HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Game with St. Mary’s prepares PAS for playoffs

Borman, Beckman both tally 34 points for Arrows, Cardinals, respectively

DELL RAPIDS, S.D. — For the second straight game, the Pipestone Area School boys basketball team was in striking distance of a possible upset victory.

However, the Arrows fell short of the mark again — this time falling to St. Mary’s in the “Border Bash” on Monday, Feb. 19, by a score of 74-68.

Pipestone Area Schools’ Tagon Woelber (2) tries a behind-the-back pass during a “Border Bash” game at St. Mary’s High School in Dell Rapids, S.D., on Monday, Feb. 19. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

Still, playing a team as talented as St. Mary’s should help make PAS battled tested for the playoffs ahead.

“It is always great to play good competition,” PAS head coach Michael Slaba said regarding St. Mary’s. “They’re a very physical and talented team. It was great for our guys to play against a team like that before we make our playoff run.”

PAS was originally scheduled to play Deubrook (White, S.D.) in the “Border Bash” on Jan. 13; however, that game was canceled due to extreme cold affecting the upper Midwest. St. Mary’s then became the new opponent.

Since the game was played in South Dakota, the rules were different — it was played in four eight-minute quarters and fouls reset after each period. Slaba said the changes didn’t impact his team too much.

The game pitted two of the region’s most talented players in PAS senior combination guard/forward Rysley Borman and St. Mary’s junior guard Trevon Beckman.

Both players carried the offensive load for their respective teams.

Borman paced the Arrows with 34 points on 12 field goals (including five 3-pointers) and 6-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. Beckman was up to the task with 34 points, canning seven 3-pointers and going 3-of-5 at the stripe, and he had four assists.

Pipestone Area Schools’ Rysley Borman skies for a layup during a boys basketball game at Dell Rapids, S.D., on Monday, Feb. 19. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

“The Beckman kid is a great player,” Slaba said, “he can obviously shoot at a high level, but he made some other plays to go along with shooting well that night, which hurt us.”

The Cardinals (15-4 as of Feb. 22) also had more scoring punch from other players, including Maverick LeBrun’s 22 points. LeBrun also pulled down 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Austin Musch made two free throws with 14.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, closing within five points of St. Mary’s. Lucas Flemmer then made one of two foul shots, and the Arrows misfired on a 3-point attempt in the waning moments.

The Arrows showed resolve trying to come back from as much as a 13-point deficit. St. Mary’s Nic Gaspar scored on a dribble drive to give the Cardinals a 62-49 edge with 5:18 left in the fourth period.

St. Mary’s rolled to a 22-14 lead after one quarter, but the Arrows closed within two points by intermission (29-27). The Cardinals outscored PAS 24-16 in the third quarter — taking control.

Tagon Woelber also scored in double figures for the Arrows with 10, and he dished off three assists. Musch was the Arrows’ top rebounder with 10 (including six offensive caroms). Landon Quist contributed nine points and nine rebounds.

What’s Ahead?

PAS (14-10) wrapped up the regular season this past Saturday with a 52-49 victory versus Marshall in a Big South Conference Crossover at Redwood Falls.

The Minnesota State High School League released postseason draws on Friday — with the Arrows seeded third. They will square off against No. 6 Windom at home on Saturday, March 2, with tip-off slated for 7 p.m.

Pipestone Area Schools’ Makhi Winter drives inside for two points under heavy duress during an interstate boys basketball game on Monday, Feb. 19. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)

BOYS BASKETBALL

Monday, Feb. 19

At Dell Rapids, S.D.

St. Mary’s 74, Pipestone Area 68

Score By Quarters

PAS   14  13  16  25    68

St. Mary’s     22   7  24  21    74

Pipestone Area (68)

Riley Bosma 0 0-0 0; Tagon Woelber 5 0-0 10; Cayden Zephier 0 0-0 0; Makhi Winter 1 2-2 5; Austin Musch 3 3-6 9; Landon Quist 3 3-4 9; Rysley Borman 12 6-8 34; Totals: 24 14-20 68.

St. Mary’s (74) 

Trimmier Hanson 2 0-0 5; Lucas Flemmer 0 1-2 1; Trevon Beckman 12 3-5 34; Maverick LeBrun 9 2-4 22; Nic Gaspar 5 0-0 10; Camden Gilbert 0 0-0 0; Totals: 28 9-15 74.

Three-point goals — St. Mary’s 9 (Beckman 7, Hanson and LeBrun), PAS 6 (Borman 5, Winter); Personal fouls: St. Mary’s 18, PAS 15; Fouled out — Hanson, St. Mary’s; Technical Fouls: None