Boys Basketball State Tournament Pairings: STM opens against Sioux Falls Christian

RAPID CITY, S.D. – It’s the final week of the high school boys basketball season.

In fact, the three state tournaments will tip off on Thursday, March 18 with the Class ‘AA’ in Rapid City, Class ‘A’ in Sioux Falls and Class ‘B’ in Aberdeen.

That means just 24 teams remain in the hunt for a state title.

The St. Thomas More Cavaliers are heading to Sioux Falls to compete in the State ