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Sturgis junior guard Dawson Geuke (1) guards Douglas sophomore guard Dylan Pourier (13) in the opening round of the District 4AA Boys Basketball Tournament Tuesday in Sturgis.

Tim Potts, Meade County Times-Tribune correspondent

STURGIS — Sturgis Brown broke open a tight game in the third quarter, scoring a 75-66 win over Douglas in the first round of the District 4AA boys basketball Tuesday.

The contest was the rubber match of the season between the two teams who each won on their respective home courts.

The Scoopers outpointed the Patriots 13-5 in the third quarter, taking a 51-38 edge into the final stanza.

"We did a good job of staying in front to build the lead in the third quarter," said Sturgis coach Colin McCampbell. "We're glad we did enough to get the win."

Four players netted double figures for Sturgis Brown. Connor Crane tallied 22 points, including 12-of-15 from the free-throw line.

Junior classmate Dawson Geuke chipped in 18. Ryan Garland scored 14 and Taylor Eby had 10.

"It's nice when we get help from people other than Connor, Ryan and Dawson," said McCampbell. "Taylor is capable of being a big contributor."

A trio of players recorded double-digit scoring for the Patriots. Russell Morton led the way with 19. Dan Hand had 16 and Dylan Pourier had 14.

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The teams combined for 16 3-point shots made. The Scoopers converted 10, including four by Garland, three by Geuke, two by Crane and one by Jace Fischer.

Morton and Pourier drained two treys each, Cetan Bigcrow and Dan Hand added one apiece.

Sturgis Brown's seniors Caleb Bates and Jarett Keffeler were honored on senior night prior to the start of the game.

With the win, the Scoopers, 14-6 overall, advance to the District 4AA Championship game at Rapid City Stevens on Friday. The winner advances to the State AA Boys Basketball Tournament March 16-18 in Rapid City.

Douglas, 12-9, will host Rapid City Central Friday in the third-place elimination game. That winner still has a chance of qualifying for the state tournament.

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