Sophomore Tim Parsley goes up for a contested lay up Saturday night against Flandreau Indian School Derick Veldkamp looks on at the action.
The Flandreau Fliers boys’ basketball team dropped their opening game of the week in heartbreaking fashion against Madison on Friday but responded well, defeating Flandreau Indian School on Saturday.
Flandreau 53 – Madison 54
The Fliers were not on their ‘A’ game when Friday night’s game against Madison started, but a valiant second half effort left them with an opportunity for victory.
Madison came out of the gates with a strong defensive showing, only allowing the Fliers to put up six points in the first quarter, and taking a 12-6 lead into the second quarter.
Madison then turned up their offense by hitting nearly all of the shots in the second quarter, and putting up 20 points to the Fliers 12. The Bulldogs took a 32-18 lead into the halftime break.
The Fliers came out of the halftime break rejuvenated and were able to reduce the Bulldog lead by three to 43-32, buts still had an uphill climb to make a full comeback.
But the Fliers were up for the challenge. Flandreau started to catch fire and were able to make some big defensive stops. With just six seconds left, the Fliers were able to take their first lead of the game at 53-52. But those six seconds were too much. Madison in bounded the ball, got it up court and in front of several Flier defenders, put up a desperation shot that found the bottom of the net. The basket put an end to a great comeback by the Fliers and an end to the game.
Mitchel Foster put up a team high 16 points in the loss. Jacob Patterson accounted for 11 Flier points on 1-1 shooting from three and 4-4 shooting from the free-throw line. David Parsley put up seven points and a team high seven rebounds.
The loss dropped the Fliers record to 4-4 on the season, while Madison improved to 5-1 with the win.
Madison 12 20 11 11 54
Flandreau 6 12 14 21 53
Flandreau 88 – Flandreau
The Fliers rebounded nicely after the tough loss to Madison, but it didn’t look like they would early against Flandreau Indian School Saturday night.
FHS was able to get to the free-throw line early in the first quarter on their way to an early 16-6 lead, but two big three pointers by FIS’s Taz Yellow Cloud got the Indians back in it. Griffin Cross of FIS, tied the game with a three pointer of his own and Francis Eastman hit a lay up to give the Indians their first lead of the game at 22-20. FPS would hit a lay up late to tie the score at 22 after one quarter.
The three pointers kept coming for FIS as they started the third quarter with another one to give them a three-point lead. The Indians fought their way to a 30-28 lead but Flandreau turned on the after burners, and went on a huge 15-0 run to end the first half. The Fliers led 43-30 after two quarters of play.
FPS would add two more points and make it a 17-0 run before FIS finally got back on the board. The two teams exchanged buckets for most of the remaining minutes until FIS hit three straight 3-pointers to bring the Flier lead to just 13 at, 60-47. The quarter would end with the Fliers up 68-47.
The Fliers added 20 more points to their total in the fourth quarter, adding ten more points to their lead – ending the game with an 88-57 victory.
Geno Taylor-Burshiem ended the game with a team high 22 points, with Foster adding 20 of his own and Guy Zephier posting 15. Patterson scored 12 points on 6-9 shooting. As a team, the Fliers shot 48% from inside the three-point line. No stats were submitted for FIS.
The win improves the Fliers record to 5-4 on the season and drops the Indians record to 3-5 on the year.
FPS took the court again last night and will play again this Friday and Saturday. FIS faced off with Madison last night and will play this Friday against Lower Brule.
FIS 22 8 17 10 57
Flandreau 22 21 25 20 88