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Kernel boys fall to Brandon Valley

Mitchell’s Kanin Nelson, left, fights for room in the post with Brandon Valley’s Jacob Adams, right, during an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys’ basketball game Monday in Brandon. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

BRANDON — Heading into the fourth quarter, the Mitchell Kernels were right where they wanted to be, according to junior guard Beau Brown.

The Mitchell boys’ basketball team trailed 43-38 with six minutes to go in the game, but the Kernels were unable to halt an 8-0 run by the Brandon Valley Lynx. Brandon Valley’s Jacob Adams took control of the game and led the Lynx over the Kernels 57-44 Tuesday in Eastern South Dakota Conference action.

Adams, a 6-foot-2 forward, began to assert himself in the post, leading the Lynx on an 8-0 run, which dashed the Kernels hopes of earning a conference road victory. Adams scored four points during the run and finished the night with 19 points and nine rebounds. He was the only Lynx player to score in double figures. Brandon Valley’s second highest scorer was senior forward Derek Johnson, who had nine points.

Both Adams’ and Johnson’s effectiveness in the post gave the Kernels (1-8, 1-4 ESD) fits all night as they were outrebounded 44-30.

“I thought we played well against a good conference team,” Brandon Valley boys’ basketball coach Brent Deckert said. “We haven’t been playing well recently, so to get this win means a lot for our confidence. We tried to go to the post at the end and we were pretty successful with it.”

Mitchell got off to a slumping start, scoring just two first-quarter points. Brandon Valley (2-3, 2-2 ESD) looked to be in total control in the opening quarter, forcing Mitchell to commit turnovers, which led to easy layups.

Brandon Valley kept the momentum going in the second with a 6-2 run, which gave the Lynx a 19-4 lead. But the Kernels stayed composed and began to climb back in the game.

Aided by a 10-1 run, Mitchell cut the Brandon Valley lead to 20-14, but the Lynx answered and stretched their lead back to 10 with a few seconds before halftime. However, Mitchell sophomore Kanin Nelson knocked down a 3-pointer to bring the Kernels within 29-22 at the half.

“To come back and outscore them 20-16 in the second quarter after having a two points in the first quarter means our guys proved they have a short memory,” Mitchell head coach Erik Skoglund said. “We did have a little momentum because we stopped thinking about the past plays and started thinking about the present, but in the end, Adams just got us in the low post.”

The Kernels battled to within one in the third with the help of Brown, who scored the first five points of the quarter. Brown finished with 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting and Neil Schlimgen followed with eight points for Mitchell, which was 4-of-24 from the line.

The Kernels finished 18-of-54 from the field after going 9-of-28 in the first half.

“As the only returning starter, I tried to step up tonight,” said Brown, who scored 11 of the Kernels’ first 14 points. “I am proud of our guys for putting a lot of trust in me and I give a lot of credit to them and the coaches.”

The Kernels are back in action Jan. 16, when they host conference opponent Huron at 8 p.m. at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

Mitchell 44

Brandon Valley 57

MHS (1-8, 1-4 ESD)

Jaron Weich 1-5 0-0 2; Derek Miller 0-4 0-0 0; Beau Brown 10-21 3-4 24; Neil Schlimgen 3-9 1-2 8; Kanin Nelson 2-9 0-0 5; Tyler Houwman 0-0 0-0 0; Connor Morgan 0-0 0-0 0; Carter Brewster 0-0 0-0 0; Ethan Jones 2-3 0-0 5; Jon Jamison 0-0 0-0 0.

BV (2-3, 2-2)

Nic Peterson 1-10 0-0 2; Devan West 1-4 4-4 6; Ryan Immeker 2-3 0-0 4; Jacob Adams 8-13 3-5 19; Derek Johnson 4-6 0-0 9; Ryan Sjoberg 0-0 0-0 0; Dominic Nealy 1-3 1-1 3; Drew Reinschmidt 1-2 3-4 6; Austin Trevino 0-2 1-2 1; Ryan Larson 0-0 0-0 0; Tyler Erck 0-0 0-0 0; Kevin Peterson 3-6 0-1 6; Peter Choudek 0-3 1-2 1; Reid Grode 0-0 0-0 0.

M 2 22 34 44

BV 13 29 40 57

3-point goals: M 4-24 (Brown, Schlimgen, Nelson, Jones), BV 2-11 (Johnson, Reinschmidt); Rebounds: M 30 (Miller 7), BV 44 (Adams 9); Assists: M 3 (Miller, Schlimgen, Nelson), BV 6 (Reinschmidt 3); Steals: M 6 (Brown 2), BV 2 (Adams, Nealy); Turnovers: M 14, BV 10; Team fouls: M 16, BV 11; Technical fouls: None.


JV: Mitchell won 53-43.

Sophomores: Brandon Valley won 73-34.

Freshmen: Brandon Valley won 82-49.