Boys Run Over Douglas for First Win

By Austin Lammers

The Rapid City Central Cobblers Boys team snatched their first win on Tuesday night in a 64-42 victory against Douglas.

Offensively, it was a night for Central’s guards. Kailleb Walton-Blanden led with 15 points, shooting 4/6 from the field and 6/8 from the free throw line. Connor McCormick finished with 10 points and 3 assists, also snagging 3 steals. Dylan Hay had 10 points on the night including a 3 point buzzer beater to extend the Cobblers’ halftime lead to 39-23. Justin Kraemer posted 9 points and 3 steals. Down low, Tanner Aberle had a productive night. Aberle ended with 4 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 7 rebounds. He also lit up the Naasz with an athletic dunk, posterizing two Patriots. Central shot 45% from the field on the night, much better than the 32% they shot last weekend.

However, the real story was told by Central’s defense. Allowing only 42 points, 19 in the second half, the Cobblers constantly pestered the Patriot offense. On the perimeter, Douglas went 0-11 from beyond the three-point line. In total, Douglas shot a low 21% from the field, and just 13% in the first half. Causing 27 Douglas turnovers, the Cobbler defense was a nuisance the entire night.

Things To Take Away:

Production from the bench

Coach Hay decided to dig a little deeper in his bench Tuesday night, specifically to his young talent. Sophomores Cecilio Montgomery, Jaleel Snipes, Camden Talley, and Mason McBride all saw time on the court at the end of the first and second halves. The quick Montgomery put up 6 points, shooting 3/4 with a 2 rebounds and a steal. Snipes had 2 rebounds. The group worked well together on the floor, and, needless to say, our future looks bright.

Rebounding. Again.

The competition for snatching the ball from the sky was even. Central collected 32 rebounds and Douglas 33. Height-wise, Douglas was a smaller team than Central’s previous two opponents, but regardless, the performance was slightly better.

Next up
: Central @ Aberdeen, 12/30 @ 4 p.m., Aberdeen Central High School