Huron’s Houstyn Heinz put the ball on the floor while being guarded by Brandon Valley’s Nic Peterson during their game Thursday in the opening round of the Class AA State Tournament at Sioux Falls Arena. In the next photo, Huron’s Adam Zwanziger goes to the basket against Brandon Valley’s Jacob Bruget, left, and Nic Peterson during their game Thursday. PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN
SIOUX FALLS — The Huron boys’ basketball team had its state title hopes crushed as Brandon Valley cruised to its eighth consecutive victory with a 62-29 victory over the Tigers in the opening round of the Class AA State Tournament on Thursday at Sioux Falls Arena.
The fifth-seeded Lynx outscored its fourth-seeded opponent 20-8 in the second quarter for an insurmountable 35-20 lead at the half.
“There’s three types of teams and we talked to our guys continually all season about it. There are teams that wish that things would happen, teams that want things to happen and teams that make things happen,” Huron coach Tim Buddenhagen said. “Brandon Valley made things happen today and we just kind of got caught watching. When we watch, all of a sudden their lead ballooned up and we just didn’t have an answer offensively.”
The most offense for the Tigers came in the opening quarter, where they scored 12 points.
Adam Zwanziger and Justin Decker connected on back-to-back possessions to give Huron its biggest lead of the game at 4-0. After the Lynx evened things up, JP Noonan regained the lead for the Tigers with a 3-pointer.
The two teams then swapped the lead five times before the end of the opening stanza.
Zwanziger scored five straight points, including a 3-pointer, to give Huron its final advantage at 12-10.
The Lynx answered with a 3-pointer by Jacob Adams on the ensuing possession and closed the quarter with a 5-0 run to carry a 15-12 lead into the second quarter.
“I thought the big play was when Adam hit that three in the corner,” Buddenhagen said. “Right after Adam’s three that put us up, what we needed to do was get a stop there, but we don’t identify where Adams is and he knocks down a big jump shot.”
Brandon Valley then used a 10-2 run to start the second quarter, which included back-to-back 3-pointers by Adam Bauer and Nic Peterson before the media timeout at the 4:31 mark.
Half of Huron’s six points during the final four minutes of the second quarter came on the second 3-pointer of the game by JP Noonan. However, turnovers by the Tigers allowed Brandon Valley to put up 10 more points to carry a 35-20 lead into the break.
Huron’s offensive woes continued during the second half, as it scored just five points in the third quarter and managed just four points in the final quarter.
“Defensively, we couldn’t get stops when we needed them. We never strung anything together and we apologize to the Huron community because it was a poor effort by us,” Buddenhagen said. “Don’t take anything away from Brandon because they are an exceptional team, well coached. They played a great game.
“We’re just embarrassed by our performance,” he said. “Hopefully we can rebound tomorrow.”
Peterson finished with a game-high 20 points to lead the Lynx, who improved to 17-6. Adams also reached double figures with 10 points, while Chase Marso and Bauer added nine points each.
“We did a nice job on Marso, but Peterson continually got to the lane with his left hand and shot jumpers,” Buddenhagen said. “What happened was he’s dribbling, hesitates, pauses and we bit on the pause and he goes. We kind of relax on the pause and he got to the lane. Once he started shooting the ball well, then he was tough.”
Decker had 12 points to lead the Tigers, who are now 16-8, while Zwanziger and Noonan added seven and six points, respectively.
Brandon Valley advances to face top-seeded Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the semifinals at 6 p.m. today.
Huron will meet up with Rapid City Stevens in the consolation semifinals at noon today.
“Hopefully we can regroup. Stevens is going to be a tough out because they have guards that can shoot it and they have (Steven) Schaefer who can get to the rim,” Buddenhagen said. “They are just going to be a tough out.”
The Tigers escaped with a 52-50 victory against Stevens during the regular season on Dec. 14 at Huron Arena.
“I don’t know if we can recover from this,” Buddenhagen said of his team’s performance in the opening round. “We’re going to have to figure out what we’re going to do as a coaching staff to try to get our guys ready to go for tomorrow. This is a tough one to swallow, especially when you thought you had a chance to get to the next round.
“For whatever reason, we just didn’t play well. We gave up probably more points in the first half today than we did in the three first halves combined in our three other tournament games,” he said. “Very disappointed, I don’t know what to say. We just didn’t play well and give all the credit to Brandon Valley, because they had a lot to do with that.”
BRANDON VALLEY 62, HURON 29
Brandon Valley 15 35 52 62
Huron 12 20 25 29
BRANDON VALLEY (17-6): Adams 4-8 1-3 10, Bauer 3-4 2-2 9, Marso 3-13 3-3 9, N. Peterson 8-9 3-4 20, Winter 2-3 0-0 4, Nealy 2-2 0-0 4, Bruget 1-1 0-0 2, Albertson 0-1 0-0 0, Immeker 0-1 0-0 0, Sjoberg 1-2 0-0 2, Erck 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 25-46 9-17 62.
HURON (16-8): Noonan 2-4 0-0 6, Carr 0-2 0-0 0, Morrison 0-1 0-0 0, Zwanziger 3-5 0-0 7, Decker 5-9 2-3 12, Heinz 0-2 0-0 0, Brooks 0-2 0-0 0, Kopfmann 0-1 0-0 0, C.Carr 1-1 1-2 3, Busch 0-2 0-0 0, Henderson 0-1 0-0 0, Sporrer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 11-31 4-7 29.
3-pointers: BV 3-9 (Marso 0-4, Peterson 1-1, Bauer 1-1, Adams 1-1, Alberston 0-1, Sjoberg 0-1), Huron 3-10 (Noonan 2-3, W.Carr 0-2, Zwanziger 1-1, Heinz 0-1, Brooks 0-1, Kopfman 0-1, Busch 0-1). Rebounds: BV 26 (Marson 5), Huron 20 (Decker 3). Assists: BV 15 (Marso 3, Winter 3), Huron 7 (Heinz 2). Total fouls: BV 14, Huron 14.
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