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Huron sweeps Brandon Valley: Top-ranked Tigers open 2014 with victory

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 8th, 2014

Huron’s Justin Decker puts up a shot in the opening half of a game Saturday against Brandon Valley at Huron Arena. Next, Huron’s Hayden Busch looks to the basket during the opening half of a game against Brandon Valley on Saturday. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN

HURON — With seven 3-pointers, the top-ranked Huron boys’ basketball team nearly matched the total number of field goals for Brandon Valley during a 51-36 victory against the Lynx on Saturday at Huron Arena.

The victory was the fifth victory in as many outings this season for the Tigers, but the first since the Christmas-break layoff.

“Coming out of the break, you are always nervous as to how well prepared your kids are. We practice for eight days and practice gets kind of stale,” Huron coach Tim Buddenhagen said. “I think we got out really well, our kids ran the game plan and the kids looked really sharp. We kind of had a lull in the second half and we need to get rid of that lull.”

After outscoring Brandon Valley 20-10 in the opening quarter, the Tigers used a 13-6 advantage in the second quarter to carry a 33-16 lead into the second half.

Huron managed 12 points in the third quarter, but was able to add to its lead by limiting the Lynx to just seven point.

Facing a 45-23 deficit heading into the final quarter, Brandon Valley sliced into the gap by outscoring the Tigers 13-6 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

Justin Decker led Huron with 13 points on the inside, while JP Noonan and Hayden Busch added 10 points each.

The Tigers connected on seven of 21 shots from beyond the 3-point arc, with Noonan, Busch and Caleb Carr each having a pair of 3-pointers.

“We shot the ball really well from threes and that kind of breaks a team’s back when they are trying to double team your post players on the inside,” Buddenhagen said. “Our guys stepped up and hit shots. If we can continue to do that, we’re going to be dangerous.”

Huron controlled the boards by outrebounding the Lynx 34-15. Decker had six rebounds, while Caleb Carr and Busch each had five rebounds.

Saturday’s game kicked off a string of four consecutive home games against Eastern South Dakota Conference opponents for the Tigers.

“Pierre is standing at 4-0 in the ESD right now and we are 3-0, so it’s a dogfight,” Buddenhagen said of the ongoing battle for the conference title. “Yankton is 2-1, so there’s three teams right there and there’s a lot of teams with two losses.

“We have to continue to take care of our home games in the ESD and if we can do that, we have a good chance at winning the crown,” he said.

The Tigers will return to action Friday with a 7 p.m. game against Watertown at Huron Arena and then will host Brookings at 7 p.m. Saturday as part of a doubleheader.

Brandon Valley 10 16 23 36

Huron 20 33 45 51

Brandon Valley (1-3): Dominic Nealy 0 1-2 1; Dreew Reinschmidt 1 0-2 2; Jacob Adams 3 1-1 9; Austin Trevino 1 0-0 3; Devan West 1 7-10 9; Ryan Immeker 1 2-2 5; Tyler Erck 1 0-0 2; Kevin Petersen 2 0-1 4; Peter Choudek 0 1-2 1. Totals: 10 12-20 36.

Huron (5-0): JP Noonan 4 0-0 10; Will Carr 2 0-0 4; Caleb Carr 3 0-0 8; Justin Decker 6 1-2 13; Houstyn Heinz 1 0-0 3; Tre Henderson 1 1-1 3; Hayden Busch 4 0-0 10. Totals: 21 2-3 51.

Rebounds: BV 15 (West 4); H 34 (Decker 6). 3-point goals: BV 4 (Adams 2, Trevino 1, Immeker 1); H 7 (Noonan 2, C. Carr 2, Busch 2, Heinz 1). Turnovers: BV 16; H 22. Assists: BV 2; H 8 (Decker 2). Steals: BV 4; H 9 (Noonan 2, W. Carr 2, Busch 2). Fouls: BV 10; H 19.

For the complete article see the 01-07-2014 issue.

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