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It was a stunning end to the 2012 Mike Miller Classic Saturday when Pierre matched up with Our Savior New American, a team from Centereach, N.Y. In a nail-biting, overtime-thriller, Our Savior defeated Pierre 84-80 in a game that was likely the most entertaining of the three-day classic. "It was a lot of fun to play a team like that who has a lot of good basketball players and it's great experience for us," Pierre head coach Terry Becker said after the game near his team's locker room in the Corn Palace in Mitchell.
The Islanders seemed to get to the basket at will and made 34 two-point field goals and shot 61 percent from the field en route to defeating White River 83-61. "We try to play inside out in our motion offense but we got inside a little bit more because that was more effective," DeLaSalle head coach Dave Thorson said. DeLaSalle only shot five 3-pointers the entire game. The Islanders' efforts on the inside were led by junior power forward Reid Travis, who finished with 35 points on 15-of-20 from the field.
There was a sea of green in the crowd during the final game of the Mike Miller Classic Saturday at the Corn Place. Representing Pierre High School, a large group of fans in the stands were wearing T-shirts labeled "Conrad's Clan." The group is a nonprofit organization named after Pierre junior Conrad Adam, who is battling cancer and listed as a member of the Governors boys' basketball team. The mission is to support Adam and raise as much money to help his fight.
There was no panic in Sioux Falls Lincoln head coach Jim Halseth's team Friday. Despite giving up a 12-point lead and falling behind for one possession, the Patriots bounced back and went on to defeat Coronado 75-64 Friday in the only game the team will play in the Third Annual Mike Miller Classic at Mitchell's Corn Palace. "It was fun to watch them bounce back when we let the other team back in the game," said Halseth, whose team was up by as many as12 points in the first half.
PARKSTON -- The Parkston boys' basketball classic doesn't have a huge matchup of two highly ranked teams in the state polls. But Craig Bruening, the Parkston boys' coach, says there are some good teams that will take the court today. "We have some good quality teams," Bruening said. "We don't have as many ranked teams as we have had in the past, but we have some teams who could end up ranked." Bruening and his Trojans (3-1) take on undefeated Sisseton (4-0) in Class A action 7 p.m. today. All games are being played at the high school gymnasium.
PARKSTON -- Parkston guard/forward Erica Herrold was playing with a cold, but that did not cool her down on the court. The 6-foot senior scored 15 points and grabbed an amazing 24 rebounds to record a double-double. "I just want to thank my teammates for my performance because they are really who help me do what I do on the court," Herrold said.
The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team is trying to mix business with pleasure while on the West Coast. The Tigers ventured to San Diego to play two games and enjoy a little fun in the sun this weekend. "We want to play good basketball and stay focused on the court, and we want the guys to have fun as well," DWU head coach Shane Murphy said. "We took them out to the beach and we might try to tour one of the naval ships. "Then for the next two days, our focus will be strictly on basketball.
ARMOUR -- After nearly 40 years of coaching in Armour, Burnell Glanzer has a new life. Instead of holding a whistle during the afternoons, he holds a pen and does paperwork. The legendary coach who retired after last season works as the school's superintendent and still attends basketball games. "Retirement has been like I figured it would be," Glanzer said. "I still go to the games and try to keep my mouth shut." Keeping quiet can be tough for a man who was known for his intensity on the sidelines and his winning ways.
HURON -- Leading 17-15 over Eastern South Dakota Conference foe Huron after seven matches Thursday, there was a glimmer of hope for the Mitchell High School wrestling team.
ALEXANDRIA -- The Hanson girls' basketball team is determined. Last year, the Beavers finished sixth in the Class B state basketball tournament, but this year the team has its sights set on more. "The girls are on a mission to prove themselves and make their own identity," Hanson head coach Jim Bridge said. "It would be easy to live on the history of our program, but they are determined to make their own history." The Beavers have started the season 5-0 and have been voted as the fourth best team in Class B girls' basketball by the state's sportswriters association.