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Wildcats ready for Bison rematch

Published: Thursday, March 6th, 2014

The high school basketball playoffs are upon us, and Kenneth Myers and the rest of the Custer Wildcats will begin their postseason play this Thursday when they head to Spearfish for a matchup with the Hot Springs Bison in the semifinals of Region 8A play. The game will be played on the campus of Black Hills State University.

 

By Jason Ferguson
The Custer High School boys basketball team will travel to Spearfish Thursday, March 6, for the right to advance to the Region 8A championship game and a possible berth in the state tournament. The team standing in its way is a recent—and somewhat suprising—thorn in the Wildcats’ side: the Hot Springs Bison.
Just over a year ago the Bison ended Custer’s season with a 63-62 win in District 15A play and stormed back from a 16-point deficit Feb. 7 to again upset the Wildcats at the Armory.
Custer head coach Larry Luitjens said first and foremost, to avoid a third consecutive defeat at the hands of the Bison, the Wildcats have to do something he said they didn’t do Feb. 7—act like they want to be there.
“We need to play with a little enthusiasm, and Iâ��think we will,”â��he said.â��“We didn’t play a real exciting ‘get into it game’ when we played them here and we need to do that.”
The Wildcats are playing some of their best basketball of the season right now, sporting a five-game winning streak. The difference between now and when the Wildcats weren’t playing so well, Luitjens said, is increased effort in rebounding and better shooting.
“I’m pretty excited about where we are right now,”â��he said.
Luitjens said the team will need to play good, fundamental basketball against the Bison while ramping up the intensity from the Feb. 7 meeting. He added that judging by the team’s desire to play Hot Springs again, he has no doubt the enthusiasm will be there when the game tips off at the Don Young Center on the campus of Black Hills State University at 7:30 p.m.
“I think they are excited about it,” Luitjens said. “No, Iâ��know they are excited about it.”
Last week the team won a pair of games, including a 64-48 victory over the Spearfish  Spartans in Spearfish. The team broke out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter and never looked back, going up by as much as 20 points before pulling its starters in the second half.
Joel Thomsen was the catalyst in the win, scoring 13 points and pulling down a whopping 20 rebounds—10 offensive and 10 defensive—in the game. It’s a stat made all the more impressive when considering Thomsen stands only 6-2.
“I don’t think I have ever had someone get 20 rebounds,”â��Luitjens said.â��“He was a human vacuum cleaner. He was everywhere. He was a maniac. He really went after it.”
Chase Glazier was the team’s leading scorer in the game with 24 points. Adam Baker chipped in 13 points of his own.
“We played pretty good defense and took them out of what they wanted to do,”â��Luitjens said. “Everybody played a little bit better than they have been playing.”
On Feb. 25, the Wildcats had no trouble dispatching the Hill City Rangers for the third time this season, racing out to a 33-12 halftime lead on the way to a 56-30 win.
Glazier and Baker led a balanced scoring attack, with 12 points each in a game that saw most of the players get some playing time. Glazier was a six of eight from the field, while Baker was six of six from the line. Kenneth Myers was the other Wildcat to crack double figures, scoring 11 points, including a three of four effort from three-point range.
Should the Wildcats defeat Hot Springs Thursday night, they are more than likely staring at a rubber match against St. Thomas More in the Region 8A finals. That game would be at 7:30 p.m. at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City March 11.
However, Luitjens said he has given no thought to the region championship game. A Bison team that has already proved once this season it can beat Custer has his and his team’s full attention.
 “We have to get by Hot Springs,”â��he said.
Custer 10 18 20 16 —64
Spear 7 9 16 16 —48
Custer—Logan Burns 2-5 0-0 4, David Hernandez 0-1 0-0, Patrick Witt 1-1 0-0 3, Kenneth Myers 1-8 3-4 5, Chase Glazier 9-20 4-5 24, Joel Thomsen 6-16 1-4 13, Graysen Trandem 1-1 0-0 2, Adam Baker 6-14 -14 13, Ryan Jorgensen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals:â��26-66 9-17 64.
Spearfish—Hunter Dean 0-0 1-2 1, Nick Iron Rope 0-3 -12 1, Drew Kaitfors 0-1 -12 1, Jaxon Hinch 1-6 0-1 2, Cole Richards 1-8 1-1 3, Dylan Reiners 3-6 1-2 7, Chet Samuelson 8-15 2-3 21, Connor Janovy 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner Butcher 1-2 0-0 2, Devon Braun 3-11 2-2 8. Totals:â��18-55 9-15 48.
Three-point goals:�Custer 3 (Glazier 2, Witt), Spearfish 3 (Samuelson 3). Rebounding: Custer 41 (Thomsen 20), Spearfish 22. Assists:�Custer 10, Spearfish 3. Steals: Custer 6 (Glazier 4), Spearfish 4. Turnovers:�Custer 8, Spearfish 11. Total fouls:�Custer 11, Spearfish 15, Fouled out: none.
Custer 17 16 16 7 —56
HC 3 9 13 5 —30
Custer—Logan Burns 3-6 1-1 7, David Hernandez 1-2 0-0 2, Patrick Witt 1-2 0-0 2, Kenneth Myers 3-6 2-4 11, Chase Glazier 6-8 0-0 12, Joel Thomsen 4-8 0-0 8, Graysen Trandem 1-3 0-1 2, Adam Baker 3-9 6-6 12, Ryan Jorgensen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-45 9-12 56.
Hill City—Brady Groves 0-2 0-0 0, Shawn Kuhnel 3-7 1-4 7, Brenden Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Caleb Yeargen 3-10 0-0 7, Ryan Skillingstad 2-4 0-1 4, Joshio Villalobos 0-1 0-0 0, Caiden Merritt 1-1 0-0 2, Kenner Langenbau 2-9 2-3 6, Joey Burnette 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 11-37 7-16 30.
Three-point goals:�Custer 3 (Myers 3), HC 1 (Yeargan). Rebounding:�Custer 20 (Trandem 5), HC 16 (Yeargan 6). Assists: Custer 10 (Glazier 4), HC 4. Steals: Custer 10 (Thomsen 5), HC�6. Turnovers:�Custer 10, HC�16. Total fouls:�Custer 16, HC�13. Fouled out: Baker, Groves.

