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Canistota falls to top ranked White River 62-50 in classic finale

Canistota's Alex Robertson, right brings the ball up court during the final game of the Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. White River's Nic Waln, left, is defending. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)


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Canistota's Alex Robertson and White River's Wyatt Krogman are pretty familiar with each other.

The two senior guards have gone head-to-head on the basketball court during high school basketball seasons and in practice in past years as members of the South Dakota Heat.

The pair got even more acquainted Saturday night in the final game of the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell.

Each guard led his team in scoring and assists but at night's end, it was Krogman, who had the upper hand as No. 1 White River defeated No. 2 Canistota 62-50.

"We kind of know what each other likes to do," Robertson said. "He is a really good player, knows how to handle the ball and has good court vision."

Robertson finished the night with 18 points and four assists, while Krogman scored 22 points and four assists.

Cody Bunger was the only other Canistota player to score in double figures.

The senior finished with 17 points for the Hawks, who shot 22-of-51 from the field and had a difficult time getting into the swing of their offense.

"I thought we learned a lot about ourselves and our offensive execution," Canistota coach Pat Jolley said. "I will give White River credit. I thought their defense was very good."

The White River defense only allowed the Hawks to take five 3-pointers the entire game and held the Hawks to 50 points, a feat only one other team has done this year.

"I think we needed to get that loss out of the way because we have been playing teams that are so-so, and this loss really opened our eyes to what we need to work on in practice," Robertson said.

While Canistota's offense was struggling White River's flourished.

The Tigers shot 51 percent from the field and used an up-tempo approach to attack the Hawks' defense.

Almost every time Canistota missed a shot, the Tigers were off and running.

"We want to run. We want to see how the other team can get up and down," White River coach Eldon Marshall said. "I don't think we got any transition buckets out of it, but we made them get back and run the floor."

In the second quarter, White River had its most success pushing the ball up the court. In that quarter, the Tigers outscored Canistota 16-8 and were able to give themselves a 10-point cushion.

"We played them fairly even, then they made that little run on us," Jolley said. "When they get that lead on you, they become pretty patient and are capable of burning a minute off every possession."

Canistota is now 10-1 and plays Chester Area Tuesday in Chester.

Warner 68, Kimball/White Lake 65

Jared Tuszka scored a game-high 26 points and helped lead the Warner boys' basketball team to a 68-65 win over Kimball/White Lake Saturday at the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell.

The Monarch's had two other players score in double figures in Clay Rozell with 16 points and Derrek Tuszka with 12. Jared and Derrek both recorded double-doubles in the game, adding 11 and 15 rebounds, respectively.

Warner shot 57 percent from the field, 57 percent from the free-throw line and committed 23 turnovers.

The WiLdKats were led by Jesse Taylor with 22 points. Jacob Kirsch scored 14 points and brought down seven rebounds, while Kyle Peters had 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

The WiLdKats shot 40 percent from the field, 50 percent from the foul line and turned the ball over 13 times.

Warner (7-1) hosts Hitchcock-Tulare Tuesday, while Kimball/White Lake (6-3) plays Sunshine Bible Academy in Miller.

W 15 34 51 68

KWL 14 30 45 65

Sioux Valley 42, Vermillion 40

Vermillion had a look at a last second shot, but with a miss, it was Sioux Valley that came out victorious 42-40 Saturday during the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell.

Sioux Valley was led by Spencer Hanson with 13 points. Tayton Vincent had a team-best eight rebounds. Sioux Valley shot 40 percent from the field and 63 percent from the foul line.

Vermillion's J.T. Sorensen led all players with 15 points and brought down a team-high eight rebounds. Vermillion shot 31 percent from the field and 77 percent from the line.

Sioux Valley (9-4) plays De Smet Tuesday at Volga, while Vermillion (8-3) hosts West Central Tuesday.

SV 14 24 31 42

V 7 23 31 40

Dell Rapids 72, Aberdeen Roncalli 65

Cole Langer had 20 points and 11 rebound for a double-double to lead Dell Rapids over Aberdeen Roncalli 72-65 Saturday during the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell.

Bryce Koch scored 19 points and Ty Hoglund had 14 for Dell Rapids, which shot 50 percent from the field and 70 percent from the foul line.

Roncalli's Zach Schaefbauer scored a team-high 13 points, Kory Schwan had 12, Kendal Deutsch recorded 11 and Lucas Lorenz added 10 in the loss. The team shot 33 percent from the field and 83 percent from the line.

Dell Rapids (7-5) hosts Vermillion Thursday, while Roncalli (8-3) hosts Sisseton Friday.

DR 12 34 50 72

AR 8 25 35 65

St. Thomas More 53, Deuel 28

St. Thomas More had three players in double scoring figures as it went on to beat Deuel 53-28 Saturday during the Hanson Boys Corn Palace Classic in Mitchell.

Jeron Laurenti had 20 points, Aidan Goetzinger scored 14 and Jacob Henderson added 13 points for STM, which shot 49 percent from the field and 67 percent from the line.

Deuel was led by Lincoln Swenson with 10 points. The team shot 27 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the line.

STM (10-1) plays at Spearfish Tuesday, while Deuel (9-2) hosts Elkton-Lake Benton Tuesday in Clear Lake.

STM 14 31 37 53

D 15 15 24 28