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Lycans ball movement too much for Golden Eagles

A balanced scoring showing from Prairie Seeds Academy (Minn.) was too much for Mitchell Christian as the Golden Eagles suffered their first defeat of the season Monday.

Mitchell Christian's Majok Kur, center, tries to avoid a double-team from Prairie Seeds Academy's Brian Robinson (23) and Moses Ogunti (12) on Monday at the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Mitchell Christian's Majok Kur, center, tries to avoid a double-team from Prairie Seeds Academy's Brian Robinson (23) and Moses Ogunti (12) on Monday at the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

A balanced scoring showing from Prairie Seeds Academy (Minn.) was too much for Mitchell Christian as the Golden Eagles suffered their first defeat of the season Monday.

Four Prairie Seeds Academy players scored in double-figures en route to a 68-52 win at the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

"It was tough to cover all of those guys, they were very athletic," Mitchell Christian head coach Dennis Martin said. "They had a bunch of shooters and hit some big threes. Defensively, they were always set and put pressure on our ball handlers."

For the Lycans, Jamar Robinson chipped in 18, Daveon Gibson had 16 points, Brian Robinson and D'Angelo Spring each tallied 13.

"We wanted to move the ball around, that was our game plan heading in," Lycans head coach Quincy Caldwell said. "We're a better team when we involve everybody with our ball movement."

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Caldwell added the Lycans wanted to suffocate the Golden Eagles on offense.

"We wanted to create h--- on earth," Caldwell said. "We broke out the full court press and wanted to make them feel uncomfortable, and get in their heads right away."

Prairie Seeds Academy did just that in the first half, racing out to a 28-18 lead by forcing Mitchell Christian to commit double-digit turnovers. The Lycans made five 3-pointers, while the Golden Eagles only converted one.

For the Golden Eagles, senior Majok Kur drew double- - and sometimes triple- - teams in the post. But that didn't stop him from finishing with a double-double, scoring 20 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.

"I'll tell you what, whoever gave us the scouting report on (Majok) was wrong," said Caldwell, who played for a year at Marshall (W.Va.) for one season." He was a major problem for us. Where he is at 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, I think he's a Division I prospect. He has a soft touch around the rim and he's a handful. If they develop a shooter, they will be tough down the line."

Also chipping in for the Golden Eagles was eighth-grader Ty Vander Pol with 11 points and Ethan Cooper with seven.

"We have some young kids, and we're really excited about the future," Martin said. "They're all developing well and I'm proud of their progress."

Mitchell Christian (2-1) takes on Wolsey-Wessington on Monday in Mitchell, while Prairie Seeds Academy (2-3) faces Memphis University School at 3 p.m. today in Sioux Falls. .

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Prairie Seeds Academy 68 (2-3)

Scorers: Daveon Gibson 16, Brian Robinson 13, Jamar Robinson 18, Moses Ogunti 4, D'Angelo Spring 13

Mitchell Christian 52 (2-1)

Scorers: Majok Kur 20, Riley O'Neil 2, Zach Bosworth 2, Alec Nelson 6, Ethan Cooper 7, Christian Cooper 2, Ty Vander Pol 11

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