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Blackbull sparks Cubs' postseason run

RAPID CITY--Davis Blackbull lets his game do the talking. The 5-foot-9 senior guard for the Chamberlain Cubs has been a leader on the team, quietly, throughout the season, according to head coach Adam Nelson. "He's been a silent assassin," Nelson...

RAPID CITY-Davis Blackbull lets his game do the talking.

The 5-foot-9 senior guard for the Chamberlain Cubs has been a leader on the team, quietly, throughout the season, according to head coach Adam Nelson.

"He's been a silent assassin," Nelson said. "He doesn't get a lot of attention, but he's been playing really big for us in this whole playoff stretch."

In Chamberlain's first opening-round win at the state tournament since 2000, Blackbull sparked the Cubs by scoring 20 points, going 4-of-4 on 3-pointers, in a 70-66 win over Sioux Valley on Thursday.

"It's unbelievable when someone can come out and shoot like that," said Chamberlain's Seth Friesz on Thursday. "That's what we needed and I'm happy he was able to do that."

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Blackbull had two more 3-pointers and eight points in Chamberlain's 69-52 loss to top-seeded Sioux Falls Christian in the Class A semifinals on Friday. Nelson said the Cubs didn't give Blackbull enough looks and the Chargers did a good job of containing him.

"Davis Blackbull is a great young man and he's really developed as a basketball player for us," Nelson said. "He leads by example. He's been a great defender for us and hit some big shots."

While he averaged 7.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game this season, the senior's game hit another level in the postseason.

Blackbull scored a team-high 18 points, on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, in the Region 6A title game against Cheyenne-Eagle Butte on March 7 to book Chamberlain's first state tournament trip since 2012. He had 12 points in Region 6A semifinal against Miller.

"The program is really good," Blackbull said. "We've moved the ball. (Thursday) was a great win."

Heading into his final game, Blackbull and the Cubs will look to bring back a third-place trophy.

"I knew he'd get going sometime," Friesz said. "It's great to see it at the state tournament."

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