Posted On: 03/2/18 4:00 PM
A win for either team gets them one step closer to the main goal of reaching the state tournament in Rapid City.
Both teams are coming off very successful seasons. Sioux Valley is the No. 3 ranked team in Class A, while Flandreau has a superstar and a possible making of another one in the LeBrun brothers. Senior Dylan LeBrun is ranked No. 4 in our 2018 prospect rankings, he dropped 40 on cross-town rival Flandreau Indian last Tuesday. He also had 10 boards, four assists and swatted the ball three times. His little brother, junior Connor LeBrun had five dimes on Tuesday as well. He is ranked No.12 in our 2019 prospect rankings. Junior Nate Kneebone and the younger LeBrun brother look to become the leaders of the team next year.
Sioux Valley, on the other hand, has Trevor Hanson. He is ranked No. 1 in our 2018 prospect rankings. If the older LeBrun brother and Hanson end up guarding each other that will be a good matchup to watch. Hanson is a little bigger muscle wise, but LeBrun is quick and agile.
The Fliers led the whole first half and had a six-point lead at halftime. Then slipped up a little in the third quarter trailing by two at the end of the third quarter. They trailed by as many as eight but climbed back to tie it at 58 with 1:47 left to go. Flandreau would only score one point the rest of the game and would end up losing 66-59. Both teams shot very poorly from the three-point land and Sioux Valley forced 12 turnovers versus four for the Cossacks.
Flandreau has to shoot well, LeBrun won’t be able to defeat Sioux Valley on his own. If the game replicates the last time they play, Flandreau can’t fall apart in the third quarter and the last minutes of the game. Free throws are a huge factor and missed layups even if they are in the first seconds of the game.
Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. in Volga.