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Thunder pull away from Golden Eagles

Trailing by just three points heading the fourth quarter, the game got away from the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team on Thursday. Andes Central/Dakota Christian outscored MCS 17-4 in the final period to earn a 57-41 victory at MCS.

"We're really focusing on cleaning up our defense and we need to do a better job of taking away what opponents want to do," MCS head coach Jesse Tolsma said. "We gave away too many easy baskets to their best players tonight."

ACDC led 12-6 after the first quarter, 23-18 at halftime and held a 40-37 advantage after the third quarter. The Golden Eagles struggled offensively in the fourth quarter, only scoring four points.

"We had a few turnovers and missed some good looks," Tolsma said about his team's scoring drought. "We have to shoot with confidence and get to the rim. Our defense has to help us by getting stops and letting us play in transition."

Three players scored in double figures for the Thunder. Daaron Tronvold scored 18 points, Chase Pheifer added 17 points and Jacey Garcia had 11 points.

For the Golden Eagles, Ty Vander Pol had 13 points and seven rebounds, while Joey Feiner knocked down four 3-pointers for 12 points. MCS finished the game with 23 turnovers.

ACDC (4-3) will play Centerville on Saturday in Yankton, while MCS (3-6) plays at Avon on Tuesday.

"Our defense has to step up. We have to play 32 minutes of intense defense," Tolsma said. "That has to be our calling card."

Andes Central/Dakota Christian (4-3): Daaron Tronvold 5 5-6 18, Jacey Garcia 2 4-6 11, Luke Kaemingk 0 0-0 0, Chase Pheifer 7 0-0 17, Cliff Johnson 2 2-4 6, Alex Maas 2 1-2 5, Totals 18 12-18 57

Mitchell Christian (3-6): Alec Nelson 2 0-0 4, Riley O'Neil 0 3-4 3, Christian Cooper 0 0-0 3, Ty Vander Pol 4 5-10 13, Luke Nutson 2 2-4 6, Joey Feiner 0 0-0 12, Totals 8 10-18 41

ACDC 12 23 40 57

MCS 6 18 37 41

3-point goals: MCS 5-15 (Feiner 4-7, Cooper 1-4, O'Neil 0-2, Nelson 0-1, Vander Pol 0-1).