Spartans, Blackhawks to play for 281 boys' title

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WOLSEY — The Wessington Springs Spartans came back from an 11-point halftime deficit Tuesday, to post a 58-56 come-from-behind win over the James Valley Christian Vikings and move into Thursday evening’s title tilt in the boys’ 281 Conference Tournament.

JVC led 30-11 at the half, but the Spartans cut the margin to eight after three quarters and then turned Parker Graff loose in the fourth quarter to earn the win.

Graff ended the game with 29 points - 18 of them in the final period, including a floater at the final buzzer for the win - to overtake the Vikings. Ryder Michalek added 19 points and had seven rebounds for

Wessington Springs, which improves to 8-1 with the win.

For JVC, which falls to 3-5, Jerrad Wallman scored 17 points and claimed 11 rebounds, while Dax Frandsen added 14 points and Isaac Korell chipped in 10. Davis Chase contributed nine rebounds for the Vikings.

Wessington Springs will play Sanborn Central/Woonsocket in the championship Thursday night at Huron Arena, while JVC will face Wolsey-Wessington for third place.

James Valley Christian   13 30 43 56
Wessington Springs       11 19 35 58

JAMES VALLEY CHRISTIAN (3-5): Dax Frandsen 6 0-0 14; Ethan Bartholow 3 0-2 6; Isaac Korell 4 0-0 10; Davis Chase 3 3-3 9; Jerrad Wallman 8 0-1 17. Totals: 23 3-6 56

WESSINGTON SPRINGS (8-1): Blake Larson 2 0-0 4; Parker Graff 10 5-9 29; Ryder Michalek 7 2-4 19; Colby Flowers 2 2-3 6. Totals: 21 9-16 58.

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket 43, Wolsey-Wessington 36
WOLSEY - The Sanborn Central/Woonsocket Blackhawks survived a defensive battle with the Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds Tuesday in the 281 Conference Boys’ Tournament in Wolsey to earn a spot in Thursday’s championship game.

The win moves the Blackhawks to 5-5 while the Warbirds fall to 8-2.

The Blackhawks were down 31-29 entering the final period but outscored the Warbirds 14-5 in the fourth.

Payton Uecker and Trey Moody led the Blackhawks with 10 points apiece. Moody also nabbed 14 rebounds.

The Warbirds were led by Moshe Richmond and Tate French, each with 12 points.

The Blackhawks will face top-seeded Wessington Springs in Thursday’s championship game. Wolsey-Wessington will square off with James Valley Christian in the third-place game, all at the Huron Arena.

Sanborn Cent/Woon 12 16 29 43
Wolsey-Wessington  11 17 31 36

Sanborn Central/Woonsocket (5-5): Jeff Boschee 3 0-0 6, Bryce Larson 3 2-4 9, Payton Uecker 3 2-6 10, Trey Moody 5 0-0 10, Cody Slykhuis 3 0-0 8. Totals: 17 4-10 43.

Wolsey-Wessington (8-2): Peyton Rainford 2 0-0 5, Caleb Richmond 2 0-0 5, Moshe Richmond 4 4-9 12, Colin Hughes 1 0-2 2, Tate French 5 0-0 12. 14 4-11 36.

Highmore-Harrold 65, Sunshine Bible Academy 34
HURON - The Highmore-Harrold Pirates put down the defensive clamps in the second half, allowing the Sunshine Bible Academy Crusaders just 11 points in the final half, on the way to a 65-34 victory in 281 Conference Boys’ Tournament consolation action at JVC gym.

Carson Stephenson led the Pirates, now 4-6, with 18 poitns and Trake Cowan had 18 points and 11 rebounds for H-H.

The Crusaders fall to 1-7 despite 16 points from Dominic Kalacinski and 10 points for Trey Thieman.

Sunshine Bible Academy 10 23 29 34

Highmore-Harrold        19 39 50 65

Sunshine Bible Academy (1-7): Trey Thieman 3 3-6 10, Owan Watson 1 0-0 3, River Jones 1 0-0 2, Dominic Kalacinski 7 0-0 16, Jensen Wipf 1 1-2 3. Totals: 13 4-8 34.

Highmore-Harrold (4-6): Carson Stephenson 6 2-2 18, Miles McPeak 1 4-8 7, Aidan Ferens 3 0-0 6, Caleb Roth 2 0-1 4, Trake Cowan 9 0-0 18, Brooks McPeak 1 0-0 2, Jayden Erfman 1 0-0 3, Wyatt Faulstich 1 0-0 2, Jordan Erfman 2 0-0 4, Aitor Ortega 0 1-2 1. Totals: 26 7-13 65

FG: SBA - 13/49 27%; HH - 26/39 67%. 3-pt FG: SBA 4/18 (Kalacinski 2, Thieman, Watson); HH 6/13 (Stephenson 4, MMcPeak, JyErfman). Rebounds: SBA 27 (JWipf 5), HH 33 (Cowan 11). Steals: SBA 19, HH 16. Assists: SBA 10, HH 9. Turnovers SBA 22, HH 18. Fouls: SBA 16 (RJones out), HH 11.

Hitchcock-Tulare 58, Iroquois/Lake Preston 37
HURON — The Hitchcock-Tulare Patriots ran past the Iroquois/Lake Preston Sharks 58-37 Tuesday night in a consolation semifinal game at the boys’ 281 Conference Tournament at the James Valley Christian Gymnasium.

Erik Salmen scored 21 points, Patrick Maynard added and Jackson Maynard chipped in 12 for the Patriots, who improve to 4-5 with the win.

For ILP, Lucas Peskey scored 12 points and had six rebounds.

The Sharks, now 1-9, will face Sunshine Bible Academy Thursday morning in the seventh place game, while HT will take on Highmore-Harrold for fifth place.

Iroquois/Lake Preston     3 18 30 37
Hitchcock-Tulare      12 25 43 58

IROQUOIS/LAKE PRESTON (1-10): Josh McMasters 2 4-4 9; Lucas Pesky 6 0-0 12; Weston Woodcock 1 0-0 3; Nathan Enninga 0 0-2 0; Rexton Blue 3 0-2 7; Ben Curd 0 0-4 0; Raysom Timm 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 4-10 37

HITCHCOCK-TULARE (4-5): Brendan Nowell 2 2-2 6; Blaze Binger 0 0-1 1; Erik Salmen 9 3-4 21; Patrick Maynard 5 4-6 16; Jackson Maynard 3 6-9 12; Devin Enander 0 2-2 2. Totals: 19 17-27 58.