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Clark/Willow Lake clips Canistota

ABERDEEN -- Once Jacob Prouty got going, it was hard for Canistota to stop the Clark/Willow Lake guard. Prouty poured in 27 points and helped spur a second-half surge as Canistota fell to Clark/Willow Lake 57-47 in the opening round of the Class ...

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ABERDEEN -- Once Jacob Prouty got going, it was hard for Canistota to stop the Clark/Willow Lake guard.

Prouty poured in 27 points and helped spur a second-half surge as Canistota fell to Clark/Willow Lake 57-47 in the opening round of the Class B state boys basketball tournament at Wachs Arena.

After a 23-23 halftime tie, the Hawks were outscored 15-7 in the third quarter and couldn’t recover as the Cyclones closed it out.

“We got some defensive stops and then we got Jacob Prouty going,” Clark/Willow Lake coach Jerome Nesheim said. “We found a way to get him going a little bit and when he gets open, he is going to make good things happen.”

The Hawks pulled ahead 28-24 in the third quarter, but the Cyclones went on a 14-2 burst to close the frame. Canistota trailed 38-30 after the third quarter.

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“We ran out of gas a little bit,” Canistota senior Scott Jolley said. “They were hitting some tough shots. That Prouty kid, he is the real deal. I definitely found that out (Thursday).”

Prouty scored 14 in the first half and 13 in the second half. He finished 11-for-16 from the field and 3-for-4 at the 3-point line.

“Prouty got some shots and I thought we were working hard and I thought we played pretty good defense on him,” Canistota coach Pat Jolley said. “But he hit a couple contested shots and they made a little run there.”

Prouty’s 3-pointer made it 47-37 with 4 minutes left and the Cyclones closed it out at the free-throw line.

“They played really good defense and we were working so hard to score and eight points doesn’t seem like much,” coach Jolley said. “But in that game, eight points was a lot.”

Canistota’s Connor Carlson scored 13 points, Tyce Ortman netted 11 points and Trey Ortman scored eight points. Nesheim said the defensive plan was to keep Carlson, a 6-foot-5 senior, away from the basket and limit dribble penetration.

“We wanted them to settle for some threes and I thought we did a decent job of keeping Jolley and the two Ortmans from getting in the middle of the lane,” Nesheim said. “That’s where they are so dangerous.”

The Hawks jumped ahead 13-4, but the Cyclones surged back as the teams traded baskets in the first half.

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“That was two teams that played extremely hard,” coach Jolley said. “We wanted to win just as badly as Clark/Willow Lake. They came up with better offense in the second half than we did. That was probably a credit to their defense. Their defense was better than our offense.”

Canistota (20-4) plays Lower Brule at noon today in the consolation semifinals as the Hawks will look to regroup.

“We have to come out just like we did (Thursday),” Scott Jolley said. “We had a good start and we just have to keep it going. Have fun. This is the state tournament. (It’s the) best three days of some kids’ lives and you just have to be ready to play at all times.”

Clark/Willow Lake (19-5) plays Bridgewater-Emery at 6 p.m. today in the semifinals.

Clark/Willow Lake 57, Canistota 47

Canistota (20-4): Trey Ortman 3-5 1-2 8, Tyce Ortman 5-10 0-0 11, Jordan Lee 1-3 0-0 2, Chase Merrill 0-0 1-2 1, Carson Roshone 0-0 0-0 0, Scott Jolley 2-7 1-3 5, Jared Tieszen 2-5 0-1 4, Connor Carlson 6-15 4-6 16. Totals 19-45 7-14 47.

Clark/Willow Lake (19-5): Micah Burke 3-10 1-2 7, Stone Burke 0-2 0-0 0, Jacob Prouty 11-16 2-3 27, Bradyn Rusher 4-9 2-4 10, Sho Sunagawa 0-3 0-0 0, Kalig Manac'h 0-0 0-0 0, Ntai Stevens 3-9 3-4 10, Grayson Florey 1-4 1-2 3. Totals 22-53 9-15 57.

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3-pt FG:Canistota 2-5 (Ortman 1-1, Ortman 1-2, Lee 0-1, Carlson 0-1), Clark/Willow Lake 4-14 (Burke 0-1, Prouty 3-4, Rusher 0-1, Sunagawa 0-3, Stevens 1-2, Florey 0-3). Rebounds: Canistota 28 (Carlson 14), Clark/Willow Lake 35 (Stevens 11). Fouls Canistota 14, Clark/Willow Lake 14. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Canistota 6 (Jolley 4), Clark/Willow Lake 5 (Florey 2). Steals: Canistota 3 (Ortman 2), Clark/Willow Lake 4 (Stevens 2). Blocked shots: Canistota 0, Clark/Willow Lake 0. Turnovers: Canistota 11, Clark/Willow Lake 10.

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