Dupree Tigers power to third at State B Basketball Tournament

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Nate Widow drives for two of his team-high 20 points in Dupree’s 64-51 win over South Central in the third place game at the State B Basketball Tournament in Aberdeen. Widow scored 66 points in three games and was named to the All-Tournament team.

By Jay Davis

After a seventh-place showing last season, Dupree wanted to step things up a notch this year. They did just that, beating South Central 64-51 on Saturday to take third place at the Boys’ Class B State Basketball Tournament in Aberdeen.
Dupree was trailing by three points at halftime before turning the game around in the second half. It was not a quick turn-around. The Tigers took their first lead of the contest on a Nate Widow basket with two minutes left in the third quarter. Widow’s basket started a personal seven-point spurt that gave Dupree a 40-36 lead after three quarters.
South Central hung around for most of the fourth quarter. Dupree led just 49-46 when Kash Deal converted a three-point play to push the lead to six points with 3:14 left. The free throw gave Deal the 1,000th point of his career.
Deal and Widow combined for four more points to raise the Dupree lead to 56-46. The Tigers kept South Central at bay by hitting eight of 10 free throws down the stretch.
Widow led Dupree with 20 points and seven rebounds. He hit nine of 11 shots from the free throw line. Deal scored 12 points and played a big part in forcing 18 South Central turnovers with five steals. Jeffrie Shaving, Tate Widow and Creighton LeBeau added seven points each.
Tyler Frank led South Central with 20 points and eight rebounds. Sam Hazen added 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

Viborg-Hurley
Dupree led by seven at the half, but could not stop the Cougars from earning their third straight trip to the championship game. Viborg-Hurley rallied to beat the Tigers 37-34 in the semifinals on Friday night.
The Tigers found some open spots on the floor in the second quarter. They used a 12-5 run to outscore the Cougars 15-7 in the second frame and take a 23-16 lead at the intermission.
Using a slow-down offense and tight defense, South Central outscored Dupree 9-4 in the third quarter to cut the lead to 27-25.
A 6-0 South Central run over the first four minutes of the fourth quarter turned the game around. With a 31-27 lead, the Cougars continued their long possessions and shortened the last four minutes. The Tigers cut the lead to 32-30 with 1:17 to play, but were forced to foul on the defensive end. The strategy almost worked. With South Central leading 37-34 and six seconds on the clock, a missed free throw gave the Tigers one last chance but Nate Widow’s attempt at a game tying three-pointer came up short.
Widow was the only Tiger to reach double figures. He scored a game-high 12 points, while adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Jeffrie Shaving scored four points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Deal added seven points and six boards.
Jack Huether and Trevor Jacobsen led South Central with 11 points each. Andrew Hora added nine points. Hora and Seth Anderson controlled the boards with a combined 20 rebounds.

Arlington
The Nate Widow show was in full display in the opening round. Widow scored 34 points as the Tigers ousted Arlington 71-63 on Thursday.
Widow scored 18 points in the first half, but Arlington was hot and held a 37-32 lead at halftime. The Dupree senior cranked his game up with 14 points in the third quarter, leading the Tigers on a 21-11 run that turned the five-point halftime deficit into a 53-48 lead after three quarters.
The Tigers never trailed in the fourth quarter.
Widow hit three three-pointers in the game and added eight rebounds and five assists. Deal scored 12 points, while adding eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Trenton Pretty Weasel added nine points and four steals. Tate Widow contributed nine points, seven rebounds and three steals.
Andrew King led Arlington with 19 points. Zach Warnke registered a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double. Cole VanBockern added seven points and 10 boards.

All-Tourney
Nate Widow and Deal were named to the All-Tournament team. They were joined by Joe Cameron, Wyatt Krogman and Nick Waln of state champion White River; Andrew Hora and Trevor Jacobsen of Viborg-Hurley; Tyler Frank of South Central; Drew Planteen and Bo Fries of Langford Area; Adam Hofer of James Valley Christian; and Kole Hawkinson of Potter County.

