Sioux Falls Christian cruises to Class A consolation championship victory

The Chargers built their lead as large as 20 points as they ran away from Winner in the Class A fourth-place game

Sioux Falls Christian's Cole Snyder uses a size-up dribble during the Class A boys basketball state tournament consolation championship game against Winner on Saturday, Mar. 19, 2022 in Rapid City.
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RAPID CITY -- The 2021 Class A boys champions, the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers, got a tough draw this year, having to play undefeated Dakota Valley in the quarterfinals of this year’s Class A boys state basketball tournament.

However, after pushing Dakota Valley to the brink in the opening game, the Chargers ran the table in the consolation bracket, finishing the job with a 67-52 victory over the Winner Warriors (23-3) at The Monument in Rapid City.

Sioux Falls Chrisitan (16-10) had a dominant second quarter, holding Winner to just six points as it built a double-digit lead. The Chargers outscored the Warriors 19-6 in the second as their lead built as large as 20 points.

Ethan Bruns led the way for the Chargers, finishing with a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Brooks Nelson had 17 points as well on a 6-for-10 shooting performance.

Winner's Blake Volmer matched the game-high with 17 points along with six rebounds.


After winning the Class A championship in 2021, this is Sioux Falls Christian’s first consolation championship since 2002. Winner finishes in sixth place in after a 23-win season.

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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