The Custer High School boys basketball team will travel to Spearfish Thursday, March 6, for the right to advance to the Region 8A championship game and a possible berth in the state tournament. The team standing in its way is a recent—and somewhat suprising—thorn in the Wildcats’ side: the Hot Springs Bison.

Just over a year ago the Bison ended Custer’s season with a 63-62 win in District 15A play and stormed back from a 16-point deficit Feb. 7 to again upset the Wildcats at the Armory.

Custer head coach Larry Luitjens said first and foremost, to avoid a third consecutive defeat at the hands of the Bison, the Wildcats have to do something he said they didn’t do Feb. 7—act like they want to be there.

“We need to play with a little enthusiasm, and Iâ��think we will,”â��he said.â��“We didn’t play a real exciting ‘get into it game’ when we played them here and we need to do that.”

The Wildcats are playing some of their best basketball of the season right now, sporting a five-game winning streak. The difference between now and when the Wildcats weren’t playing so well, Luitjens said, is increased effort in rebounding and better shooting.

“I’m pretty excited about where we are right now,”â��he said.

Luitjens said the team will need to play good, fundamental basketball against the Bison while ramping up the intensity from the Feb. 7 meeting. He added that judging by the team’s desire to play Hot Springs again, he has no doubt the enthusiasm will be there when the game tips off at the Don Young Center on the campus of Black Hills State University at 7:30 p.m.

“I think they are excited about it,” Luitjens said. “No, Iâ��know they are excited about it.”

Last week the team won a pair of games, including a 64-48 victory over the Spearfish  Spartans in Spearfish. The team broke out to a double-digit lead in the second quarter and never looked back, going up by as much as 20 points before pulling its starters in the second half.

Joel Thomsen was the catalyst in the win, scoring 13 points and pulling down a whopping 20 rebounds—10 offensive and 10 defensive—in the game. It’s a stat made all the more impressive when considering Thomsen stands only 6-2.