Dupree (24-2) 10 20 40 64
South Central (22-4) 15 23 36 51
Dupree: Trenton Pretty Weasel 1 2-2 5, Seth Longbrake 1 3-3 4, Nate Widow 5 9-11 20, Kash Deal 5 1-2 12, Jeffrie Shaving 3 0-1 7, Tate Widow 3 0-0 7, Creighton LeBeau 2 2-2 7, Dayton Spiel 0 2-2 2, Totals 20 18-22 64.
South Central: Garrett Bruns 0 4-6 4, Josh Tuttle 2 0-0 4, Dakota Votaw 2 0-0 5, Tyler Frank 8 3-5 20, Sam Hazen 7 2-2 16, Zach Serbern 1 0-1 2, Totals 20 7-9 51.
3-point field goals: Dupree 6 (Pretty Weasel, N. Widow, Deal, Shaving, T. Widow, LeBeau); South Central 2 (Votaw, Frank). Rebounds: Dupree 21 (N. Widow 7, Longbrake 4); South Central 27 (Hazen 9, Frank 8). Assists: Dupree 11 (LeBeau 3); South Central 11 (Tuttle 4). Steals: Dupree 10 (Deal 5, Longbrake 3); South Central 5 (Votaw 3). Blocked shots: Dupree 2; South Central 3 (Hazen 3). Total fouls: Dupree 16; South Central 20 (Votaw out). Turnovers: Dupree 12; South Central 18.

Dupree (23-2) 8 23 27 34
Viborg-Hurley (23-2) 9 16 25 37
Dupree: Trenton Pretty Weasel 0 0-0 0, Seth Longbrake 0 0-0 0, Nate Widow 4 2-2 12, Kash Deal 3 0-1 7, Jeffrie Shaving 2 0-0 4, Tate Widow 2 1-1 5, Creighton LeBeau 2 0-0 6, Totals 13 3-6 34.
Viborg-Hurley: Tyler Gerdes 1 2-3 4, Jack Huether 4 1-2 11, Trevor Jacobsen 3 3-4 11, Andrew Hora 3 3-4 9, Seth Anderson 1 0-1 2, Totals 12 9-14 37.
3-point field goals: Dupree 5 (N. Widow 2, LeBeau 2, Deal); Viborg-Hurley 4 (Huether 2, Jacobsen 2). Rebounds: Dupree 27 (Shaving 7, Deal 6, N. Widow 5); Viborg-Hurley 31 (Anderson 10, Hora 9, Gerdes 5). Assists: Dupree 6 (N. Widow 3); Viborg-Hurles 6 (Jacobsen 3, Anderson 3). Steals: Dupree 8 (N. Widow 2, Deal 2); Viborg-Hurley 4. Blocked shots: Dupree 1; Viborg-Hurley 1. Total fouls: Dupree 15; Viborg-Hurley 13. Turnovers: Dupree 6; Viborg-Hurley 12.

Arlington (17-5) 17 37 48 63
Dupree (23-1) 15 32 53 71
Arlington: Lane Weber 3 1-2 9, Andrew King 8 1-3 19, Tage Hargens 3 2-7 8, Zach Warnke 4 5-7 13, Cole VanBockern 2 2-2 7, Tanner Lemme 1 0-0 2, Alex Heuer 2 1-2 5, Totals 23 12-25 63.
Dupree: Trenton Pretty Weasel 4 1-2 9, Seth Longbrake 2 0-2 4, Nate Widow 15 1-4 34, Kash Deal 5 2-3 12, Jeffrie Shaving 1 1-2 3, Tate Widow 3 2-3 9, Totals 30 7-16 71.
3-point field goals: Arlington 5 (Weber 2, King 2, VanBockern); Dupree 4 (N. Widow 3, T. Widow). Rebounds: Arlington 39 (Warnke 14, VanBockern 10); Dupree 39 (N. Widow 8, Deal 8, T. Widow 7, Longbrake 6). Assists: Arlington 11 (King 6); Dupree 11 (N. Widow 5, Deal 4). Steals: Arlington 5 (Hargens 4); Dupree 13 (Pretty Weasel 4, Deal 3, T. Widow 3). Blocked shots: Arlington 2; Dupree 3. Total fouls Arlington 17 (Warnke out); Dupree 18. Turnovers: Arlington 16; Dupree 10.

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