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Sioux Valley's third-quarter run sends it past Chamberlain in Class A state tourney

“They were struggling shooting the ball and we were getting stops. Unfortunately we weren’t scoring,” Nelson said. “... Yeah, we made a nice run in the third quarter, but that second-quarter opportunity when we were holding them down, we missed out on our opportunity.”

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Chamberlain's Drayton Priebe (2) goes to the basket around the defense of Sioux Valley's Hayden Ruesink (32) during a game in the first round of the Class A state tournament on Thursday, March 18 at the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls. (Matt Gade / Republic)

SIOUX FALLS -- Chamberlain couldn’t take advantage of a couple of chances on Thursday at the Sanford Premier Center.

It resorted to a zone defense and held Sioux Valley into a shooting slump to start, but could never shake its own poor shooting in a 53-44 loss in the Class A state tournament.

“They were struggling shooting the ball and we were getting stops. Unfortunately we weren’t scoring,” Chamberlain coach Adam Nelson said. “... Yeah, we made a nice run in the third quarter, but that second-quarter opportunity when we were holding them down, we missed out on our opportunity.”

Chamberlain (17-5) couldn’t offset a poor shooting night, especially in the first half when it shot 22.2 percent from the field and trailed 21-16 at the break. Nelson said he wished they went inside more to Sellyck McManus, who had 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Cubs shot 32.6 percent from the field and 8-for-23 from 3-point range, as outside of an 8-0 run to start the second half, it struggled to build momentum.

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Drayton Priebe and Cameron Caldwell combined to shoot 0-for-11 for the Cubs in the first half, but drilled back-to-back 3s after the break. Chamberlain took a 27-24 lead, but turnovers started to mount and Sioux Valley went on an 18-0 game-deciding run.

“First we needed to settle in offensively and get through our first-half foul trouble,” Sioux Valley coach Bill Vincent said. “Finally we got past that. And then our bench came to life, too, and was able to give us matchups where we were able to play full-court defense and force the tempo.”

Kelton Vincent, who led the Cossacks with 16 points, and Oliver Vincent scored 13 of Sioux Valley’s final 18 points in the third quarter. They helped the Cossacks (22-1) shake off a poor shooting first half to shoot 39.6 percent from the field in the win, despite going 1-for-14 from 3 in the first half. Oliver Vincent finished with 15 points.

But it was also Chamberlain committing 13 turnovers and allowing 13 offensive rebounds to give Sioux Valley extra possessions. Parker Puetz grabbed a team-high 13 boards in the win. The Cossacks capitalized with 13 second-chance points and 28 points in the paint.

“The turnovers happened and they were getting out and getting easy baskets,” Nelson said. “How many times was it they were getting wide open layups down there after a turnover or quick shot?”

Drayton Priebe paced the Cubs with 13 points, while Cameron Caldwell added 12 points and seven rebounds. Hayden Ruesink scored 12 points in the win for the Cossacks.

Sioux Valley plays Dakota Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Chamberlain plays Winner at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

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Sioux Valley 53, Chamberlain 44

Sioux Valley (22-1): Layson Lucas 0-0 0-0 0, Hayden Ruesink 6-7 0-2 12, Oliver Vincent 4-13 7-9 15, Carson Christopherson 0-0 0-0 0, Jaxton Schiller 0-0 0-0 0, Colby Gatzke 1-5 0-0 3, Kelton Vincent 5-15 4-5 16, Parker Puetz 3-7 0-0 7, Damian Danzeisen 0-1 0-0 0, Patrick Carey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 11-16 53

Chamberlain (17-5): Sellyck McManus 3-4 4-4 10, Kolby Hyland 1-1 0-2 2, Trinity Sazue 1-3 0-0 3, Cameron Caldwell 4-13 0-0 12, Dawson Gullickson 0-1 0-0 0, Drayton Priebe 4-15 3-7 13, Hayden Evans 1-6 1-2 4. Totals 14-43 8-15 44

SV 14 21 42 53

C 7 16 27 44

FG%: Chamberlain .326, Sioux Valley .396. 3-pt FG:Chamberlain 8-23 (Sazue 1-3, Caldwell 4-9, Priebe 2-6, Evans 1-5), Sioux Valley 4-24 (Ruesink 0-1, Vincent 0-5, Gatzke 1-3, Vincent 2-11, Puetz 1-3, Danzeisen 0-1). Rebounds: Chamberlain 24 (McManus 7, Caldwell 7), Sioux Valley 40 (Puetz 13). Fouls Chamberlain 16, Sioux Valley 13. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Chamberlain 11 (McManus 3, Caldwell 3, Evans 3), Sioux Valley 13 (Vincent 7). Steals: Chamberlain 3 (Hyland 1, Caldwell 1, Evans 1), Sioux Valley 7 (Vincent 3). Blocked shots: Chamberlain 0, Sioux Valley 1 (Vincent 1). Turnovers: Chamberlain 13, Sioux Valley 11.

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