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Corsica-Stickney falls 38-35 to Chester Area in Class B quarters

ABERDEEN--The offense wasn't there for Corsica-Stickney Thursday night. The Jaguars were held well below their season average of 66 points per game by No. 3 Chester Area, falling 38-35 in the first round of the Class B state tournament at the Bar...

Corsica-Stickney's Clayton Menning, center, is defended by Chester Area's Josh Anderson, right, and Devin Eppard (4) during the first round of the Class B boys state basketball tournament on Thursday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Corsica-Stickney's Clayton Menning, center, is defended by Chester Area's Josh Anderson, right, and Devin Eppard (4) during the first round of the Class B boys state basketball tournament on Thursday at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

ABERDEEN-The offense wasn't there for Corsica-Stickney Thursday night.

The Jaguars were held well below their season average of 66 points per game by No. 3 Chester Area, falling 38-35 in the first round of the Class B state tournament at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen.

"Chester Area played great defense tonight," Corsica-Stickney head coach Mike Tuschen said. "We had to be patient, we had to earn all of our points. They have great length and we knew we'd have a battle with them. We had some opportunities, and we gave up too many points in transition today."

The No. 6 Jaguars play No. 2 Harding County in the consolation bracket at 1:45 p.m. today.

After Corsica-Stickney trailed 30-20 in the third quarter, the Jaguars reduced their deficit to three points at the 1:12 mark of the fourth quarter after Eli Van Roekel hit a 3-pointer to make it a 38-35 game.

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Corsica-Stickney got a stop, and took a timeout with nine seconds left. Jaguars guard Clayton Menning inbounded the ball to forward Cordel Menning, and appeared to run a give-and-go. Cordel held on to the ball on the "read-option" play, and took an open 3-pointer. The game-tying shot rattled in and out, clinching a Chester Area win.

"I gave an opportunity to a great young player there," Tuschen said. "That's just a play that made the difference. It was a play that didn't happen at the end there, but there was a lot of great plays throughout the game."

Chester Area head coach Eric Knight said his team had a defensive lapse on that last play, but was fortunate the Jaguars missed a shot.

"We switched from our matchup zone to man-to-man, so we could be accountable for a guy. And then, well, we weren't accountable for the guy," Knight said with a laugh. "That's just coaching kids. Luckily, they missed a shot and we were able to grab a rebound."

Corsica-Stickney shot 34 percent from the floor, while Chester Area shot 35 percent. The Jaguars and Flyers committed 20 turnovers each.

"We defended and rotated pretty well," Knight said. "We just didn't rebound to end possessions sometimes. Offensively, they didn't let us get into the tempo we like to get in at times, and we didn't react to that well. But we did enough to survive."

Neither team had much success from long range, as Corsica-Stickney was 2-of-13 and Chester Area was 1-of-10.

Eli Van Roekel led Corsica-Stickney with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Clayton Menning chipped in nine. Levi DeVries led Chester Area with 12 points. The game was vastly different from the 60-44 convincing victory Chester Area had over the Jaguars on Jan. 23 at the Hanson Classic.

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"We knew coming in that we had to stop them on the fastbreak, but they got a few too many points in transition," Van Roekel said. "On the front court, we shut them down the way we wanted too. Defensively, they're a quick team and they have some size underneath. They were tough to face."

Van Roekel said while the Jaguars wish the contest turned out different, all of the team's attention has turned to Harding County.

"It was a close game and we were in it all the way," Van Roekel said. "So I think we're going to have our heads up and come into that game pretty hard. With great coaching, we'll be ready."

CS 7 16 26 35

Chester 8 21 30 38

Corsica-Stickney (20-4)

Cordel Menning 1-8 0-2 2, Reed Baan Hofman 0-2 0-0 0, Hunter Johnson 2-4 0-0 4, Clayton Menning 4-12 1-2 9, Eli Van Roekel 5-8 2-2 13, Kyle Menning 3-4 0-0 7, Josh Moser 0-6 0-1 0. Totals 15-44 3-7 35

Chester Area (21-3)

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Josh Anderson 0-4 0-0 0, Jacob Schoeberl 1-1 1-2 3, Jesse Kreutzfeldt 4-7 0-0 9, Levi DeVries 3-6 6-7 12, Cade Larson 2-6 0-0 4, Haden Ewoldt 0-1 0-0 0, Austin Eppard 3-7 0-2 6, Devin Eppard 1-7 2-2 4. Totals 14-39 9-13 38

Field goal percentage: Corsica/Stickney .341, Chester .359; 3-point goals:Corsica/Stickney 2-13 (Menning 0-1, Menning 0-3, Van Roekel 1-3, Menning 1-2, Moser 0-4), Chester 1-10 (Anderson 0-2, Kreutzfeldt 1-1, Larson 0-3, Eppard 0-2, Eppard 0-2); Rebounds: Corsica/Stickney 30 (Menning 13), Chester 30 (Anderson 6, DeVries 6); Fouls Corsica/Stickney 15, Chester 14; Fouled out: Menning; Technical: none; Assists: Corsica/Stickney 9 (Menning 2, Johnson 2, Menning 2), Chester 7 (Anderson 3); Steals: Corsica/Stickney 8 (Menning 3), Chester 12 (Eppard 5); Blocked shots: Corsica/Stickney 3 (Menning 1, Johnson 1, Van Roekel 1), Chester 0; Turnovers: Corsica/Stickney 20, Chester 20.

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