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Bucks knock down Kernels

YANKTON -- Senior Night was more than just a ceremony for the Yankton Bucks. It was the literal truth. Tanner Frick and Bradey Sorenson combined for 36 points as the Yankton boys' basketball team closed the regular season in dominant fashion, 57-...

YANKTON - Senior Night was more than just a ceremony for the Yankton Bucks.

It was the literal truth.

Tanner Frick and Bradey Sorenson combined for 36 points as the Yankton boys' basketball team closed the regular season in dominant fashion, 57-38 over Mitchell on Tuesday night at the Summit Center.

In typical fashion, the Bucks started five seniors, but in total, those veterans combined for 43 points.

"This game meant a lot to us seniors," said Sorenson, who scored 18 points. "It wasn't the last home game for us, but it was still special.

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"We just wanted to come out with a bang and play together."

It wasn't the last home game, because the Bucks (7-13) will host Harrisburg in Saturday's District 2AA play-in game at 7 p.m.

First, though, Yankton had to tangle with Mitchell (4-16).

Yankton's starting lineup of Sorenson, Frick, Devin Millen, Syd Boots and Bradey Sorenson jumped out to an early lead, and then were replaced by five reserves who kept the Bucks in front.

"I'm very happy for all seven of our seniors, but those five starters especially did a great job setting the one early," Yankton coach Chris Haynes said.

Similar to last Friday against Aberdeen Central, the Bucks started hot against the Kernels.

Yankton built a 29-13 lead at the 3:41 mark of the second quarter, but Mitchell scored the final 10 points to get within 29-23 at half.

And that was the extent of the drama. Thanks again to the play of the seniors.

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"When Mitchell made it a dead-even game at half, those seniors came out strong in the third quarter," Haynes said. "That was the difference."

The Bucks outscored the Kernels 19-3 in the third quarter, and used their defensive pressure to limit Mitchell to five baskets in the second quarter.

"Their aggressiveness in the third quarter was the difference," Mitchell coach Erik Skoglund said. "They got in the passing lanes and we turned it over before we got shots up."

Mitchell committed nine turnovers in the third quarter and shot 5-of-17 (29 percent) after halftime - the Kernels did, however, hit three 3-pointers in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

"I give Yankton a ton of credit, they played great team defense," Skoglund said. "They played hard for 32 minutes and didn't give us a chance to make a game of it."

Frick added 18 points for Yankton, while freshman Rex Ryken had seven points off the bench and Millen scored six points.

Mitchell, meanwhile will begin District 3AA Tournament action next Tuesday with a road game at Huron (17-3).

Connor Morgan scored 10 points for the Kernels in Yankton, while Elijah Pommer added six points. Mitchell did most of its damage from deep, making 7-of-17 three-pointers.

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Subvarsity:

JV: Yankton won 63-41

Sophomore: Yankton 58-24

Freshman A: Yankton 42-41

Freshman B: Mitchell 46-40

MITCHELL (4-16)

Jed Schmidt 2-4 0-0 4; Connor Morgan 3-9 2-4 10; Elijah Pommer 2-3 0-0 6; Gray Determan 2-5 0-0 5; Wyatt Smith 1-2 2-3 4; Sam Mock 0-1 0-0 0; Carter Cavanaugh 0-4 1-2 1; Baley Miller 0-0 0-0 0; Kyle Jamison 1-3 0-0 3; Reed Overweg 1-3 0-0 3; Cody Reichelt 0-1 0-0 0; Cooper Knutson 0-0 0-0 0; Mitch Price 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS 13-36 5-9 38.

YANKTON (7-13)

Tanner Frick 7-9 3-3 18; Blake Savey 0-3 1-2 1; Devin Millen 3-5 0-0 6; Syd Boots 0-1 0-0 0; Bradey Sorenson 6-13 4-6 18; Nate Stephenson 0-0 0-0 0; Cameron Krejci 1-1 0-0 3; Jack Wolfgram 0-0 0-0 0; Blake Cwach 0-0 0-0 0; Rex Ryken 2-4 2-2 7; Casey Krejci 1-2 0-1 2; Nathan Hein 0-1 0-0 0; Matthew Mors 1-4 0-0 2; Trevor Rafferty 0-0 0-0 0; Jordan Payer 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 21-44 10-14 57.

MITCHELL 7 23 26 38

YANKTON 18 29 48 57

Three-Pointers: Mitchell 7-17 (Pommer 2-3, Morgan 2-7, Jamison 1-1, Determan 1-2, Overweg 1-2, Mock 0-1, Cavanaugh 0-1), Yankton 5-16 (Sorenson 2-6, Frick 1-1, Cam. Krejci 1-1, Ryken 1-3, Savey 0-1, Cas. Krejci 0-1, Mors 0-3). Total Rebounds: Yankton 29 (Sorenson 6), Mitchell 24 (Overweg 4). Assists: Yankton 10 (Frick 3), Mitchell 7 (Cavanaugh 3). Turnovers: Mitchell 19, Yankton 11. Personal Fouls: Mitchell 14, Yankton 12. Fouled Out: None.

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