Cyclones surge past SCW in Round of 16
HURON—One year competing in Class B boys basketball, one state tournament berth for Clark/Willow Lake.
The fifth-seeded Cyclones surged past 12th-seeded Sanborn Central/Woonsocket—outscoring the Blackhawks 35-21 in the second half—to earn a 54-37 Round of 16 playoff game on Thursday at the Huron Arena in Huron. CWL dropped down from Class A to Class B for the first time this season and will enter the state tournament with a 18-5 record.
CWL's Jacob Prouty poured in a game-high 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds to power the Cyclones, while Micah Burke added 11 points and Bradyn Rusher tossed in 10 points.
"They hit a few shots on us and our defense broke down a few times," SCW head coach Rod Weber said about the second half. "They are a good basketball team, very athletic and well-coached. We didn't play to our best, but we played with a lot of heart."
SCW (17-6) opened the contest on a 6-0 run, but the Cyclones quickly answered with their own 10-0 run to take a 10-6 lead before the first quarter ended tied up at 10. Defense reigned supreme in the second quarter as both teams grinded away to a 19-16 halftime lead for CWL.
That's when the Cyclones took over. After the intermission, CWL started the third quarter on a 5-0 run and built a nine-point lead 32-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Cyclones continued to build up their lead, as a field goal and a free throw for Burke with 2 minutes and 33 seconds put the Cyclones up 46-32. SCW would fail to pull within single digits from there.
CWL head coach Jerome Nesheim said his team ramped up the defense in the second half and focused on slowing down two of SCW's offensive playmakers—Noah Dickson and Trent Kingsbury.
"We put Ntai Stevens on Noah Dickson and made it a little harder on him to get open.
That really helped and then Grayson Florey really handled Trent Kingsbury from creating anything," Nesheim said. "If you eliminate those two pieces, they're going to struggle to score."
For the Blackhawks, Trey Weber led with 12 points, while Kingsbury had 10 points and five rebounds.
SCW 10 16 23 37
CWL 10 19 32 54
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (17-6): Noah Dickson 6, Trey Weber 12, Trent Kingsbury 10, Jared Goldammer 2, Tater Moody 7.
Clark/Willow Lake (18-5): Grayson Florey 2, Ntai Stevens 5, Bradyn Rusher 10, Jacob Prouty 19, Micah Burke 11, Sho Sunagawa 4, Stone Burke 3.