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Fliers place third at Big East Tourney

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2013

The Flandreau Flier boys went 2-1 during the Big East Conference Tournament that they partially hosted over the weekend. The Fliers took down Chester Area on Thursday, followed by a nail-biting loss to McCook Central/ Montrose on Friday. FHS rebounded by taking down Garretson on Saturday for the third place trophy.

Flandreau 57 – Chester Area 26

The outcome was never really in question Thursday night when the Flandreau Fliers took on Chester Area in the first round of the Big East Conference Tournament in Flandreau.

Flandreau came out of the gates with a lot of confidence both on offense and defense. All five of Flandreau’s starters contributed to the early scoring outburst, helping FHS take a 20-3 lead into the second quarter.

FHS dominated the next eight minutes as well – outscoring Chester 19-6 in the quarter to give them a 39-9 lead heading into the halftime break.

The Fliers came out of the break with the same intensity that they had to start the game – adding to their lead by outscoring Chester Area 14-10 in the third quarter and giving them a 53-19 lead with eight minutes to play.

Chester Area managed to outscore the Fliers 7-4 in the final frame but it was not nearly enough to overcome the offensive domination by FHS early.

“I thought our guys came out with a lot of energy tonight and executed very well on both ends of the floor. It was a good win to open the conference tournament and a stretch of three games in three days," said Head Coach Eric Bass.

Mitchel Foster led the Fliers with 15 points on 6-10 shooting. Foster also led the team in assists with four, rebounds with five, and steals with three. Guy Zephier contributed 10 points for the Fliers on 4-6 shooting. Although Foster and Zephier were the only two Fliers in double-digits, seven other Fliers recorded points on the night. As a team, the Fliers shot 56% (23-41).

Defensively, the Fliers were stout. FHS only committed seven personal fouls on the night, keeping Chester off the charity stripe.

The win is Flandreau’s second win over Chester Area this season. The Fliers beat Chester 65-54 to open the season. Flandreau improved their record to 3-2 on the season with the win, while Chester Area falls to 2-5.

Flandreau 57 – MCM 60

Friday’s game with MCM was a back and forth battle, with the Fighting Cougars coming out on top after a close no call to end the game.

Flandreau started the game by hitting a few big shots early and was able to keep that momentum through the quarter – taking a 16-14 lead into the second period.

MCM responded with a big second quarter – outscoring the Fliers 17-12 to take a 31-28 lead into the halftime break.

MCM came out of the break with a lot of momentum, while Flandreau was on the opposite end of the spectrum. The Fliers were held to just eight points in the quarter. The Fighting Cougars extended their lead to 12 heading into the final frame.

Flandreau responded with a high energy fourth quarter that got them within reach of MCM. With just under a minute left and the Fliers down just one basket, Jacob Patterson beat his man to get in the lane. As he went up for his shot, there was some contact with another MCM defender but no foul was called and the ball harmlessly fell to floor – giving the Fighting Cougars the victory.

Foster led the fliers for the second straight game. Foster’s 16 points came in large part to his 4-7 shooting from behind the arc. David Parsley pitched in 13 points with Taylor-Burshiem adding 11.

The loss dropped the Flier record to an even 3-3 on the year and forced them into a third place game against Garretson on Saturday.

MCM 14 17 17 12 60

Flandreau 16 12 8 21 57

Flandreau 75 – Garretson 59

The third place game between Flandreau and Garretson was never really in question. The Fliers took a big lead and never relinquished it – taking the victory and the third place trophy.

FHS started the game out with the hot hand, hitting shots from all over the floor. Foster seemed to be feeling it, hitting shot after shot to extend the Flier lead. Flandreau took a seven point lead into the second quarter where Foster went got back to business – extending the Flier lead to 19 heading into halftime, 42-23.

Garretson’s offense started to pick it up a bit in the second half, almost doubling their first half total in the third quarter alone. The Fliers outlasted the Blue Dragon’s surge and took a 21-point lead heading into the final quarter.

The Blue Dragons were able to outscore the Fliers in the fourth quarter, 16-11, but it was not nearly enough to combat the huge lead the Fliers had put over their head in the first 24 minutes of the game.

Foster put up a season high 32 points on 12-21 shooting. He also added four assists and four rebounds to his numbers. Taylor-Burshiem was the only other Flier in double-digits with 14 points on 5-11 shooting. He also tallied a team high five assists.

The third place victory improves the Flier record to 4-3 on the season. FHS will look to improve on that record when the battle Madison on Friday and Flandreau Indian School on Saturday.

Garretson 13 10 20 16 59

Flandreau 20 22 22 11 75

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