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Canistota holds off Flandreau

PARKSTON -- Canistota, ranked No. 4 in Class B, turned up the intensity in the fourth quarter, holding Flandreau to six points while scoring 19 points of its own to claim a 58-51 boys basketball win at the Parkston Classic Tuesday.

Canistota's Xavier Ward, right, pulls down a rebound in front of Flandreau's Teddy Taylor, left, during the first half of the Hawks' game against the Fliers in the Parkston Classic Tuesday at the Parkston Armory. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)
Canistota's Xavier Ward, right, pulls down a rebound in front of Flandreau's Teddy Taylor, left, during the first half of the Hawks' game against the Fliers in the Parkston Classic Tuesday at the Parkston Armory. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

PARKSTON - Canistota, ranked No. 4 in Class B, turned up the intensity in the fourth quarter, holding Flandreau to six points while scoring 19 points of its own to claim a 58-51 boys basketball win at the Parkston Classic Tuesday.

The Hawks trailed 45-39 going into the final quarter, but Canistota opened with a 10-2 run and never looked back. The Hawks led 53-51 with 37 seconds to play but a basket by Drew Seubert put Canistota up four points and three free throws down the stretch from Shay Jolley sealed the win.

Hawks coach Pat Jolley said that the difference in the fourth quarter was that his team finally found its way in the game.

"We finally realized that we were going to have to play as a team on defense and offense," said Pat Jolley. "When we came out of a time out (in the fourth quarter), I said it was time to play like seniors and I thought they went out and did that. We played with a lot more intensity in the fourth quarter and it said a lot about our kids."

It was Flandreau that came out in the first quarter with intensity. The Flyers jumped to a 10-4 lead and parlayed that into a 17-11 lead after the first quarter.

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Canistota went on a 12-2 run to open the second period and held a 23-19 lead, before Flandreau outscored the Hawks 13-6 to close out the quarter and had a 32-29 lead at intermission.

Flandreau coach Brendan Sheppard said his young team was missing the toughness in the final period to close the game out.

"Canistota is a senior team and they've been the football champions and they're big strong kids," Sheppard said. "We're young and we're good, but we're not quite tough enough yet."

Shay Jolley led the Hawks with 19 points, followed by Seubert with 11 points and Mason Decker added 10 points. Xavier Ward pulled down eight rebounds to lead Canistota.

The Hawks (4-0) were 24-of-52 for 46 percent from the field and 6-of-10 for 60 percent from the free throw line.

The Flyers (1-2) were led by Xavier Pavlis with 15 points followed by Dalyn Bakkedajl and Dylan LeBrun with 12 points. LeBrun had 11 rebounds for a double-double. No other stats were available for Flandreau.

"I thought they (Flandreau) played with more intensity and more enthusiasm and I thought we were flat," Pat Jolley. said. "But as the game wore on, I think we realized that we better pick it up or we're going to be on the short end of this thing."

Flandreau takes on Madison Thursday in Brookings at the Entringer Classic, while Canistota will take on West Lyon (Iowa) on Saturday at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls, as part of the Sanford Pentagon Classic.

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Flandreau 17 32 45 51

Canistota 11 29 39 58

Flandreau (1-2)

Scoring: Xavier Pavlis 15, Dalyn Bakkedahl 12, Dylan LeBrau 12

Canistota (4-0)

Scoring: Shay Jolley 19, Drew Seubert 11, Mason Decker 10, Jerad Nielsen 8, Scott Jolley 5, Xavier Ward 3, Andrew Weber 2.

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