Cossacks win BEC tourney title

Jess Gatzke/Jae Ann Photography: Sioux Valley’s Parker Puetz puts up a jumper during the Cossacks’ Big East Conference Boys’ Basketball Tournament semifinal win over Parker on Friday night in Volga.

VOLGA – Sioux Valley picked up another Big East Conference Boys’ Basketball Tournament title, beating Chester Area 72-48 in the final Saturday evening in the Cossack Center.

The top-seeded hosts led 13-12 after a quarter before opening up a 36-26 advantage at halftime. It was 51-39 heading to the fourth.

Parker Puetz poured in a game-high 23 points to lead the Cossacks. He added seven boards.

Kelton Vincent and Hayden Ruesink posted double-doubles.

Vincent scored 13 points and dished out 10 assists. Ruesink totaled 12 points and 10 boards.

Oliver Vincent added 11 points and seven dimes.

Sioux Valley shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) from the field and committed just four turnovers.

Chester ended up at 48.8 percent (20-of-41) and had 13 giveaways.

Jovi Wolf had 14 points, Brock Wages 12 and Stratton Eppard 10.

Sioux Valley moved to 10-0 at the midpoint of the regular season.

The Cossacks host Hamlin on Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Semifinals – Friday

 Sioux Valley 63, Parker 39

Oliver Vincent dropped in 24 points to lead the charge.

The Cossacks led 19-12 after a quarter, 31-21 at halftime and 44-34 through three.

Kelton Vincent added 15 points, Puetz 11 and Ruesink eight.

SV ended up 41.1 percent (23-of-56) from the floor.

Carter Robertson scored 18 points for the Pheasants.

Fifth place

• Flandreau 69, Beresford 60

Tash Lunday notched a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Fliers.

The Watchdogs led 23-18 after a quarter and 34-26 at halftime. Flandreau pulled within 50-49 at the end of three before outscoring Beresford 19-10 in the fourth.

Chase LeBrun added 18 points and Taryn Ukestine 11.

Flandreau beat Baltic 82-61 in the consolation semifinals Friday.

Lunday scored 22 points, LeBrun 16, Ukestine 15 and Liam Streitz and Alex Anderson 12 apiece.

Lunday added 11 boards to complete the double-double.

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