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Second half dooms Mitchell Christian

Mitchell Christian's Ty Vander Pol, left, goes to the basket as Prairie Seeds Academy's Isiah Jones, right, tries to defend him during a prep boys basketball game at the Mike Miller Classic on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

In the span a few minutes, the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team saw an 12-point lead flipped to a five-point deficit.

Prairie Seeds Academy's Emmanuel Jones threw down a fastbreak dunk to put an exclamation mark on a 19-2 run by the Lycans, who outscored the Golden Eagles 42-27 in the second half for a 64-55 win in the first game of the second day of the eighth annual Mike Miller Classic on Friday at the Corn Palace.

After holding PSA to 22 points in the first half, MCS opened the second half on a 6-0, highlighted by a Ty Vander Pol three-point play. The Golden Eagles (2-2) extended their 28-22 halftime lead to 12 points at 34-22, but would be held to just two free throws for the next six minutes.

"During that stretch, we got sped up a little bit and we had 14 turnovers in the second half," MCS head coach Jesse Tolsma said. "That came back to bite us. We knew we had to take care of the ball."

Jones was the catalyst of the Lycans' second half furry as the 6-foot-2 senior poured in a game-high 32 points and added four steals. It was the second back-to-back 30-point game for Jones, who finished with 35 points against Lower Brule on Thursday.

"He's a special kid," PSA head coach Quincy Caldwell said about Jones, who celebrated his birthday on Friday. "He can shoot the ball, handle the ball and jumps out of the gym. He's learning still, the sky's the limit for that kid."

Alongside Jones, Peter Anderson added 12 points, while AiMonti Booth chipped in eight points, six steals and four assists. PSA pushed its second-half lead to 12 points and never let the contest get back to a one-possession game.

"We're a pressure team and the first half was a little sluggish," Caldwell said. "We just started flying all over the place. We sat down and let the steals come to us."

Vander Pol had a strong game for MCS, recording 18 points and 16 rebounds for a double-double. Alec Nelson chipped in 15 points and Riley O'Neill added 14 points. Tolsma praised his team's defensive effort in the first half and added the Golden Eagles will continue to find ways to improve.

"We competed really well," Tolsma said. "We know we'll continue face plenty of talented teams in Class B and we know we have to be able to handle pressure. There's a lot we can learn from this game."

MCS hosts Canistota on Tuesday in Mitchell.

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