RAPID CITY - Louie Krogman continued his march to the South Dakota state boys high school basketball scoring record with a "quiet" 39 points in a 98-69 win over Lower Brule during the first round of the Lakota Nation Invitational at St. Thomas More on Wednesday.
The 39 points put Krogman only 22 points shy of Don Jacobsen's all-time record of 2,825 points with a quarterfinal match-up with Pine Ridge tonight at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center at 8:30 p.m., his next opportunity to set the record.
"It will be a relief to get it over with," Krogman said of the record. "To have it done and have people quit talking about it and asking about it all the time will let us concentrate on the games a little more."
Things started slowly for White River as it seemed to take Krogman a little while to get used to shooting in a gymnasium that he was seeing for the first time. But Frankie Waln hit a couple of 3-pointers to get the Tigers going as White River eased out to a 47-27 lead at the half.
"I just kind of tried to take what the defense gave me," Krogman said. "Lower Brule always plays real physical so I just wanted to play my game and let it come to me. Frankie hit a couple of big shots to get us going early and that kind of opened things up for us."
The Tigers used their normal running attack to beat the Sioux, but it was the play of big man Matthew Bartlett that was key to the win. Bartlett grabbed 14 rebounds in addition to his four points for the Tigers.
"Matt was a big key for us today," White River head coach Eldon Marshall said. "He's our only size, really, so it's very important that he plays well for us every night. He's improved a lot and we're hoping that he keeps on improving."
Wil Edwards led the Sioux with 23 points. Lower Brule will play Cheyenne-Eagle Butte at the civic center at 2:30 p.m.
Red Cloud 98, Crazy Horse 48
RAPID CITY - Four Crusaders scored in double figures during Red Cloud's 98-48 victory over Crazy Horse during the opening round of play Wednesday at the Lakota Nation Invitational.
Christian McGhee led the Crusaders with 22 points. David Giago followed with 17 points, Lester Gotheridge had 12 and Jeremy Blacksmith 10 as Red Cloud had 12 players score during the first-round win.
Gotheridge yanked down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Tyson Red Elk knocked down 21 points for Crazy Horse. Ace Amiotte followed with 11. Red Elk snared a team-best six rebounds for the Chiefs.
Todd County 78, Flandreau Indian 67
RAPID CITY - Todd County jumped out to a 23-point lead after three quarters then had to hold off a late charge from Flandreau Indian before the Falcons prevailed 78-67 in first-round Lakota Nation Invitational action Wednesday.
Todd County built a 35-24 lead by halftime and used a 22-10 third quarter run to up its lead to 57-34. Flandreau Indian made a late run by outscoring the Falcons 33-21 in the final quarter.
Mark Dubray scored a game-high 28 points to lead Todd County. Gunner Krogman and Jordan His Law scored 21 each for the Falcons. His Law pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for the victors.
Tony St. John scored 20 points for Flandreau Indian. Fred Packed, who hit three 3-pointers, followed with 13 points and Sterling Drapeau had 11 in a losing effort.
Custer 62, Hill City 34
RAPID CITY - Isaac Parsons scored 19 points and hauled down 12 rebounds to lead Custer to a 62-34 win over Black Hills Conference rival Hill City on Wednesday during first-round play at the Lakota Nation Invitational.
Jared Foote matched Parsons' 19-point outburst to tie for game-high honors.
The Wildcats held the Rangers to six points in each of the first two quarters. Custer doubled up its first-half scoring on Hill City and owned a 24-12 lead at halftime.
Hudson Koel notched 10 points to lead the Rangers. Nash Koel grabbed a team-best seven rebounds.
Takini 58, Heart of the Earth 48
RAPID CITY - Takini outscored Heart of the Earth, Minn., 27-11 in the fourth quarter to earn a 58-48 win in first-round boys basketball action.
Heart of the Earth led after the first quarter 15-14. Takini gained a 28-23 lead at the half, but trailed 37-31 after three.
Corey Condon led the Skyhawks with 19. Eric Kills Crow netted 10.
Demetrius Martin scored a game-high 20 points for Heart of the Earth.
Standing Rock, N.D. 55, Crow Creek 41
RAPID CITY - Standing Rock, N.D. turned up the defense in the final 24 minutes to spill Crow Creek 55-41.
Derrick Iron Shield scored 12 points and Christian Iron Shield added 11 for the winners. Derrick scored all of his points in the first half as he knocked down three 3-pointers.
The Warriors held a 9-8 lead after the first eight minutes before opening up a 28-19 lead at the intermission.
Crow Creek could only manage a pair of field goals in the third quarter as Standing Rock opened up an 18-point lead.
Larry Gayton added nine points to lead the Chieftans, while Vilas Fallis Jr. and Gavin Drapeau scored eight points each.
Little Wound 81, St. Francis 46
RAPID CITY - Brice Hornbeck had 23 points and eight rebounds as Little Wound beat St. Francis 81-46 in the opening round of the Lakota Nation Invitational on Wednesday at South Dakota Mines.
The Mustangs opened up a 27-7 lead after a quarter and led 50-22 at halftime.
Casey Monitleaux added 15 points in the victory.
Richard Spotted Tail led St. Francis with 17 points.
Pine Ridge 82, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte 71
RAPID CITY - Pine Ridge picked up a first-round LNI win with a 82-71 triumph over Cheyenne-Eagle Butte in a game played at Goodell Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.
The Thorpes got a game-high 30 points and 10 rebounds from Roman Leftwich.
Stan Brewer added 12 and Jared Eagle Bull chipped in with 10 for Pine Ridge in the win.
Cheyenne-Eagle Butte was led by Charlie Marshall's 17 points.
Myles Frazier added 14 markers and Lester Peneaux tossed in 11 for the Braves.
Pine Ridge held a 38-28 rebounding advantage and canned 20-of-28 free throws in the game.
The Thorpes will take on White River in a Makosica quarterfinal game at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center beginning at 8:30 p.m.
CEB will play Lower Brule in a Paha Sapa bracket game at 2:30 at the civic center.