VOLGA Tayt Vincent topped the 20-point mark for the fourth consecutive game and second-ranked Sioux Valley dominated the middle quarters during a 79-45 defeat of Parker during Big East Conference boys' basketball action Monday night.
The Cossacks were up just 15-13 after 8 minutes, before moving ahead 40-23 at halftime and extending the advantage to 66-32 at the end of three quarters.
"I liked the pace that we played at," said Sioux Valley coach Bill Vincent. "We maybe didn't have all the first-quarter looks go in, but we were playing hard and stuck around to go on a run. We fouled too much in first half, got in some trouble that way and put them at the foul line, which allowed them to accumulate some first-half points.
"But I like how we kept our intensity level up; once we got a little distance, the kids still kept playing hard and we appreciated that out of them."
Vincent finished with 26 points, six assists and two rebounds.
The Cossacks were again effective passing the ball, racking up 20 assists on 30 field goals.
"Twenty-plus assists again share the wealth," added Vincent, whose team hit 13 treys. "And they're doing a good job of that, passing ahead in transition. It was fun basketball for everyone to play then when you're scoring on the end of a pass versus always having to go out and make a play on your own.
"We want that to continue, want to keep our turnovers low if we can keep that under 10 playing the amount of possessions that we're playing, we're usually pretty happy with it."
Trevor Olson buried four 3-pointers while adding 17 points.
Trevor Hanson tallied 11 points, reserve Nick Strasburg seven and Max Nielson the team's starting point guard six to go with five dimes.
Vincent is off to a fast start in his senior campaign, averaging 25 points through the first four games.
"You can tell he's a stronger kid and playing confident, and he's defending so well that that helps things," Coach Vincent noted. "Him and the other seniors, their leadership and their work ethic is spilling in to the younger kids and that's helping everyone. Our practices are very, very competitive because of it, as well." Vincent posted a quadruple-double in the first half against Howard, and added double-doubles in victories at Clark/ Willow Lake and over Baltic. The Cossacks are 4-0 (3-0 ) with an average margin of victory of 45.25. Things get a little tougher Thursday when they play host to Madison in the back end of a doubleheader. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 8 p.m. Parker (3-1 , 2-1 ) plays host to Garretson on Thursday, Dec. 29. SIOUX VALLEY 79, PARKER 45 Parker (3-1 , 2-1 BEC) Shane Kasten 2 1-2 7, Chayse McKenney 1 2-3 5, Kelby Peters 3 1-3 7, Landon Leberman 2 1-2 5, Camden Bialas 4 1-3 9, Alex Kasten 1 0-0 2, Trey Christensen 0 1-2 1, Connor Carlson 2 1-2 5, Jackson Fiegen 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 8-17 45. Sioux Valley (4-0 , 3-0 BEC) Trevor Olson 6 1-1 17, Max Nielson 2 0-0 6, Tayt Vincent 10 3-4 26, Zack Puetz 0 0-0 0, Trevor Hanson 5 1-2 11, Ryan Schuster 1 0-0 3, Daymein Lucas 0 1-2 1, Nick Strasburg 3 0-0 7, Tyge Schiller 1 0-0 3, Jake Schneider 2 0-0 5. Totals 30 6-9 79. Parker 13 10 9 13 45 Sioux Valley 15 25 26 13 79 3-point goals P 3 (Kasten 2, McKenney); SV 13 (Olson 4, Nielson 2, Vincent 3, Schuster, Strasburg, Schiller, Schneider).