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Corsica/Stickney beats Canistota in Parkston Classic opener

Canistota sophomore Mason Decker, left, and Corsica/Stickney senior Matthew Teel go up for the rebound during the first game of the Parkston ClassicMonday in Parkston. Corsica/Stickney won the game 61-44. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)


The Daily Republic

PARKSTON — Senior forward Darren Fallis put up a 20-point performance to lead the Corsi-ca/Stickney boys’ basketball team to a 61-44 win over Canistota Monday in the opening game of the Parkston Classic.

“He’s a fun player and a great offensive player,” said Jaguar coach Mike Tuschen of Fallis. “He’s one of those players who creates tough challenges because he can go inside and outside.”

Corsica/Stickney jumped to a 10-2 lead to open the contest and finished the first quarter strong to go ahead 18-7.

A three-point basket by junior forward Walker Baan Hofman and a basket by Fallis gave the Jaguars a 23-7 lead with 6:28 until halftime, but the Hawks got back into the contest with a 14-2 run and pulled within four with 53 seconds left in the half.

“That’s one of our nemesis is to keep that intensity level,” said Tuschen of letting Canistota back into the game.

The Jaguars answered with a three-point shot from Fallis and a basket from junior guard Austin Tilton to grab a 30-21 halftime advantage.

“I was really proud of the kids on how we came back and cut the lead to 25-21,” said Canistota coach Pay Jolley of his team’s first half comeback. “But we had two big turnovers and they scored five points in 30 seconds to go up by nine at halftime.”

The Hawks missed some short shots to open the second half and the Jaguars took advantage with a 10-3 run, taking a 40-24 lead.

Corsica/Stickney took control of the game, holding Canistota to just three third-quarter baskets.

Sophomore guard Eli Van Roekel added 11 points for the Jaguars (2-2), who outrebounded the Hawks 28-26 and committed nine turnovers.

“We improved on some things today and I’m very happy and proud of the kids for that,” Tuschen said.

Corsica/Stickney was 24-of-49 for 49 percent from the floor and 6-of-9 for 67 percent from the free-throw line.

“C/S shot the ball very well to start the game and we struggled a little bit and got ourselves down,” said Jolley. “They did a nice job in their half-court offense. We have a lot of work to do in that part of or game.”

Sophomore guard Shay Jolley scored 12 points for the Hawks, followed by sophomore forward Jerad Nielson with 11 points. Canistota (2-2) was 16-of-40 for 40 percent from the field and 9-of-14 for 64 percent from the line.

Next, Corsica/Stickney faces Wessington Springs Friday in Corsica and Canistota plays Bridge-water/Emery Friday in Bridgewater.

CS 18 30 48 61

C 7 21 30 44