Cossacks take down Chargers, 77-55

Sean Welsh/Register: Sioux Valley’s Oliver Vincent (24) floats in for a bucket over Hamlin’s Mitchell Noem (22) during the second quarter of the Cossacks’ 77-55 defeat of the Chargers in a Lake Central Conference game Tuesday in Volga.

VOLGA – Sioux Valley returned home Tuesday night and picked up a 77-55 Lake Central Conference victory over Hamlin.

“I thought (Hamlin) came out with a lot of energy early on, took the early lead, which maybe helped us out – a little human nature to go to work,” said Cossack coach Bill Vincent. “We were a little out of sorts. We’ve just been juggling our lineup as the flu bug or whatever has hit us. We had different guys at practice than we have at games and coming off the conference tournament, so it took us maybe a little bit to settle in and then I thought we played pretty well that way.

“It helped to be at home tonight and to get back in front of our home crowd.”

The Chargers raced out to a 10-2 advantage; however, Sioux Valley was up 22-17 after a quarter.

The Cossacks continued to push in the second frame and built a 43-24 lead at the break. Ryan Schuster scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the first half.

Hamlin put together a rally in the third quarter, getting as close as seven points at 49-42.

Lane VanderWal and Schuster answered with back-to-back buckets for Sioux Valley.

The Chargers’ Nash Grantham and the Cossacks’ Max Nielson exchanged hoops, before Hamlin cut the deficit to single digits – 55-46 – for the final time on Kyler Swenson’s layup with 1:08 left in the period.

Schuster canned a 3-ball and Noah Puetz scored in the paint to put Sioux Valley on top 60-46 heading to the fourth. 

The Cossacks scored the first eight points in the final frame – Oliver Vincent and Nielson both had a pair of buckets – to take control, leading 68-46 with 6:22 showing on the clock.

The lead peaked at 27 points – 77-50 – with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Sioux Valley had an off night from 3-point range, finishing 5-of-23, but went 29-of-35 (82.9 percent) from inside the arc.

“Something we had been working on was just offensive flow and not settling,” Vincent noted. “We wanted to get to the bucket more and wanted to get to the line more and thought we accomplished some of those things tonight, so that was good to see.

“But at the same time, we love it when the ball falls from the perimeter for us, too.”

The Cossacks shot 58.6 percent (34-of-58) overall and committed 10 turnovers while forcing 20.

Vincent, an eighth-grader, had perhaps his best outing of the year, scoring 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting while adding six assists.

“He kind of settled in tonight, where maybe sometimes earlier in the year he was just trying to figure out his teammates and the varsity level of basketball,” Coach Vincent said. “I just thought we had him and some other guys step up tonight with a couple guys (regulars Trent Hiltunen and Tyge Schiller) at home and unable to play – some guys that start for us on certain nights and have played big minutes. You know, Hiltunen played 28 minutes for us in the Big East Conference championship (on Saturday), and we’re playing without him tonight.

“So some guys stepped up and maybe that helped (Oliver) and some other guys get in the flow, too.”

Nielson finished with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting to go with eight dimes and five steals.

Puetz had eight points, Kelton Vincent seven and VanderWal six.

The Chargers’ Connor Bawdon ended up with 14 points and Kyler Swenson 10 to go with eight boards.

Sioux Valley (7-3, 1-1) plays host to McCook Central/Montrose on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Hamlin (3-4, 1-2) welcomes De Smet on Tuesday.


Hamlin (3-4, 1-2 LCC)

Connor Bawdon 6-13 0-0 14, Kyler Swenson 4-7 2-2 10, Nash Grantham 4-8 1-3 9, Mitchell Noem 2-5 0-0 6, Devan Weelborg 1-5 0-0 3, Caden Arnold 2-6 0-2 4, Jackson Noem 0-2 1-2 1, Kirby Antonen 1-2 0-0 2, Booker Noem 1-1 0-0 3, Nate Hoilda 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Roe 1-1 0-0 2, Cameron Thue 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 22-52 5-11 55.

Sioux Valley (7-3, 1-1 LCC)

Parker Puetz 0-3 0-0 0, Noah Puetz 4-8 0-0 8, Max Nielson 8-12 0-1 16, Oliver Vincent 8-10 0-1 17, Ryan Schuster 9-17 0-1 21, Lane VanderWal 3-4 0-1 6, Kelton Vincent 1-1 4-4 7, Colby Gatzki 0-1 0-0 0, Jaxton Schiller 1-1 0-0 2, Logan Steffensen 0-0 0-0 0, 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-58 4-8 77.

Hamlin 17    7  22    9    55

Sioux Valley 22  21  17  17    77

3-point goals – H 6-22 (Bawdon 2-7, M. Noem 2-5, B. Noem 1-1, Weelborg 1-2, Grantham 0-2, J. Noem 0-2, Arnold 0-3), SV 5-23 (Schuster 3-9, K. Vincent 1-1, O. Vincent 1-2, Gatzki 0-1, VanderWal 0-1, P. Puetz 0-2, N. Puetz 0-2, Nielson 0-4). Rebounds – H 25 (Swenson 8), SV 21 (N. Puetz 10. Assists – H 8 (Swenson, Grantham, M. Noem 2), SV 21 (Nielson 8). Steals – H 2 (Swenson, Grantham 1), SV 12 (Nielson 5). Blocks – H 0, SV 1 (VanderWal 1). Turnovers – H 20, SV 10. Total fouls – H 13, SV 16. Fouled out – None. Technical fouls – None.


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