STURGIS -- The South Dakota amateur basketball tournament concluded on Sunday, with teams from Sturgis, Corsica and Sioux Falls earning state championships.
Sioux Falls-Ambush (Class A), Corsica-Rexwinkel Concrete (Class B) and Sturgis-King Construction (Class C) all claimed titles at the event.
In the B title game, Rexwinkel Concrete defeated Pierre-Hunt Ranch 88-79 behind tournament MVP Kris Menning's 27 points. Corsica got 20 points from Luke Bamberg, 18 points from Chris Punt, and 12 points from Jacob Giles. Pierre was led by Cooper Kirkie's 36 points and 15 points from Dale Big Eagle. Kirkie was the overall leading scorer in the tournament, scoring 112 points over three games. Joining Menning, Bamberg, Punt, Kirkie, and Big Eagle on the Class B all-tournament team were Doug Hansen and Jared Vlastuin from Lennox, Joey Mitchell of Miller, and Patrick Gatzke of Sturgis.
In the A title game, the Ambush successfully defended its title against Rapid City-We are Farmers by the score of 78-73. Sioux Falls had a balanced attack behind 19 points from Jordan Miller, 17 points from Skyler Bloch, 13 points apiece from tournament MVP Garrett Callahan and Kelly Hubbard, and 11 points from Jacob Giles. Adam Templeton led Rapid City with 27 points, with TJ McCauley adding 15 points and Isaac Parsons chipping in 12. Joining Callahan, Miller, Bloch, Templeton and McCauley on the Class A all-tournament team were Jace Fischer from Pierre-V-Mann's, Kevin Ratzsch from Pierre-Edman, Luke Enos from Spearfish, and Omar Bounerzoug from Rapid City-YOLO.
In the C title game, King Construction defeated Brookings Youngbloods behind 17 points from Travis Miller and 13 points from Jeremy Vliem. Dennis Buus and tourney MVP Cody King each added 12 points for Sturgis. Brookings was led by 16 points from Devin Eppard and 10 points apiece from Tate Lilla, Alex Jammen, and Ethan Clarke. Eppard, Vliem, and Tyler Ogle of Faulkton were named to the Class C all-tournament team.