Platte-Geddes outlasts Timber Lake

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Platte-Geddes outlasts Timber Lake

The Timber Lake bench and crowd rise to their feet after a Panther 3-pointer in the SoDak 16 round last Tuesday. Photo by Robert Slocum

Upset-minded Panthers fall short in bid for State B berth

Timber Lake’s quest for a third straight berth in the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament ended last Tuesday, March 10, with a 54-47 loss to Platte-Geddes in the SoDak 16 regional championship game in Ft. Pierre.

The Panthers entered the matchup as the No. 13 seed and a heavy underdog, as the fourth-seeded Platte-Geddes Black Panthers came in with just three losses on the season and riding a 12 game win streak. But what started as a blowout turned into one of the most competitive games in the tournament, with Timber Lake overcoming double-digit deficits twice in the first half before blowing a seven point lead late in the third quarter.

Platte-Geddes sprinted out to a 13-0 lead to open the contest before the scrappy Panthers forced several turnovers and went on a 13-2 run in the final four minutes of the quarter to trail 15-13. The Black Panthers used their height advantage to open another 13 point advantage in the second quarter, feeding the ball inside to 6-5 Kelby VanDerWerff and 6-4 Caden Foxley, but Timber Lake battled back again and went into the halftime break down 34-29.




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