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Posted On: 09/26/18 4:35 PM
The Yankton Bucks won their first title in nearly 40 years with a 17-7 record.
What’s more exciting is the future for the Bucks, with Matthew Mors and Rex Ryken returning the Bucks look to have one of the best stretches in recent history.
Speaking of the future, there are a couple names in the eighth-grade class that look familiar Michael Mors and Rugby Ryken. Younger brothers of current Bucks stars Matthew and Rex. By the time they are seniors, Yankton could put together an incredible run.
According to Rivals.com 11 Divison I schools are interested in Matthew Mors who as a freshman led his team to a state championship while averaging 23.8 points per game. Creighton, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota State, TCU, Wisconsin, Colorado, Missouri, Oregon State, and Purdue have all expressed interest in the sophomore. With three more years left in his high school careers, Mors could be the highest-rated player since Mike Miller to come out of South Dakota.
At 54.6 points a game the Bucks ranked as one of the lower scoring teams heading into the state tournament. It proved to be effective in the championship game when the final score was 39-37.
The Bucks scored 39 points in a hard fought battle with Harrisburg. The good news outside of winning the state title for the Bucks is that the two players that scored 32 out of the 39 points are the two returning starters in Mors and Ryken.
Just like the regular season, the Bucks aren’t the highest scoring team, but that didn’t matter as they were the ones hoisting the first-place trophy Saturday night. In fact, Yankton was among the lowest scoring teams in all three classes with only Class B’s Langford (37.33), Lower Brule (49), Timber Lake (51.67) scoring lower than them in the three-game span.
The Bucks shot 44 percent from the field over the course of 21 games in the season and 49 percent over the course of three games at the state tournament to lead the Class AA tournament in FG%.
Three more years Class AA teams are going to have to deal with Mors. Like we said earlier Mors has a younger brother in eighth-grade and Ryken also has a younger brother in eighth-grade. No telling if they will play as eighth-graders as Matt did, but it’s something to keep an eye on in the next few years.