The Blue Dragon’s big men were too much for the vertically challenged Fliers to handle during Tuesday nights Big East Conference battle in Garretson, leaving the Flandreau boys plenty of time to think it over.
The two teams played to a stalemate in the first quarter, with both teams putting up 11 points in the first eight minutes, but both teams started to get their offenses going in the second quarter. Flandreau started heating up from the outside, while Garretson started working the ball down low. After the buzzer sounded, Garretson had pulled ahead 32-28 heading into the halftime break.
Flandreau came out of the break trying to overcome the small deficit but the height of Garretson’s big men forced the Fliers to struggle a bit. Garretson ended the third quarter with a nine-point lead, 51-42.
A last ditch effort by the Fliers to come back in the fourth quarter was halted by the Blue Dragons inability to miss a shot. Garretson shot well over 50% for the quarter, and Flandreau was having trouble catching up.
When the dust settled, Garretson had pulled ahead another seven points, finishing the game with a 16-point victory, 73-57.
“They made everything they threw at the rim in the second half and we struggled to score. Plus, we turned it over too much, which allowed them to get some easy baskets,” said Flandreau head coach Eric Bass.
The win for Garretson avenged an earlier loss to Flandreau when the Fliers beat the Blue Dragons, 75-59, for third place in the Big East Tournament.
“We made a lot of shots in the first game and they didn't. This time around it was opposite. Their bigs played really well in the second half and dominated us inside; we gave up a lot of points in the paint.”
Mitchel Foster led the Fliers in scoring with 20 points on 8-15 shooting, including a 4-7 performance from beyond the arc. Guy Zephier (13) and Geno Taylor Burshiem (10) each contributed double-digit points for the Fliers on Tuesday.
It was the Fliers only game of the week, giving them six days to prepare for their next game- time Bass knows he needs to use wisely. “We just need to continue to tweak our defensive strategy and find ways to neutralize teams with bigger posts. We have a bunch of games coming up with dominate post players.”
The loss drops the Fliers record to 7-6 overall and 3-1 in the Big East Conference. The Fliers battled cross-county rival, Colman-Egan last night and will host first place Sioux Valley on Thursday. Results from those games will be in next week’s paper.
Flandreau 11 17 14 15 57
Garretson 11 21 19 22 73