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Kernel boys drop ESD contest to Bucks

YANKTON -- Things didn't go as according to plan for the Mitchell boys basketball team on Friday. The Kernels, who have struggled offensively this season, attempted to shortened the game and work the clock on each possession against Matthew Mors ...

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The Mitchell defense of Kiel Nielson, center, and Carter Jacobsen, right, converge on Yankton's Ben Jurrens during Friday night's ESD game at the Summit Center. (Jeremy Hoeck / Yankton Press & Dakotan)

YANKTON - Things didn't go as according to plan for the Mitchell boys basketball team on Friday.

The Kernels, who have struggled offensively this season, attempted to shortened the game and work the clock on each possession against Matthew Mors and the Yankton Bucks. It didn't work as Mitchell fell to the Bucks 54-34 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys basketball game in Yankton.

"We wanted to shortened the basketball game. We wanted to attack the rim and not shoot threes and we wanted to run it late in the shot clock," Mitchell coach Todd Neuendorf said. "It's frustrating that we can't execute that."

Mitchell (0-17) shot 3-pointers on its first three possessions and 11 total in the first half, hitting just one of them. The Kernels fell behind 21-8 after the first quarter and 31-12 at halftime.

The Kernels made a concerted effort in the second half to limit its 3-point attempts and actually cut the deficit to 40-25 after the third quarter. However, Mitchell managed just nine points in the fourth quarter as the Bucks pulled away.

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"When you can't score, you can't let them have the basketball and we did that," Neuendorf added.

Mors powered the Bucks (11-5) with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-7 freshman went 8-for-16 from the field and hit three 3-pointers.

"He played really well," Neuendorf said. "He doesn't force anything. He is really smooth. You have to give the kid a lot of credit, for a freshman he doesn't play like a freshman. He is really good."

Mitchell's Kiel Nelson had seven points and eight rebounds. Derek Factor and Carter Cavanaugh had six points apiece.

The Kernels, who have lost 40 straight games, will host No. 3 Harrisburg on Tuesday at the Corn Palace.

Neuendorf said the Kernels will attempt a similar game plan against the Tigers.

"That is going to be ground and pound," Neuendorf said. "We are going to hold the ball and we are not going to do this. We are going to do it our way and we are going to get this thing and we are going to grind the basketball."

Subvarsity scores:

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JV: Mitchell 50, Yankton 41. Caden Hinker had 16 points and five rebounds for the Kernels.

Sophomore: Mitchell 63, Yankton 47. Hunter Stahle had 17 points, while Hinker had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Freshmen A: Mitchell 45, Yankton 35. Gage Renken scored 11 points for Mitchell, while Zane Alm had 10 points.

Freshmen B: Mitchell 36, Yankton 34. Logan Cunningham scored 14 points for the Kernels.

Yankton 54, Mitchell 34

Mitchell (0-17): Kiel Nelson 3-4 1-2 7, Jordon Johnson 1-3 1-2 3, Kaden Soukup 1-3 0-0 3, Derek Factor 3-7 0-0 6, Tate Larson 1-3 0-0 2, Carter Cavanaugh 2-6 1-2 6, Baley Miller Carter Jacobsen 1-4 2-2 4, Vincent Michael 1-3 1-2 3. Totals 13-35 6-10 34.

Yankton (11-5): Ben Jurrens 2-4 0-0 4, Jack Wolfgram 1-4 0-0 2, Cooper Cornemann 2-2 0-0 5, Rex Ryken 2-4 3-4 7, Casey Krejci 1-2 0-0 2, Cameron Krejci 4-8 2-3 13, Matthew Mors 8-16 2-2 21. Totals 20-47 7-9 54.

M 8 12 25 34

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Y 21 31 40 54

3-point field goals: M 2 (Soukup 1, Cavanaugh 1); Y 7 (Cornemann 1, Cameron Krejci 3, Mors 3). Rebounds: M 24 (Nelson 8); Y 25 (Mors 10). Assists: M 3 (Nelson 1, Cavanaugh 1, Jacobsen 1); Y 10 (Wolfgram 6). Steals: M 2 (Factor 2); Y 6 (Wolfgram 2). Blocked shots: M 1 (Factor 1); Y 1 (Jurrens 1).

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