Joe Sayler's 37 points pushes White River to Class B third-place victory

South Dakota State commit was 15-for-16 (93%) from the free-throw line against Potter County.

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White River's Joe Sayler attempts a reverse layup during the second half of the Class B boys basketball tournament third place game against Potter County on Saturday, Mar. 19, 2022 in Aberdeen.
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ABERDEEN – The White River Tigers’ offense was extremely efficient on Saturday, shooting over 50% from the field as they pulled away from the Potter County Battlers for the 83-74 victory in the third-place game of the Class B boys basketball state tournament at the Barnett Center.

Joe Sayler led the White River offense, finishing with a double-double with 37 points and 10 rebounds. Sayler got to the line any way he wanted, and he made those trips count as he shot 15-for-16 (93%) from the free-throw line against Potter County. As a team, the Tigers shot 23-for-25 (92%) from the foul line as they made Potter County’s 20 team fouls hurt.

White River’s Dylan Marshall had a double-double as well, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Tigers take home Class B third-place honors.

Potter County’s Grant Luikens went back-and-forth with Sayler, finishing with 31 points and nine rebounds as the Battlers finish in fourth place.

Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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