The Sioux Falls Christian boys' basketball team looked every bit as good of its top ranking, as the Chargers rolled past St. Thomas More 75-52 Wednesday night in the Round of 16 played in Chamberlain.
The Chargers, 22-0, led comfortable at all stops, although the Cavaliers tried to stay close enough for a run through three quarters.
The game was played a day later than originally scheduled because of the winter storm that hit the central part of the state.
Sioux Falls Christian led 24-14 at the end of the first period and 42-31 at halftime. It was still a 10-point game, 53-43, heading into the fourth before the Chargers used a 22-9 advantage to pull away with the win.
"I thought we played well for the most part. Our effort was good all night," STM coach Dave Hollenbeck said. "We struggled at the end of the first quarter and in the fourth quarter. Sioux Falls Christian is very talented and well coached. I thought my assistant coaches had a good game plan in place, but we just came up short."
Ryder Kirsch and Ryan Wojcik led the Cavaliers with 12 points each, while Koln Oppold had 14 points for Sioux Falls Christian and Mitchell Goodbary scored 13.
With the victory, Sioux Falls Christian advances to the Class A State tournament in Rapid City next week, while St. Thomas More sees its season end at 12-11.
"I was proud of our seniors, Kale Landguth, Jake Bohnenkamp and Joe Poeppel," Hollenbeck said. "Their leadership was very important to our young roster. I'm disappointed that our season is over, but I'm very proud of this group. We have a lot of work to do in the off-season, but we're looking forward to the future."
CROW CREEK 53, PARKER 50: In the Round of 16 at the Corn Palace, No. 5 Crow Creek just got past No. 12 Parker 53-50 to earn a Class A state tournament berth.
For Crow Creek, Jayden McBride had 20 points and Joe Sazue II had 14 points and nine rebounds.
For Parker, Camden Bialas had 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks. Trey Christensen had 13 points and eight rebounds.
In other Class A Round of 16 action on Wednesday, Madison toppled Aberdeen Roncalli 62-42 and Tea Area stopped Sisseton 66-58.
There will be four more games tonight, including Miller vs. Red Cloud and Dell Rapids against Pine Ridge, with both games will be played in Winner, and Sioux Valley against Hot Springs in Pierre.
SULLY BUTTES 67, HARDING COUNTY 33: The No. 2 seed Chargers rolled to the big win over the No. 15 seed Ranchers in a Class B Round of 16 game in Faith on Wednesday.
No other results were made available.
With the win, Sully Buttes, 22-1, moves on to the State B tournament in Aberdeen, while Harding County sees its season end at 14-8.
In other West River B Round of 16 games to be played tonight, No. 3 White River faces No. 14 Kimball/White Lake at Pierre and No. 8 Herreid/Selby Area takes on No. 9 Timber Lake in Ft. Pierre).