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Tiger coach Jason Christensen simply said, “we were bad, they were good” after his team’s performance in a loss to No. 16 Hastings College. The Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team struggled to get going, falling 81-45 in Great Plains Athletic Conference action to Hastings Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. “It was one of those games where we came out flat and we have to learn from it and then put it in the past,” DWU’s Micaela Erickson said. “This is something that can make us stronger or go the other way.
Sharp shooting and relentless effort propelled the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team to its fifth-straight win. The Tigers (10-7, 3-4 GPAC) made 14 shots from three-point range as a team in a 98-84 win over No. 6 Hastings College in Great Plains Athletic Conference action Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. “We beat a really good team,” first-year DWU coach Matt Wilbur said. “When you are making shots, guys have a lot of confidence in each other.” Three Tigers scored at more than 20 points, led by junior forward Jalen Voss.
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The No. 3 Sioux Falls Roosevelt Rough Riders took control in the second half of a 74-56 win over Flora Macdonald Academy (Red Springs, N.C.) in the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The Rough Riders (2-0) shot nearly 60 percent from the field and outscored the Cougars 36-27 in the second half. “The boys played really hard tonight,” Roosevelt coach Lee Taylor said.
The Sioux Falls Lincoln boys’ basketball team led for the majority of the second half before failing to close out the win against West Oaks Academy (Orlando, Fla.). The Patriots fell 72-67 to the Flame in the Fourth Annual Mike Miller Classic Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. “I don’t believe in moral victories, but I told my team if there is such a thing, that was one of them,” Lincoln coach Jeff Halseth said after the loss.
After playing a limited role in his third season off the bench for the NBA champion Miami Heat last year, Mitchell native Mike Miller is back with the Memphis Grizzlies and playing an increased role. Miller, 33, changed teams for the sixth time to start the 2013-14 NBA season and is in his second tour of duty with Memphis, after winning back-to-back titles with the Heat. “The return to Memphis has been great and it’s been a smooth transition back,” Miller said Wednesday in an interview with The Daily Republic from Houston where Memphis lost 100-92 Thursday.
Mitchell is a holiday destination for some of the best high school basketball players in the country. Top teams, including USA Today’s No. 1 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), will be at the Corn Palace for the Mike Miller Classic, which begins today.
The wrapping paper has been torn, the carols have been sung and the family portraits have been taken. This means one thing for sports fans in Mitchell. It’s time for the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace. The fourth annual event put together by the Mike Miller Foundation, has brought back some familiar faces and new talent to one of the top high school basketball arenas in the country. “The Corn Palace is pretty special,” La Lumiere coach Alan Huss said.
NEW HOLLAND — After playing point guard in her first two seasons, Dakota Christian’s Brooklyn Vander Pol has quickly adapted to playing in front court this season. The 5-foot-9 junior forward led the Cadets to wins in two of three games last week, nearly averaging a double-double along the way. “Everybody looks up to her and she always wants the ball in her hands when the game is on the line,” Dakota Christian coach Shane Niewenhuis said.