Huron boys hold on for win against Knights


HURON — The Huron Tigers fell behind 15-7 at the end of the first quarter, but the Tigers rebounded to grab a lead in the third quarter that they wouldn’t give up the rest of the way in an exciting 58-55 victory over the O’Gorman Knights Tuesday at Huron Arena.

The Tigers move to 12-7 while the Knights fall to 10-9.

Things started well for the Tigers as the ball worked around the offense on the opening possession and Anderson Porisch ended up open for a three to open scoring.

Austin Terveen hit a pull up jumper and then drained a three from the top of the key for O’Gorman and Ryland Satter made a backdoor layup for O’Gorman to quickly jump out to a 7-3 lead.

Blake Ellwein got on the board with a put back basket, but Satter got another layup as the Knights broke the Huron press.

That’s when 5’9” sophomore Taten Mauney made his presence felt in the game. Mauney stole the ball on defense and then found his way underneath for a put back. He then used his lightning quickness to get from the top of the key to the hoop before the Huron defense could react.

Just before the end of the first quarter, Mauney got a steal and layup to make it 15-7 visitors at the end of the first period.

Ellwein nailed a deep three to beat the shot clock to open the second quarter, but the rest of the Tigers continued to struggle to make shots. After a pair of free throws for the Knights, Ellwein hit a pull up jumper to make it 17-12 O’Gorman.

Satter drove hard, made the basket and hit his free throw to push the lead to 20-12.

Ellwein hit a free throw and Porisch got a put back to get within five, but then Nyun Dut sliced in for a layup and Austin Terveen pulled up for a jumper to make it 24-15, O’Gorman’s biggest lead of the game.

Huron then went on a run. Trace Wenz hit a three, Carsen Evans got a bucket underneath. Ellwein made a trio of free throws and Porisch got a put back on his own miss to cut the O’Gorman lead to 26-25.

A controversial foul as time ran out in the first half gave Satter one more foul shot before half, sending O’Gorman to the midway point up 27-25.

Caleb Terveen, the twin brother of Austin, hit a three for O’Gorman to open the second half, but Huron then quickly got a corner three from Ellwein and a three from Gavin Moeding to take the lead 31-30. They would not trail again in the game.

Ellwein drove hard from the top of the key and Porisch finished a long outlet pass from Ellwein with a lay-in to make it 35-30 Huron.

Mauney exploded up the lane for a bucket to stop the 10-0 Huron run, but Porisch answered with a deep three.

Mauney ran hard over Moeding, making the layup, but also getting a foul called against Moeding, to the dismay of the crowd and the Tiger bench. He hit his free throw, then Caleb Terveen made a lay-in the next time down for the Knights to bring it within one at 38-37 with a minute remaining in the third.

Colton McNeil hit one of two free throws, Porisch got a layin after a steal by CJ Gainey, one of five on the night, and Ellwein made a pair of free throws after an intentional foul by Austin Terveen to send Huron into the fourth with a 43-37 lead.

The Tigers opened the final period with an impressive move by Holden Hegg for a bucket, but Satter answered with a pair of free throws in what would become a theme for the Knights in the fourth quarter.

Moeding went in for an up-and-under move down low, but Austin Terveen drew Ellwein’s third foul and made a pair of charity shots.

Moeding hit one of two free throws, but Satter got a put back and Austin Terveen made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 48-45.

Moeding got a layup after a Tiger steal and Ellwein went hard to the hoop for a 52-45 Huron lead with five minutes remaining, but Moeding then committed his fourth foul and the Huron point guard had to sit for some time.

The Knights took advantage, closing the game to 52-50 before McNeil hit a corner three to make it 55-50. Austin Terveen hit a jumper to make it 55-52.

The Knights got the ball back and got a clutch three from Dut in front of his own bench to tie the score, but Porisch took the ball on the ensuing possession, drove to the hoop and drew a foul. He sank his first free throw and Ellwein followed with two free throws with six seconds left.

Austin Terveen had a good look at a three for O’Gorman at the buzzer that fell short for a 58-55 Huron victory.

Huron coach Tim Buddenhagen was very pleased with how his team responded after a tough first half.

“I thought the second half we let it all hang out and played loose,” Buddenhagen said. “Grateful that the guys stuck together and came together at halftime and we had a great win.”

The Tigers were led by Ellwein with 22 points and also had four blocks. Porisch bucketed 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Moeding had eight points and four assists.

Austin Terveen hit for 15 points to lead the Knights. Satter scored 12 and Mauney came off the bench for 11.

The Tigers close out the regular season Thursday at Brandon Valley. Buddenhagen hopes Tuesday’s game can propel the team forward into the rest of the year, whatever may remain.

“We have to be an aggressive team - just play free. We’ve got to get used to this kind of game,” Buddenhagen explained. “This really got our guys ready to play Brandon Thursday and what a SoDak 16 game will be like. From here on out, nothing is going to be easy.”

O’Gorman 15 27 37 55
Huron 7 25 43 58

O’Gorman (10-9): Ryland Satter 4 4-5 12, Hayden Groos 0 2-2 2, Austin Terveen 4 6-8 15, John Lent 1 0-0 2, Caleb Terveen 2 0-2 5, Taten Mauney 5 1-1 11, Nyun Dut 3 1-2 8. Totals: 19 14-20 55.

Huron (12-7): Trace Wenz 1 0-0 3, Colton McNeil 1 1-2 4, Gavin Moeding 3 1-2 8, Holden Hegg 1 0-0 2, Kolton Ogle 0 2-2 2, Blake Ellwein 6 8-10 22, Anderson Porisch 6 1-2 15, Carsen Evans 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19 13-18 58.

FG: OG - 19/46 41%; H - 19/52 37%. 3-pt FG: OG 3/12 (ATerveen, CTerveen, Dut); H 7/27 (Ellwein 2, Porisch 2, McNeil, Moeding, Wenz). Rebounds: OG 31 (Groos 7), H 32 (Porisch 7). Steals: OG 7 (Lent, Mauney 2), H 9 (Gainey 5). Assists: OG 7 (Groos 5), H 13 (Moeding 4). Turnovers: OG 17, H 17. Fouls: OG 15, H 14.