Posted On: 03/3/18 10:00 AM

Sioux Valley defeated Flandreau 65-63 after sophomore Max Nielson drove to the basket and laid a difficult layup in to eventually win the game. He would end up with 14 but none bigger than that last bucket.

First Half

The game started out a very fast-paced game with both teams trading baskets. Then Sioux Valley went lights out from shooting to end the first, they ended the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 22-11 lead. The Cossacks shot 50 percent from three-point land after the first quarter compared to Flandreau’s 20 percent. The Cossacks continued their hot shooting in the second quarter, but Flandreau made a run of its own to climb back in the game. The Flyers put a 9-0 run to close in 32-24 before the half and would close the gap even more. At halftime, Sioux Valley led 35-30.

Second half

Sioux Valley came out of the half just like they did in the first half, on fire. They built a 49-38 lead late in the third quarter. Flandreau then switched into a 2-3 zone, which helped a little more than the score showed. The Flyers trailed 57-48 at the end of three. Going into the final quarter Sioux Valley made 10 three’s compared to Flandreau’s 6. The fourth quarter Flandreau senior Dylan LeBrun did everything he could to bring the Flyers back. It was a great finish, tie game with 20 seconds left. Nielson drove on the left side and flips it in with his right hand. Cossacks up by two with less than 10 seconds left, and Flandreau misses a top of the key contested shot to win it.


Trevor Hanson and Dylan LeBrun are good. LeBrun had 26, and Hanson had 19. They team up next year at Augustana, that should be fun to watch.

Sophomore Phenom! Nielson was a huge factor finishing with 14. He was active on the offensive side even when he didn’t have the ball. And made a nice move to score the winning basket.

Flandreau showed toughness and heart after trailing more than 10 at times. They kept on finding ways to climb back in the game even when Sioux Valley was hitting on all cylinders.

Flandreau ends a successful season, but have a couple sophomore’s and juniors who will pick up where they left off this season.

Sioux Valley advances to the Round of 16 on Tuesday night. They will be the No. 3 seed playing against the No. 14 seed Hot Springs in Pierre.