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No. 5 Cubs corralled by No. 1 Chargers

RAPID CITY--An upset wasn't in the cards for the Chamberlain boys basketball team on Friday. Facing top-seeded Sioux Falls Christian, a team with three wins over Class AA schools and riding a nine-game winning streak, the Cubs did their best to h...

Chamberlains's Seth Friesz, left, goes to the basket as Sioux Falls Christian's Josh Fligge, right, tries to defend him during a semifinal game at the Class A state boys basketball tournament on Friday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (Eric Mayer/Republic)
Chamberlains's Seth Friesz, left, goes to the basket as Sioux Falls Christian's Josh Fligge, right, tries to defend him during a semifinal game at the Class A state boys basketball tournament on Friday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

RAPID CITY-An upset wasn't in the cards for the Chamberlain boys basketball team on Friday.

Facing top-seeded Sioux Falls Christian, a team with three wins over Class AA schools and riding a nine-game winning streak, the Cubs did their best to hang with the Chargers.

In the end, SFC proved to be too much, holding off Chamberlain for a 69-52 win in the semifinals of the Class A state boys basketball tournament on Friday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City.

"They're a very fundamentally sound basketball team," said Chamberlain head coach Adam Nelson. "We needed to play better defensively and we failed on a couple of rotations."

Looking to play spoiler, the Cubs pulled within five points at 36-31 with 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter, but the Chargers responded with a 13-0 run to thwart the Cubs from hanging around.

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"We got excited and we got pumped, but then we lost our fundamental defense," Nelson said about the 13-0 run by the Chargers. "I'm proud of our guys. They battled, we've come a long ways and I really appreciate the hard work they gave us."

SFC (21-3) went 25-of-44 from the field for 56 percent, 4-of-9 from behind the arc for 44 percent and 15-of-18 from the line for 83 percent shooting in the win. The Chargers will face St. Thomas More in the Class A title game today, while Chamberlain will take on Dakota Valley in the third-place game.

"We played pretty good defense and offensively, we moved the ball well," SFC head coach Mike Schouten said. "We were able to get good shots and that combined with good defense got us the win."

Chad Barkema scored a game-high 23 points, while Lincoln Unruh and Keegan Van Egdom each added 14 points for the Chargers. Austin Schreur chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds, as four SFC players scored in double figures.

The Chargers set the tone early in the contest, jumping out to a 15-4 lead and led 17-9 after one quarter. SFC extended its lead in the second quarter bringing a 36-24 margin into halftime.

Chamberlain (18-6) shot 34 percent from the field (19-of-56), 38 percent on 3-pointers (5-of-13) and 64 percent (9-of-14). Seth Friesz led the Cubs with 21 points, while Dodge Knippling added 11 points. Tiegen Priebe and Davis Blackbull each chipped in eight points for the Cubs in the loss.

"They're a tough team and their defense is good," Blackbull said. "They were tall, too."

The Chargers won the rebounding battle 27-23 and led the entire contest.

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"I was really glad with how our kids responded," said Schouten, about the 13-0 run in the third quarter. "That was a position we haven't been in a lot this year, but we're capable of doing that."

Heading into the third-place game, Nelson said he wants his team to battle for the third-place trophy.

"It's tough to come and play that game," Nelson said. "Everyone is after the big trophy, but we need to be able to come back and respond."

NOTES: Longtime and former Winner head coach James Drake was honored at halftime for being inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Shrine. Drake, a Huron High School graduate, coached the Winner Warriors to a 421-257 record with 12 district titles, four region titles and two consolation championships.

C 9 24 40 52

SFC 17 36 56 69

Chamberlain (18-6)

Carson Powers 0-0 0-1 0, Tiegen Priebe 4-15 0-0 8, Marc Schwenk 0-0 0-0 0, Parker Evans 1-3 0-0 2, Davis Blackbull 2-5 2-2 8, Riggs Priebe 0-0 2-2 2, Danny Sazue 0-1 0-0 0, Seth Friesz 8-20 2-4 21, Joden Matthews 0-0 0-0 0, Rich Marone 0-2 0-1 0, Dodge Knippling 4-10 3-4 11, Adam Hutmacher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-56 9-14 52

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Sioux Falls Christian (21-3)

Keegan Van Egdom 6-14 0-1 14, Josh Fligge 0-1 0-0 0, DeJay Fykstra 3-3 2-2 8, Sawyer Prins 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson Schipper 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Schreur 4-6 2-3 10, Lee Vande Kamp 0-2 0-0 0, Chad Barkema 8-11 7-8 23, Lincoln Unruh 4-7 4-4 14, Koln Oppold 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-44 15-18 69

FG%: C.339, SFC .568. 3-pt FG: C 5-13 (Blackbull 2-4, Friesz 3-9), SFC 4-9 (Van Egdom 2-5, Unruh 2-4). Rebounds: C 23 (Knippling 7), SFC 27 (Schreur 9). Fouls: C 15, SFC 14. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists:C 6 (Evans 2, Friesz 2), SFC 10 (Barkema 5). Steals: C 6 (Evans 2, Friesz 2), SFC 5 (TEAM 1, Van Egdom 1, Vande Kamp 1, Barkema 1, Unruh 1). Blocked shots: C 1 (Blackbull 1), SFC 8 (Barkema 6). Turnovers: C 8, SFC 12.

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