Boys’ basketball downs Pheasants in satisfying fashion

Posted January 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Jerod Fisher|The Miller Press

SENIOR PRESTON BLACKWELL (#22) stretches for a layup during Tuesday night’s victory over the Redfield/Doland Pheasants.

In the second half of the double header on Tuesday, Jan. 14, the boys’ basketball team (5-4) also took on their opponents from Redfield/Doland (2-4). It was pheasant hunting season all night long for the varsity and junior varsity teams with the JV Rustlers defeating the Pheasants 36-19 and varsity winning 52-37.

The JV boys jumped out to an early lead finishing the first period leading 11-6 and that lead would grow until the conclusion of the game. The final result was a 36-19 victory with a nearly 20 point differential that had persisted since the third period. Cory Breland, Eric Hasart, and Cody Naber were the leading scorers for the Rustlers with 10, seven, and six points respectively. The Rustlers also made five out of five rebounds capitalizing on their opportunities and grabbing 22 total rebounds, which aided in the win.

During the first period of the varsity game, things were shaping up to be a blow out with three or four possessions in a row in which the Rustlers had quick steals before the Pheasants could leave the defensive zone and consequent points. The Rustlers led 11-6 after the first period but the Pheasants played competitively in the second and third periods keeping the win in question until the very end. They matched the Rustlers in the third period scoring 15 points to Miller’s 16 but the Rustlers outscored Redfield/Doland 15-8 in the fourth and finishing strong for a 52-37 win. Beau Keeter topped the charts for the Rustlers with 24 points and the most of any player that game. Haydn Herman and Mason Breitling also scored eight and seven points respectively. The Rustlers shot well with a team shooting percentage of fifty percent and 16 of the team’s 20 rebounds being in the defensive zone with 10 team steals kept the Pheasants from mounting a last minute comeback. Eric Hasart had the most rebounds for the team with seven. The varsity team has high spirits moving forward as they increased their winning streak to three with Tuesday night’s win.

Coach Waldrop was optimistic about the night: “I thought our kids played pretty hard. They made a run after we had a 10 point lead and tied it back up but our kids responded.”

The Rustlers travel to take on Sully Buttes in Onida and then return home to take on Northwestern, Crow Creek, and McLaughlin on Jan. 18, 21, and 25 respectively.

They had a little adversity and fought through it. They continued to fight and persevered.”

The Rustlers travel to take on Sully Buttes in Onida and then return home to take on Northwestern, Crow Creek, and McLaughlin on Jan 18, 21, and 25 respectively.