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Kernel boys fall in OT nailbiter

Mitchell's Vincent Michael puts up a shot over the defense of Brookings' Drew Cole during the third quarter of the Kernels' 51-46 Eastern South Dakota Conference overtime loss Tuesday at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings. (Troy Maroney / Brookings Register)

BROOKINGS — It was as close as the Mitchell boys basketball team has been to a win in 21 months.

But the wait for the Kernels will continue after Brookings rallied to knock off Mitchell 51-46 in overtime Tuesday at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings. Mitchell has now lost 27 games in a row, dating back to the 2016 District 3AA playoffs, when the Kernels beat Huron 57-48.

Brookings took control in the first 16 minutes to lead 29-19 at the break, but the second half was all Mitchell as the Kernels rallied to lead 44-42 before the Bobcats scored late to send the game to overtime.

In OT, the Bobcats scored first and kept the momentum to pull out a 51-46 win.

"Part of our issue is that we have to learn how to finish basketball games," said Mitchell head coach Todd Neuendorf. "Down the stretch, we weren't finishing the basketball game, we were maybe taking some shots that we shouldn't have — we had to get stuff going to the rim; instead, we were relying on mid-range jumpers."

The Kernels led 7-2 following Carter Cavanaugh's 3-pointer with 3:28 to play in the first quarter before Brookings went on a 12-0 run to lead 12-7 at the first break. The Bobcats built their lead to as many as 14 points, 26-12, in the second frame, but Kiel Nelson's late trey pulled Mitchell within 29-19 at halftime.

Another 3 by Cavanaugh to open the third quarter pulled the Kernels within single digits, and they crept within four points on two occasions — the second on Derek Factor's basket in the lane with 2 seconds to play to make it 40-36 Brookings after three.

The 'Cats managed just four points in the final frame as Cavanaugh tied the game at 42-42 with a pair of free throws before his basket in the paint gave the Kernels a 44-42 lead with 2:13 left.

Trevor Woodall drove to the hoop and scored in traffic to tie the game at 44-44 to force extra time.

"Our defense was really solid and we took four charges," Neuendorf said. "We played so darn hard and we gave ourselves a chance. It was evident we weren't in that position before and now the challenge is to play at that level from the start."

Josh Sell knocked down a 10-footer in the lane on the 'Cats second possession of OT and made it 46-44, and the senior then converted 1-of-2 free throws to push the margin to 47-44.

Derek Factor went the length of the court after a steal to pull the Kernels within a point at 47-46 with 2:11 on the clock, but Riley Schafer scored on a drive into the lane to give Brookings a 49-46 advantage.

After a missed 3-point attempt and later the front end of a bonus free throw, Mitchell had to foul and Drew Cole drained both free throws with 22 seconds left for the final margin.

Cole led a balanced Bobcat attack with 14 points as Sell finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Woodall added 11 points and Schafer chipped in with 10 as Brookings improved to 2-2 overall and 2-2 in the ESD.

Cavanaugh's 23 points led the Kernels, who dropped to 0-4 and 0-2 in the conference. Baley Miller pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

Mitchell plays host to Watertown at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Corn Palace for the Kernels' home opener, while Brookings entertains Brandon Valley on Friday, Jan. 5.

Subvarsity:

JV: Brookings won 38-35. Hunter Stahle scored 13 points for the Kernels.

Sophomores: Mitchell won 45-34

Freshmen A: Brookings won 48-43

Freshmen B: Mitchell won 39-35

Brookings 51, Mitchell 46 (OT)

Mitchell (0-4, 0-2 ESD): Kiel Nelson 2-8 0-0 5, Vincent Michael 2-8 0-0 5, Jordon Johnson 1-8 0-0 3, Carter Cavanaugh 8-20 5-6 23, Baley Miller 1-3 1-1 3, Kaden Soukup 0-1 0-0 0, Derek Factor 2-6 3-8 7, Tate Larson 0-1 0-1 0. Totals 16-55 9-16 46.

Brookings (2-2, 2-2 ESD): Seth Swedlund 0-1 1-3 1, Drew Cole 5-13 3-3 14, Riley Schafer 4-9 1-2 10, Trevor Woodall 5-7 0-2 11, Josh Sell 5-11 2-5 13, Trent Broksieck 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Engen 1-2 0-0 2, Eric Sell 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan McMacken 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-43 7-15 51.

M 7 19 36 44 46

B 14 29 40 44 51

3-point goals — M 5-28 (Nelson 1-4, Michael 1-2, Johnson 1-7, Cavanaugh 2-9, Miller 0-1, Soukup 0-1, Factor 0-4); B 4-13 (Cole 1-3, Schafer 1-4, Woodall 1-3, J. Sell 1-2, Engen 0-1). Rebounds — M 36 (Miller 12); B 37 (J. Sell 9, Woodall 8, Cole 7). Assists — M 6 (Nelson 2); B 5 (Schafer 2, J. Sell 2). Steals — M 7 (Cavanaugh 2, Factor 2); B 2 (Swedlund, Woodall). Blocks — M 2 (Miller 2); B 2 (Cole, Woodall). Turnovers — M 9; B 14. Total fouls — M 19; B 17. Fouled out — Johnson, J. Sell.

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