The Tea Area boys went 24-1, won the Class A state title and may have had the best team in the state regardless of class.
It helps that the Titans had two players good enough to earn first-team all-state honors in Noah Freidel and Justin Hohn.
The Titan duo is joined on the first-team by Red Cloud's Alejandro Rama, Sioux Falls Christian's Mitchell Goodbary, Dakota Valley's Paul Bruns and Miller's Karst Hunter, as selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association.
Freidel, a 6-4 senior guard/forward, was named Class A player of the year after averaging 23.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game while shooting 54 percent from the floor. He will play basketball next season at Division I Wright State.
"Noah is one of the fiercest competitors that I have had the opportunity to coach," Tea coach Chris Fechner said. "When we needed a basket he would get it, if we needed a rebound he went and got it. He created opportunities for other guys because most game plans were designed to limit his touches."
Hohn, a 6-1 senior guard, averaged 12.7 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists per game. Hohn shot 60 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the charity stripe. He will play basketball next season at Division I University of California, Irvine. Tea's only loss of the season was 78-64 setback on Dec. 29 to La Lumiere (Ind.), which is currently the No. 1 team in the nation.
"Justin was the engine that made things work for us," Fechner said. "He could control a game without scoring because of his vision, passing and defense. He was at his best when he was controlling the tempo of the game and getting everyone involved."
Rama, a 6-1 senior guard, averaged 35 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals per game. Rama fractured his left ankle against St. Thomas More on Feb. 5 and he was forced to miss the rest of the season. He was coming off a 60-point performance in the previous game against St. Francis. Rama will play basketball next season at South Dakota School of Mines.
"Alejandro is a coach's dream to have," Red Cloud coach Christian McGhee said. "Ale leads by example on and off the court. He is a 3.9 GPA, as well as the hardest worker on the court. When your best player is your hardest worker, that helps a team tremendously with the success."
Goodbary, a 6-5 senior forward/center, averaged 17.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. An Augustana University football signee, Goodbary helped lead the Chargers to a 21-3 record and runner-up finish at the state tournament.
"Mitch is an outstanding all-around player," Sioux Falls Christian coach Mike Schouten said. "He led our team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. He also provided us with excellent leadership on the floor and in the locker room."
Bruns, a 6-2 sophomore guard, averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor. Bruns helped lead the Panthers to a 15-7 record. Bruns netted a school-record 40 points in a game this season.
"We haven't had a harder worker in our basketball program," Dakota Valley coach Jason Kleis said. "Paul has been playing varsity since his eighth-grade year. He has a very high basketball IQ. He has an extremely versatile game, great ball handler who can play the point guard spot very well and is tremendous scoring in the post."
Hunter, a 6-4 senior center, averaged 28.7 points and 12.5 rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent from the floor. Karst, who will play football at South Dakota State University, finished second in school history with 1,648 career points. He also netted a school-record 50 points in a game this season.
"Never have I had a kid at 6-4 or 6-5 who can play every position and make you pay from every spot on the floor," Miller coach Darin Hunter said. "You would be hard pressed to find a player who wanted to rebound any more than him."
St. Thomas More had a pair of players on the second team in Ryder Kirsch (a 6-6 junior guard/forward) and Caden Casey (a 5-11 junior guard).
Junior Kayden Verley of Canton, junior Max Nielson of Sioux Valley, Senior Camden Bialas of Parker and Pine Ridge senior Halen Bad Bear round out the rest of the second team.
Pine Ridge had another all-state selection on the third team in senior Corey Brown. Junior Josh Arlt of Lennox, senior Joey Slama of Bon Homme, senior Taylor Edwards of Hill City, senior Jackson Miller of West Central and senior Connor Bawdon of Hamlin round out the third team.
2019 Class B Boys All-State Basketball Team
As selected by the South Dakota Basketball Coaches Association
Noah Freidel, Tea Area, 6-4, Guard/Forward, Senior -Player of the Year - 23.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 54% FG.
Alejandro Rama, Red Cloud, 6-1, Guard, Senior 35 ppg, 80% FT, 10 rpg
Mitchell Goodbary, Sioux Falls Christian, 6-5, Forward/Center, Senior, 17.1 ppg, 56.5% FG, 8.6 rpg.
Justin Hohn, Tea Area, 6-1, Guard, Senior, 12.7 ppg, 60% FG, 5 rpg, 8 apg.
Paul Bruns, Dakota Valley, 6-2, Guard, Sophomore, 25.3 ppg, 40% 3FG, 8.3 rpg
Karst Hunter, Miller, 6-4, Center, Senior, 28.7 ppg, 58% FG, 12.5 rpg.
Ryder Kirsch, St. Thomas More, 6-6, Guard/Forward, Junior, 16.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 53% FG.
Kayden Verley, Canton, 5-10, Guard, Junior, 27.1 ppg, 81% FT, 5.6 rpg.
Max Nielson, Sioux Valley, 5-11, Guard, Junior, 20 ppg, 89% FT, 50% FG.
Camden Bialas, Parker, 6-9, Forward, Senior, 16.4 ppg, 67% FG, 8 rpg.
Halen Bad Bear, Pine Ridge, 6-0, Guard, Senior, 19.2 ppg, 55% 3FG, 64% FG.
Caden Casey, St. Thomas More, 5-11, Guard, Junior, 17.1 ppg, 84.3% FT, 48.1% 3FG.
Corey Brown, Pine Ridge, 6-3, Forward/Center, Senior, 11.4 ppg, 57% FG, 11 rpg.
Josh Arlt, Lennox, 6-0, Junior, Guard, 14.4 ppg, 49% from 3-point, 87% FT
Joey Slama, Bon Homme, 6-3, Guard, Senior, 19 ppg, 7 rpg, 5 apg
Taylor Edwards, Hill City, 6-6, Center, Senior, 21 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 52% FG.
Jackson Miller, West Central, 6-4, Guard/Forward, Senior, 17.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 45% FG.
Connor Bawdon, Hamlin, 6-3, Guard, Senior, 21.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 40% 3FG.