Top-ranked De Smet topples No. 2 Platte-Geddes

“We just wanted to come out and play defense and play the way we play,” De Smet coach Jeff Gruenhagen said. “... Our guys came out with that focus of go out and get after it.”

Platte-Geddes' Will Miller fights his way to the basket as De Smet's Cody Cavanaugh defends during a game on Saturday during the Hanson Classic at the Corn Palace. (Matt Gade / Republic)

De Smet never trailed in a battle between the top-ranked teams in Class B.

The No. 1 Bulldogs extended their winning streak to seven games on Saturday at the Corn Palace, knocking down 3-pointers and controlling the glass in a 64-51 win over No. 2 Platte-Geddes at the Hanson Classic.

“We just wanted to come out and play defense and play the way we play,” De Smet coach Jeff Gruenhagen said. “... Our guys came out with that focus of go out and get after it.”

Despite a size disadvantage, De Smet (11-1) forced Platte-Geddes out of the paint and held a 30-20 rebounding advantage.

The Black Panthers (8-1) weren’t able to force passes into the 6-foot-4 Caden Foxley or 6-foot-5 Kelby VanDerWerff, rather extended their range to the 3-point line where they shot 6 of 20 in the game. They didn’t hit open looks, and led by De Smet’s Kalen Garry and Rett Osthus grabbing nine and seven rebounds, respectively, weren’t able to get put-backs.


Meanwhile, Garry set the tone with three offensive rebounds, which led to easy put-backs during his 21-point performance. He shot 9-for-13 from the field and 3 of 6 from deep, using step-backs and his quickness to create open looks.

“They thumped us on the rebounds,” Platte-Geddes coach Frank Cutler said. “In the first half, we couldn’t get a defensive rebound. They kept getting opportunities. When a good team like this gets an opportunity, they use it to make a 3 or drive and shoot a layup.”

De Smet’s ball movement helped it capitalize on second chances. Osthus dished out six assists and Cody Cavanaugh finished with four, as the Bulldogs whipped passes around to open shooters. They finished 8-for-19 from 3, including Ethan McCune connecting on four triples in his 15-point game.

While Garry scored 17 points in the first half to help De Smet build a 37-23 lead, it was more than a one-man performance. He earned his fourth foul with 3:41 remaining in the third, but De Smet outscored Platte-Geddes 11-6 the rest of the quarter to extend its lead to 60-35 while he sat on the bench.
“I’m usually not on the bench, so that was quite the sight to see deep in the game and in a big game like that,” Garry said. “It was awesome to see my teammates do that.”

After being shutout in the first half, Foxley scored a team-high 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting, which included capping an 11-0 run to start the fourth quarter with an and-one. VanDerWerff also added 14 points and seven boards, but even as he hit a 3/4-court shot to end the first quarter, mostly relied on his outside shot rather than getting into the post. They combined for 11 rebounds.

De Smet kept them off the glass, and in turn, off the scoreboard.

“We’ve been working on boxing out and rebounding the ball,” Garry said. “That’s what we want to do. We want to back-side help and close out on to the shooters and the skip passes.”

De Smet Bulldogs host Colman-Egan on Thursday. Platte-Geddes play Parkston on Monday in Platte.


De Smet 64, Platte-Geddes 51

De Smet (11-1): Rett Osthus 2-6 3-3 7, Kalen Garry 9-13 0-0 21, Cody Cavanaugh 3-4 2-2 8, Ethan McCune 5-7 1-1 15, Tory Holland 2-6 2-2 7, Gannon Gurenhagen 0-0 0-0 0, Colt Wilkinson 0-1 0-0 0, Kasen Janssen 0-0 0-0 0, Kadyn Fast 0-0 0-0 0, Blake VanRegenmorter 0-0 0-0 0, Damon Wilkinson 3-6 0-0 6, Quinton Poppinga 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 24-43 8-9 64.

Platte-Geddes (8-1): Jackson Neuman 0-0 1-2 1, Will Miller 2-7 0-2 5, Brody Boltjes 2-4 0-0 6, Caden Foxley 6-10 3-5 15, Kelby VanDerWerff 4-12 3-3 14, Hayes Rabenberg 1-7 0-0 3, Nate Whalen 2-3 3-4 7, Dawson Hoffman 0-1 0-0 0, Joey Foxley 0-0 0-0 0, Aiden Bultje 0-0 0-0, Cade Nachtigal 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson Olsen 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 17-44 11-17 51.

DS 18 37 60 64

PG 12 23 35 51

3-pointers: DS 8-19 (McCune 4-6, Garry 3-6, Holland 1-3, Osthus 0-3, C. Wilkinson 0-1); PG 6-20 (Boltjes 2-3, Miller 1-3, VanDerWerff 2-8, Rabenberg 1-5. J. Foxley 1-5). Rebounds: DS 30 (Garry 9, Osthus 7); PG 20 (VanDerWerff 7). Assists: DS 11 (Osthus 6, Cavanaugh 4); PG 14 (Neuman 3, B. Boltjes 3, VanDerWerff 3). Blocked shots: DS 5 (D. Wilkinson 3); PG 2. Steals: DS 1; PG 4. Turnovers: DS 14; PG 6. Total fouls: DS 18; PG 10.

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