What We Learned This Weekend


Posted On: 01/22/18 12:43 PM

(Photo: Jon Klemme / For the Argus Leader)

Friday night showcased a matchup between the top-ranked team in Class AA Harrisburg and Sioux Falls Washington and the top two ranked teams in Class A, Sioux Falls Christian, and Madison. On Saturday over in Mitchell, the Hanson Classic provided us with some dunks, last second games and a reminder of how important free throws are.

Sioux Falls Christian is Good

They went into Madison and took down the No. 1 team in their own gym. They showcased that they are deserving of that No. 1 rank in Class A. Gavin Schnipper had 21 points for Chargers as they won by eight, 75-63. The whole game was made of run’s, with each team trading momentum back and forth. With SFC leading Madison 63-61 with just under four minutes to go, the Charger’s had the game’s final and decisive run, a 12-2 run to end the game. SDSU signee Aaron Fiegen finished with 22 for the Bulldogs.

Harrisburg is the Real Deal

 The Tigers of Harrisburg haven’t won a state boys basketball title in 58 years, but if they continue to play at this high of a level that could change this year. They erased a 15-point first-half deficit to down the Sioux Falls Washington Warriors 69-59. Chase Altenberg had a game-high 20 points, Nick Hoyt added 19 for the Tigers. The Tigers improve to 10-0 on the season.

Langford Area’s Mason Larson has hops and so does Dylan LeBrun

Even though Canistota defeated Langford 56-50, Mason Larson showed us a highlight reel and-one dunk earlier in the game. He stole the ball and dribbled down and dunked it while getting fouled on the play. Later in the day, Dylan LeBrun had a nice dunk against Tea Area as well. Dakota Wesleyan and Augustana are getting some athletes next year.

Tea Area Learned That Free Throws Are Crucial

With just under 20 seconds left to play Tea Area nails the game-tying three, and then on the other end, Flandreau answers back to take the lead 68-66 with 8 seconds left. Then Tea Area is fouled and goes to the line for two to bring it to overtime, but misses the last one to lose 68-67. Noah Freidel ended up with 21 points, Justin Hohn added 16 for the Titans. Dylan LeBrun had a game-high 32 points and Nathan Kneebone added 18 for the Fliers.