Despite having four players score in double figures White River who shot 38 percent from the field could not muster enough points to come back and defeat the Islanders.
Krogman finished with a team-high 19 points. Joe Cameron had 12, Tre Iyotte went 3-3 behind the arc tallying 11 and Nic Waln chipped in with 10.
Despite having four players score in double figures, the Tigers, who shot 38 percent from the field, could not muster enough points to come back and defeat the Islanders.