Cobbler Boys Split Games against Sturgis, Gillette

By Austin Lammers

The Cobbler boys basketball team split the weekend with a 74-35 win over Sturgis and a 71-60 loss to Gillette.

Thursday, the Cobblers traveled to play a district game against Sturgis. The Cobblers ran away with the game early, outscoring the Scoopers 38-18 in the first half, eventually returning to Rapid City with a 74-35 win. Kailleb Walton-Blanden led the Cobbler squad with 20 points (13 in the first half), 2 assists, and 7 steals. Sophomore guard Dylan Hay also contributed in his first varsity start with 11 points and 6 assists. The Cobblers shot a solid 48% from the field.

“It’s a nice confidence boost heading into tomorrow’s game,” said senior forward Trenton Multz. “We handled this team pretty easily but we’ll enjoy it. We’ll see if it carries over to Gillette.”

Central hosted Gillette at the Naasz on Friday night. Multz’s hope for a confidence carry-over proved prescient in the first half. With help from Walton-Blanden, Hay, and senior forward Preston Anderson, the Cobblers finished the first half with a 36-26 lead, the largest of the game.

The second half was a different story. Gillette forward Kain Morehead caught fire, leading the Camels to a comeback. Both teams remained even until the last minutes of the 4th quarter, where Gillette pulled away and snagged a 71-60 win.

Gillette’s Morehead finished with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Dylan Hay scored 16 points, along with 3 assists and 2 steals. Preston Anderson put up 14 points from the post. Walton-Blanden and Justin Kraemer both ended with 9 points, Kailleb stacking 6 assists and 4 steals.

Things to Take Away

The Dylan Hay Effect

With Tanner Aberle out (concussion), Central ran a four-guard floor, giving Dylan Hay starts both days. Statistically, he performed well, accumulating 27 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals throughout the weekend. Hay also shot 50% from the field in both games. However, numbers don’t serve justice to Hay’s impact. Dylan, with a fiery demeanor and a Whatever-it-takes attitude, brings a powerful energy to the Cobblers when he’s on the floor. Taking charges, discombobulating opposing offenses, and taking advantage of the fastbreak were some things the crowd could see happening when little #3 checked into the game.

Center Stage

Preston Anderson made an impressive appearance as the lone forward against Gillette. Shooting 6/7 from the field (mostly underneath the basket) with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Preston was an effective presence down low, something Central has been looking for more of this season.

Next up: Central @ Pierre, 1/19 7:00 p.m., Pierre High School

Photo credit: DSC_9957 by Makena Zayle Gadient on Flickr