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Strong second half carries Blackhawks over Trojans

A second-half surge propelled Sanborn Central/Woonsocket past Parkston in the third game of the Dakota Wesleyan University Culver's Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's Josh Feiner, right, drives to the basket as Parkston's Dillan Thuringer, left, tries to defend him during a DWU Culver's Classic boys basketball game on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer/Republic)
Sanborn Central/Woonsocket's Josh Feiner, right, drives to the basket as Parkston's Dillan Thuringer, left, tries to defend him during a DWU Culver's Classic boys basketball game on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

A second-half surge propelled Sanborn Central/Woonsocket past Parkston in the third game of the Dakota Wesleyan University Culver's Classic on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

The Blackhawks-winners of seven straight-exploded for 43 points the final two quarters and earned a 73-55 win over the Trojans.

Fueled by Dillon Moore's 21 points and a suffocating defensive effort, Sanborn Central/Woonsocket turned a 30-28 halftime lead into a 51-37 lead at the end of the third quarter.

"One of our keys was our ball pressure up front," SCW co-head coach Troy Olson said. "They are so good inside, so our focus was to keep the ball outside and away. Our guards did a great job out front throughout the game and kept them out of rhythm."

Along with Moore, Brady Tiede added 17 points and Josh Feiner chipped in 11 points. The Blackhawks (15-3) recorded nine steals and forced 14 Parkston turnovers in the win.

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"They out-hustled us," Parkston head coach Craig Bruening said. "They put more pressure on us than we did. We didn't handle the ball pressure."

Dillan Thuringer led the Trojans with 16 points, while Jake DeLange and Wes Genant added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Parkston (11-6) went 21-of-49 from the field for 42 percent shooting in the loss.

SCW went 29-of-53 from the field (54 percent), 9-of-16 from behind the arc (56 percent) and 6-of-9 from the line (67 percent).

With two games left on their schedule, the Blackhawks are looking to earn the top seed in District 6B, which Wolsey-Wessington currently holds.

"We have to stay hungry and this bunch is," said Olson, whose team takes on Mitchell Christian on Thursday in Forestburg. "They want a taste of some postseason success and they work for it. We are going to try and keep it going in the right direction."

For Parkston, the Trojans have suffered back-to-back losses after a three-game winning streak and will look to bounce back against Region 5A foe Mount Vernon/Plankinton on Friday in Parkston.

"We need to start doing the little things better," Bruening said. "We need to anticipate things more, rather than react."

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SCW 16 30 51 73

Parkston (11-7)

Scoring: Jordan McKean 2 Jake DeLange 11 Alex Scott 6 Dillan Thuringer 16 Wes Genant 10 Brady Albrecht 8 Kellan Culbert 2

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (15-3)

Trevor Olson 9 Josh Feiner 11 Dillon Moore 21 Tucker Kingsbury 7 Brady Tiede 17 Trey Weber 2 Trent Kingsbury 4 Jastyn Ford 2

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