Yankton spoils Kernels' night
With Mike Miller in the Corn Palace and legendary coach Gary Munsen's name dedicated on the court, it seemed like it was the Mitchell boys basketball team's night, too.
The Yankton Bucks had other plans.
Mitchell couldn't overtake ninth-grade standout Matthew Mors and the rival Bucks Friday night, who pulled away 49-40 in the Mike Miller Classic.
The Kernels (0-6, 0-4 ESD) will play White Station, of Memphis, Tenn. at 2 p.m. today for third place in the Coach Gary Munsen tournament at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
Mors powered Yankton with 26 points and eight rebounds, shooting 10 for 14 from the field. On the other end of the floor, Mitchell couldn't bunch together the key baskets at the right times to pick up the team's first win of the season.
"We played hard but there just weren't enough plays made by our guys," Mitchell coach Todd Neuendorf said. "Mors hit some shots and there were a few of those that you just have to tip your hat on."
Mors had the first seven points for Yankton and the Kernels trailed 12-6 after the first quarter but found a burst to start the second frame. Kaden Soukup hit a 3-pointer, followed by a bucket and a triple from Carter Cavanaugh to put Mitchell ahead 14-12.
But the 6-foot-7 freshman followed with the next seven points for the Bucks and Mitchell was never able to enjoy a lead again in the game.
"He had a few of those putbacks," Neuendorf said. "It was one of those games where we were really missing a big and someone who was tall and could help us out down low."
With Yankton up 22-19 at the halftime break, Mitchell pulled to within one point on a Vincent Michael score early in the third quarter and had the Yankton advantage down to three points late in the third. There, Jack Wolfgram hit a key 3-pointer to stretch the Bucks' edge to 38-32.
Derek Factor had 12 points to lead Mitchell off the bench and added five rebounds. Carter Cavanaugh had 11 points and Soukup had seven for the Kernels, who were 16-for-41 shooting for 39 percent and hit 5 of 20 3-pointers.
Yankton, which will play DeLaSalle (Minnesota) at 8 p.m. today for the Munsen tournament title, had nine points from Wolfgram and seven from Rex Ryken, overcoming a 6 for 25 shooting night from 3-point territory.
On the night when the old state championship trophies were brought on the floor and Mitchell legends from the last four decades were on hand, Neuendorf said not much had to be said to his team about the Kernel lore.
"It's a privilege to be a Mitchell Kernel and it's a privilege to play on that Corn Palace floor," he said. "We want to go out and perform for all of those fans. We're climbing that mountain right now."
NOTES: The court at the Corn Palace is not the only item now adorned with Munsen's name. Mitchell wore the team's 1970s era white and gold throwback uniforms, which now include the phrase "Muns" on the left chest. Mitchell Activities Director Cory Aadland said the emblem is based off Munsen's signature and the Kernels will wear the corresponding gold and black uniforms today in Sioux Falls, which also have Munsen's name on them. ... Mitchell now moves to 3-12 all-time in the Mike Miller Classic. ... Unlike the rest of the classic games, Mitchell and Yankton played four, eight-minute quarters and the contest counted in the Eastern South Dakota Conference standings.
JV: Yankton won 55-40.
Sophomores: Mitchell won 41-32, with Kaden Hinker scoring 15 points for the Kernels.
Freshman A: Mitchell won 40-30
Freshman B: Mitchell won 37-27
Yankton 49, Mitchell 40
Yankton (3-1, 3-1 ESD): Jack Wolfgram 3-7 0-0 9 Rex Ryken 2-9 3-4 7 Casey Krejci 1-2 1-2 3 Cameron Krejci 0-2 0-0 0 Matthew Mors 10-14 3-5 26 Ben Jurrens 2-4 0-2 4 Miles Carda 0-0 0-0 0 Cooper Cornemann 0-4 0-0 0 Owen Feser 0-0 0-0 0 Cole Sawatzke 0-3 0-0 0 Totals 18-45 7-13 49
Mitchell (0-6, 0-4 ESD): Kiel Nelson 1-4 0-0 2 Jordon Johnson 0-1 0-0 0 Carter Cavanaugh 4-14 1-2 11 Baley Miller 1-3 0-0 2 Vincent Michael 3-5 0-0 6 Kaden Soukup 2-2 1-2 7 Derek Factor 5-12 1-1 12 Tate Larson 0-0 0-0 0 Carter Jacobsen 0-0 0-0 0 Totals 16-41 3-5 40
Y 12 22 38 49
M 6 19 32 40
3-point goals: Y 6-25 (Mors 3, Wolfgram 3); M 5-20 (Cavanaugh 2, Soukup 2, Factor); Rebounds: Y 28 (Mors 8), M 24 (Michael 5, Factor 5); Total fouls: Y 7, M 15. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: Y: (Bench, 5:43, 4th). Assists: Y 11 (Cameron Krejci 5); M 7 (Michael 4); Turnovers: Y 5, M 9.