VOLGA – The Sioux Valley boys’ basketball team had won its past two games by more than 30 points. Tuesday, the Cossacks had to grind out a victory as they beat Castlewood 65-50 to improve to 17-1 on the season.
Sioux Valley came out red hot as it scored 26 points in the first quarter and led by eight at the end of it. The Cossacks cooled off a bit in the second quarter but took a 39-32 lead into the locker room.
“You get battle tested [playing that type of game],” said Sioux Valley head coach Bill Vincent. “You know, I thought that first quarter kind of played tricks on our minds a little bit. We come out and score 26 points and our best quarter point-wise going in and then you have a little let up. They got the buzzer beater to end the first quarter and got some momentum and fought their way back into the game that way. Then it was a strategy game after that for both teams.”
Castlewood (6-11) cut the lead to 45-40 with 3:32 left in the third quarter. The Cossacks then closed the quarter out with a 10-2 run to take a 13-point lead into the fourth. They then put things on cruise control and came away with the win.
“It seemed like, and it’s kind of our mentality a bit, anytime a team comes at us then we handle their punch and move onto the next play. We were pretty level headed that way when the ball wasn’t falling there for the second and third quarters. We handled that and kept chipping away. Defensively, we picked up some fouls, so we had to move things around personnel-wise and rethink some things game plan wise,” Vincent said.
The Cossacks shot 43.1% from the field and were 8-for-25 from 3.
They were led by Oliver Vincent, who scored 21 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists.
Kelton Vincent had 14 points and seven assists. Hayden Ruesink had a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Parker Puetz knocked down four 3-pointers to give him 12 points on the night.
The Warriors shot 38.5% from the field and were 6-for-19 from 3.
Sioux Valley won the rebounding battle 27-24.
Castlewood was led by Garret Kerkvilet, who scored 17 points and had seven rebounds. Lane Tevdt scored 12 points. Carson Kirwan and Tristan Nielsen each had nine points. Kirwan also had 12 rebounds.
This was Sioux Valley’s senior night. The Cossacks have three seniors in Kelton Vincent, Colby Gatzke and Jaxton Schiller. Schiller scored two points and Gatzke had four assists and four rebounds.
“It being senior night and getting out of the gym with a win on senior night is always special. It’s neat for all three of those guys. They all kind of have different stories as to their journey and their path in basketball and it led them to all be together on the same team for the past two years which has been a pretty special run for those guys. So your mind goes to the seniors on a night like tonight,” Vincent said.
Sioux Valley has two games left in the regular season. It plays at Garretson on Thursday and hosts Sioux Falls Christian to end the regular season. The Chargers are 13-3 on the season, but Vincent said his team is only focused on Garretson right now.
“We have a good next game up mentality. We have a huge Big East game with Garretson on Thursday night who is second in the conference standings going into that game for Big East play. I know kids like this. You practice a day, play a day. So kids like this, but usually it gets kind of worrisome on coaches because you want more practice time, but it prepares you for postseason,” Vincent said.
SIOUX VALLEY 65, CASTLEWOOD 50
Garret Kerkvilet 7-11 2-2 17, Lane Tvedt 4-11 0-0 12, Tristan Nielsen 4-7 0-0 9, Carson Kirwan 4-13 1-2 9, Booker Schooley 1-8 1-2 3, Quincy Thu 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson Grangaard 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 4-8 50.
Sioux Valley (17-1)
Oliver Vincent 7-16 4-4 21, Kelton Vincent 5-12 2-2 14, Parker Puetz 4-6 0-0 12, Hayden Ruesink 3-10 6-6 12, Jaxton Schiller 1-1 0-0 2, Carson Christopherson 1-2 0-0 2, Damian Danzeisen 1-3 0-0 2, Colby Gatzke 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-51 12-12 65.
Castlewood 18 14 10 8 – 50
Sioux Valley 26 13 16 10 – 65
3-point field goals – C 6-19(Tvedy 4-9, Nielsen 1-3, Kervilet 1-4, Schooley 0-1, Kirwan 0-1, Grangaard 0-1), SV 9-25 (Puetz 4-6, O. Vincent 3-9, K. Vincent 2-7, Gatzke 0-1, Ruesink 0-1, Danzeisen 0-1). Rebounds – C 24 (Kirwan 12), SV 27 (Ruesink 13). Assists – C 14 (Schooley 5), SV 17 (K. Vincent 7). Steals – C 6 (Tvedt 5), SV 13 (O. Vincent 4). Blocks – C 1 (Kirwan 1), SV 3 (K. Vincent, O. Vincent, Ruesink). Turnovers – C 17, SV 11. Total fouls – C 12, SV 15. Fouled out – none. Technical fouls – none.