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Cougar boys top Huskies 55-37 at DWU Classic

Burke/South Central's Owen Andrews, right, battles with Bridgewater-Emery's Wade Miller, left, for a rebound during the first game of the DWU Culver's Boys' Basketball Classic Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Aaron Saunders/Republic)

By Owen Reitzel

Burke/South Central held Bridgewater-Emery to 20 percent first-half shooting and went on to claim a 55-37 win at the Culver's/Dakota Wesleyan Classic Saturday at the Corn Palace.

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The Cougar defense held the Huskies to just six field goals on 29 shots in the opening half which pleased B/SC coach Clayton Steele.

"I was pleased with our defense," Steele said. "We say that it starts on defense and if we don't play good defense it makes for a long night."

The Cougars opened the game quickly with a 7-2 spurt on the strength of two 3-point plays and went on to take a 12-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The B-E offense struggled to open the second quarter, going scoreless over the first four minutes. B/SC took advantage scoring five points and a 17-6 lead. The Cougars went into intermission with a 19-12 lead.

"We just couldn't get going early," Huskie coach Scott Schultz said. "We had some good shots in our offense but we just couldn't get them to go. But at the same time they rebounded well and kept us to one shot."

A free throw and two baskets from Dell Drey bumped the Cougar lead to 26-12 to open the third quarter and the Huskies failed get closer than nine points the rest of the game.

Drey led B/SC with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Steele said that he has been a steady player all year.

"He's really worked on his game and he's a smart kid and does a lot of things right," Steele said.

The Cougars (10-8) jumped to a 48-29 fourth-quarter lead. B/SC was also led by Sam Hazen with 13 points and 14 rebounds and Tyson Vogt with four assists.

The Cougars were 23-of-51 from the field for 45 percent and 7-of-13 for 54 percent from the free-throw line. B/SC outrebounded B-E 39-31 and committed seven turnovers.

Jerret Weber led the Huskies (6-10) with 22 points and eight rebounds.

B-E was 16-of-57 for 28 percent from the floor and 2-of-4 for 50 percent from the free-throw line. The Huskies turned the ball over five times.

B-E will take on Centerville in Emery today and B/SC will travel to Colome Tuesday.

B/SC 12 21 38 55

B-E 6 12 29 37