“I don’t think I have ever had someone get 20 rebounds,”â��Luitjens said.â��“He was a human vacuum cleaner. He was everywhere. He was a maniac. He really went after it.”

Chase Glazier was the team’s leading scorer in the game with 24 points. Adam Baker chipped in 13 points of his own.

“We played pretty good defense and took them out of what they wanted to do,”â��Luitjens said. “Everybody played a little bit better than they have been playing.”

On Feb. 25, the Wildcats had no trouble dispatching the Hill City Rangers for the third time this season, racing out to a 33-12 halftime lead on the way to a 56-30 win.

Glazier and Baker led a balanced scoring attack, with 12 points each in a game that saw most of the players get some playing time. Glazier was a six of eight from the field, while Baker was six of six from the line. Kenneth Myers was the other Wildcat to crack double figures, scoring 11 points, including a three of four effort from three-point range.

Should the Wildcats defeat Hot Springs Thursday night, they are more than likely staring at a rubber match against St. Thomas More in the Region 8A finals. That game would be at 7:30 p.m. at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City March 11.

However, Luitjens said he has given no thought to the region championship game. A Bison team that has already proved once this season it can beat Custer has his and his team’s full attention.

 “We have to get by Hot Springs,”â��he said.

Custer 10 18 20 16 —64

Spear 7 9 16 16 —48

Custer—Logan Burns 2-5 0-0 4, David Hernandez 0-1 0-0, Patrick Witt 1-1 0-0 3, Kenneth Myers 1-8 3-4 5, Chase Glazier 9-20 4-5 24, Joel Thomsen 6-16 1-4 13, Graysen Trandem 1-1 0-0 2, Adam Baker 6-14 -14 13, Ryan Jorgensen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals:â��26-66 9-17 64.

Spearfish—Hunter Dean 0-0 1-2 1, Nick Iron Rope 0-3 -12 1, Drew Kaitfors 0-1 -12 1, Jaxon Hinch 1-6 0-1 2, Cole Richards 1-8 1-1 3, Dylan Reiners 3-6 1-2 7, Chet Samuelson 8-15 2-3 21, Connor Janovy 0-1 0-0 0, Tanner Butcher 1-2 0-0 2, Devon Braun 3-11 2-2 8. Totals:â��18-55 9-15 48.

Three-point goals:�Custer 3 (Glazier 2, Witt), Spearfish 3 (Samuelson 3). Rebounding: Custer 41 (Thomsen 20), Spearfish 22. Assists:�Custer 10, Spearfish 3. Steals: Custer 6 (Glazier 4), Spearfish 4. Turnovers:�Custer 8, Spearfish 11. Total fouls:�Custer 11, Spearfish 15, Fouled out: none.

Custer 17 16 16 7 —56

HC 3 9 13 5 —30

Custer—Logan Burns 3-6 1-1 7, David Hernandez 1-2 0-0 2, Patrick Witt 1-2 0-0 2, Kenneth Myers 3-6 2-4 11, Chase Glazier 6-8 0-0 12, Joel Thomsen 4-8 0-0 8, Graysen Trandem 1-3 0-1 2, Adam Baker 3-9 6-6 12, Ryan Jorgensen 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 22-45 9-12 56.

Hill City—Brady Groves 0-2 0-0 0, Shawn Kuhnel 3-7 1-4 7, Brenden Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Caleb Yeargen 3-10 0-0 7, Ryan Skillingstad 2-4 0-1 4, Joshio Villalobos 0-1 0-0 0, Caiden Merritt 1-1 0-0 2, Kenner Langenbau 2-9 2-3 6, Joey Burnette 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 11-37 7-16 30.

Three-point goals:�Custer 3 (Myers 3), HC 1 (Yeargan). Rebounding:�Custer 20 (Trandem 5), HC 16 (Yeargan 6). Assists: Custer 10 (Glazier 4), HC 4. Steals: Custer 10 (Thomsen 5), HC�6. Turnovers:�Custer 10, HC�16. Total fouls:�Custer 16, HC�13. Fouled out: Baker, Groves.

 



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