No. 2 Pierre fends off Mitchell
PIERRE--The flashes usually come in practice. Pierre knows senior guard Trey Livermont can shoot, and not only 3-pointers. Livermont, they all say, is as capable of creating his own offense and working himself into the system as much as classmate...
PIERRE-The flashes usually come in practice.
Pierre knows senior guard Trey Livermont can shoot, and not only 3-pointers.
Livermont, they all say, is as capable of creating his own offense and working himself into the system as much as classmates Brevin Kaiser, Erin Severyn or junior guard Bradley Dean.
Dean and Severyn struggled with their shot, and foul trouble, Thursday against Mitchell.
He helped the No. 2-ranked Governors take the lead for good with a 5-0 run to end the first quarter, then tossed in a basket here and there when the home team seemed to need it most in a 74-60 victory. Livermont finished with a season-high 17 points to back up Kaiser's 26.
Dean chipped in 10, including a deep 3-pointer with 1 minute, 23 seconds left to play to increase Pierre's lead to 49-42 against a Kernels team that was still high on emotion and never seemed to go away.
"You have to rely on what you've been taught and the buckets will go in," Livermont said of the tight game. "If you play good defense, they put up a shot that's contested. Then you get the rebound."
Severyn added nine, including five in the fourth; his driving layup pulled Pierre (6-2, 5-2 Eastern South Dakota) ahead 63-55 with 3:40 remaining. He earlier sank a pair of free throws for a 55-47 edge and then split a pair for a 66-58 lead.
Despite his team's ability to stay within fighting distance-Pierre's lead was 12 at its highest, and Mitchell always followed with a small run-head coach Erik Skoglund bemoaned 19 turnovers and a few too many misses
"Coach Becker always has his team ready," Skoglund said. "We had outstanding guards putting pressure on us all over the floor. We could never cut it to a one, two possession game. The Governors always had an answer."
Two days after being held to five points, Kaiser netted nine by halftime, including a 5-2 spurt with a three-point play followed by two more free throws for a 28-21 lead midway through the second.
His layup later extended the advantage to 46-41 with two minutes left in the third, and Kaiser opened the fourth scoring the Govs' first four points on foul shots and a second-effort-putback (53-47).
When Mitchell (2-8, 1-5 ESD) climbed within 55-50, Livermont dropped in a layup and Kaiser followed with a third-effort putback for a nine-point spread.
"We've been waiting for Trey to have a good offensive game like that," Pierre coach Terry Becker said. "He's provided a lot of good things for us-he's a real vocal leader. Tonight, he was looking for his shot, and was active in our offense."
M 17 32 43 60
P 20 41 49 74
Mitchell (2-8, 2-5 ESD) 60
Jed Schmidt 4-8 0-0 9 Connor Morgan 3-9 3-6 10 Elijah Pommer 1-3 2-2 5 Gray Determan 5-13 2-4 14 Kyle Jamison 1-1 0-0 2 Mitch Price 2-3 0-1 4 Wyatt Smith 6-11 1-1 13 TOTALS 23-55 8-15 60
Pierre (6-2, 5-2 ESD) 74
Erin Severyn 2-10 5-6 9 Brad Dean 3-9 2-2 10 Hunter Jockheck 1-3 0-0 2 Trey Livermont 5-13 5-6 17 Peyton Zabel 3-7 0-1 8 Clay Bush 0-2 0-0 0 Joe King 1-1 0-0 2 Brevin Kaiser 10-20 6-7 26 TOTALS 25-65 18-22 74
3-point goals: M 6-16 (Determan 2, Schmidt, Pommer), P 6-18 (Dean 2, Livermont 2, Zabel 2); Assists: M 10 (Schmidt 3), P 17 (Severyn 4); Rebounds: M 27 (Smith 6), P 27 (Kaiser 11); Fouls: M 19, P 19