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The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team continued to pad its national tournament résumé on Wednesday. And the Tigers could build up their résumé more on Saturday. The No. 18 Tigers eliminated Hastings College 87-67 from the Great Plains Athletic Conference tournament at the Corn Palace. The victory sets up a rematch with No. 6 Morningside College at 3 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the GPAC tournament.
Nygel Drury and Tyson Smiley took a long and winding road to Dakota Wesleyan University, but they are settling in for the Tigers. The transfers are defensive stalwarts, while also picking their spots offensively for the Tiger men. DWU gives up an average of 72.5 points per game, which is the best in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
I have Round of 16 fever. In all my years of covering or watching South Dakota sports, I don't remember being this excited for the postseason. And I think that's how most South Dakota sports fans feel, as well.
Monday’s results BOYS BASKETBALL Bon Homme 67, Irene-Wakonda 58 Canistota 61, Menno 48 Corsica-Stickney 64, Parkston 41 Mount Vernon/Plankinton 61, McCook Central/Montrose 54 GIRLS BASKETBALL Region 1B Langford 49, Great Plains Lutheran 30
The South Dakota Prep Media basketball poll for the week of Feb. 19 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team’s record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are indicated in parentheses. Boys Class AA
During the 2013-14 season, Matt Wilber's scholarship offer to Jason Spicer got better and better. The same could be said for Spicer's basketball career. Spicer was a role player early in high school and college, but now the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball offense goes through him. The senior center leads the Tigers in points (19.3), rebounds (5.7), assists (5.6), field goal percentage (60.1) and blocked shots (22).
Tyson Smiley didn't know he was starting until two hours before tip-off, but he went out and had a career night for the Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball team. DWU's dynamic guard Ty Hoglund sat out the game with a foot injury and Smiley was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 15. "I am just here to play my role and fill in where I can and when Ty is out, it just opens up an extra opportunity for me and I do everything I can to help the team," Smiley said.
Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball coach Matt Wilber has not experienced a defeat like the Morningside College loss on Feb. 7. "There's no question that Morningside loss was the toughest loss that I have been through as a head coach here," Wilber said. "I feel terrible for our guys because the right guys had the ball. The right guys were where we wanted them to be." The Tigers led the Mustangs 83-75 with 1-minute and 33 seconds left, but went scoreless from there and lost on a Tyler Borchers buzzer beater.
The South Dakota Prep Media basketball poll for the week of Feb. 12 is listed below, ranking the top-five teams, the team’s record, points received and ranking in the previous poll. First-place votes are indicated in parentheses. Boys Class AA
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket was without its leading scorer, but still gave Canistota all it could handle on Saturday at the Corn Palace. The Hawks relied on their defense and made just enough plays down the stretch to put away the short-handed Blackhawks 41-37 during the Dakota Wesleyan University/Culver’s Classic. “We struggled a little bit offensively and it was our defense that came up big tonight,” Canistota coach Pat Jolley said.