Hoop City Classic roundup for Dec. 28: Canistota rallies to knock off Gregory

11th annual event kicked off three days of basketball on Tuesday

Canistota's Isiah Robertson cuts through Gregory's Daniel Mitchell and Cruz Klundt during a Hoop City Classic game Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 at the Corn Palace. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

Four players scored in double-figures for Canistota, as the Hawks rallied for a 65-59 victory at the Hoop City Classic Tuesday at the Corn Palace over Gregory.

Canistota (3-0): Trace Ortman had a team-high 17 points for the Hawks, while Isiah Robertson and Tage Ortman each scored 15 points, with Robertson posting 10 in the second half. Tye Merrill scored 13 points, as Canistota made seven 3-pointers in the win. The Hawks trailed by double-digits in the first half but scored 38 points in the second half to rally to the win. Canistota hosts Elk Point-Jefferson on Jan. 4.

Gregory (1-3): Daniel Mitchell scored 22 points for the Gorillas, while Carson Klundt had 11 points and Jordan Songer had 10 points for Gregory. Rane Kenzy and Cruz Klundt each had eight points in the loss. Gregory is back in action at Andes Central/Dakota Christian on Jan. 4 in Lake Andes.


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First Assembly Christian (Tenn.) 48, Thunder Basin (Wyo.) 46

A tightly contested game went to First Assembly Christian in a Hoop City Classic boys basketball game Tuesday afternoon at the Corn Palace.

FACS (8-1): Four players scored 10 points or more in the win for the Crusaders, with 12 points each from Daniel Egbuniwe, T.J. Thomas and Alex Harris, and 10 from Tyler Jones. The Crusaders led 23-18 at halftime and 35-33 after three quarters. FACS plays the nightcap on Wednesday at the Pentagon against Sioux Falls Christian.

Thunder Basin (5-2): Deegan Williams scored 21 points for the Bolts, while adding eight rebounds and five assists. Kayden LaFramboise had 11 points and Bodie Williams had seven points. In addition to the Bolts’ game against Mitchell on Tuesday night, Thunder Basin plays Houston (Tenn.) on Wednesday and Brandon Valley on Thursday at the Pentagon in Sioux Falls.

Yankton 79, Campbell County (Wyo.) 51

Yankton scored 25 second-quarter points and rolled to a 45-17 halftime lead over Campbell County (Wyo.) and never relinquished the 20-plus-point cushion to notch a win in a boys basketball contest at the Hoop City Classic on Tuesday afternoon.

Yankton (3-1): Jaden Kral recorded a game-high 18 points, as Cody Oswald added 17 points, 15 from the opening half. Drew Ryken also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points, including a pair of 3-point field goals. Yankton does not compete again in the Hoop City Classic and will host Huron in its next action on Jan. 4.

Campbell County (3-4): Jason Fink connected on five 3-pointers as part of his team-high 17 points, as the Camels scored 30 points from behind the arc. Jace Walter and Rylan Robertson chipped in seven and six points, respectively. Campbell County faces off with Mitchell on Wednesday afternoon.

Bridgewater-Emery 58, Waubay/Summit 41

Bridgewater-Emery's Sam Hofer shoots a layup in front of Waubay/Summit's Jonathan Johnston during the first half of a Hoop City Classic game on Dec. 28, 2021, at the Corn Palace. Landon Dierks / Republic


Bridgewater-Emery closed the first half on a 29-8 run to erase an early deficit on the way to handing Waubay/Summit its first loss of the season at the Hoop City Classic on Tuesday afternoon.

Bridgewater-Emery (3-2): Sam Hofer scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in opening 10 minutes to lead the Huskies' first-half surge. Sutton Arend added 11 points and Camdyn Stotereau chipped in nine. The Huskies do not compete again in the Hoop City Classic and will host Corsica-Stickney in its next action on Dec. 30.

Waubay/Summit (3-1): Damon Opdahl paced the Mustangs with 16 points, while Sonny Marquart and Jackson Wohlleber contributed eight and seven points, respectively.

Totino-Grace (Minn.) 71, Houston (Tenn.) 41

Totino-Grace (Minn.) stormed out to a 33-16 halftime lead and never looked threatened, dominating Houston (Tenn.) in a Hoop City Classic matchup of out-of-state programs on Tuesday night at the Corn Palace.

Totino-Grace (4-1): Tommy Humphries led the Eagles with 17 points, as Patrick Bath notched 16. Taison Chatman and Demarion Watson each reached 10 points. Tuesday was Totino-Grace's only game in the Hoop City Classic.

Houston (7-7): Brock Vice scored 16 points and was the only Mustang to reach double figures. Mavrick Miller and Anthony McKinley chipped in seven and six points, respectively. Houston plays two games on day two of the Hoop City Classic, taking on Thunder Basin (Wyo.) and Sioux Falls Jefferson.

White River 58, Aberdeen Christian 48

White River's Joe Sayler (11) drives past Aberdeen Christian's Jackson Isakson (2) during the second half of a Class B Hoop City Classic contest on Dec. 28, 2021, at the Corn Palace. Landon Dierks / Republic


White River took an early advantage and held off every Aberdeen Christian advance to win a Class B Hoop City Classic matchup on Tuesday night at the Corn Palace.

White River (4-1): South Dakota State basketball commit Joe Sayler led all scorers with 28 points (17 in the second half and 10 in the fourth quarter), while Dylan Marshall recorded 18 points, as the pair combined to nearly match the Knights' point total. Coach Eldon Marshall notched career win No. 400 with the Hoop City Classic triumph. White River does not play again in the HCC.

Aberdeen Christian (3-1): Ethan Russell paced the Knights with 15 points, as Malek Wieker added 12, including three 3-point field goals. Aberdeen Christian has Wednesday off before a clash with First Assembly Christian (Tenn.) on Thursday in Sioux Falls.

Bridgewater-Emery's Julia Weber drives in for a layup against Campbell County (Wyo.) during a Hoop City Classic basketball game on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 at the Corn Palace. (Marcus Traxler / Republic)

Girls basketball

Bridgewater-Emery 49, Campbell County (Wyo.) 32

A strong first half carried Bridgewater-Emery to a victory in the opening game of the Hoop City Classic on Tuesday morning over Campbell County (Wyo.). The Huskies led 9-2 after the first quarter and 29-20 at the half.

Bridgewater-Emery (3-1): Julia Weber had a game-high 21 points for the Huskies, including 14 in the first half. Taylor Schallenkamp added 16 points and nine rebounds, and Chloe Schmitt had six points for B-E, which will be in action on Jan. 4 hosting Sanborn Central/Woonsocket in Emery.

Campbell County (3-5): The Camels were paced by freshman Erika Martinez and junior Alexis Reimer, who each had seven points. The Camels will play Mitchell on Wednesday.

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at
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