ABERDEEN — The North came into the night with the goal of getting Dakota Thorstensen a dunk.
Instead, it was a 3-point barrage by the South in the second half that helped give the South squad a 97-93 win Tuesday night in the South Dakota Boys’ All-Star game at the Northern State Barnett Center.
The North squad led 55-47 at the halftime break thanks to a balanced scoring effort. Drew Planteen of Langford and Trae VandeBerg of Madison led the way with nine points apiece for the North.
It was the South, however, that uncovered a third-quarter turnaround. Skyler Bertram (Chamberlain), Scott Van Winkle (Bon Homme) and Jake Anderson (Parker) drained three straight threes to pull the South to within one at 57-56.
“We’re all pretty good shooters,” said Jack Huether of Viborg-Hurley, who led the South squad with 21 points on 4-of-7 shooting from long range. “We had confidence in our shot. We just went out and shot the ball.”
An up-and-under move by Kory Diefendorf (Beresford) gave the South a brief lead, which VandeBerg took back on the next possession. From there, the physicality of the game began to ramp up and with it, the intensity.
“We knew they were going to come out and be physical and play hard,” Huether said. “We just decided to play harder.”
“The kids just felt like they outplayed them in the first half,” said South head coach Clayton Steele of South Central High School. “Just right at the end there, we kind of went cold at the end of the half and they got ahead of us.”
After VandeBerg’s bucket put the North back on top, the South’s relentless pursuit slowly pushed the team back in front. Huether, Van Winkle, Bertram and Anderson teamed up for six treys between them in the second half.
The North squad, however, refused to go quietly, pushing back in the fourth quarter. The team used its length advantage to rally from a 75-68 quarter deficit to close to within two at 87-85 with four minutes left in the game. There it lingered through the closing minutes before Huether pushed it to a four-point game with the back end of a pair of free throws with under a minute left to go.
“We would have liked to win,” said Sisseton standout Jordan Cornelius, who finished with just six points. “We had to turn up the intensity in the second half. Third quarter we played a little harder and fourth quarter, we gave it all. Just wasn’t enough.”
The South gave the North a few chances to take over late in the game, turning the ball over three times in the final two minutes and misfiring on free throw chances that would have helped seal the win.
“We allowed them to kind of stay with us,” Steele said. “But then the kids finished it. They were a great group of kids to coach.”
Caleb Carr of Huron led the North with 20 points and nine rebounds, while VandeBerg added another 16 points. Jake Seales (Rapid City Central) had 13 points, while Planteen finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots for the North.
In addition to Huether’s 21 points, the South got 17 points each from Van Winkle and Diefendorf. Bertram came off the bench for an even dozen.
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South 24 47 75 97
North 22 54 68 93
SOUTH: Jack Huether 7-13 3-7 21, Scott Van Winkle 7-10 0-0 17, Cody Willett 3-10 2-4 8, Seamus O’Malley 4-6 2-4 11, Nick Jensen 2-4 0-0 4, Kory Diefendorf 7-11 0-0 17, Blake Bartscher 1-7 0-0 2, Skyler Bertram 3-5 4-6 12, Jake Anderson 1-8 2-2 5. Totals 35-74 13-23 97.
NORTH: Trae VandeBerg 6-13 2-6 16, Caleb Carr 8-14 2-2 20, Jordan Cornelius 2-7 1-2 6, Dakota Thorstenson 0-3 2-2 2, Mitch Prouty 1-2 3-4 6, Jake Seales 3-7 6-7 13, Drew Planteen 3-4 4-5 10, Reilly Ell 2-5 0-0 5, Jesse Poppen 1-8 1-2 4, Cole Casper 2-3 0-0 5, Nathan Miller 2-5 1-2 6, Matt Rohrbach 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-73 22-32 93.
3-point field goals — South 14-35 (Huether 4-7, Van Winkle 3-4, Willett 0-3, O’Malley 1-2, Diefendorf 3-6, Bartscher 0-2, Bertram 2-4, Anderson 1-7); North 11-36 (VandeBerg 2-6, Carr 2-3. Cornelius 1-5, Prouty 1-2, Seales 1-3, Ell 1-4, Poppen 1-6, Casper 1-1, Miller 1-4. Rohrbach 0-2). Total fouls — South 23; North 15. Fouled out — Jensen. Rebounds — South 44 (Anderson 9); North 46 (Carr 9). Turnovers — South 23; North 21. Assists — South 14 (Bartscher 8); North 8 (Rohrbach 2). Steals — South 14 (Huether 3); North 13 (VandeBerg 4). Blocked shots — South 2 (Van Winkle, Willett); North 6 (Planteen 2).
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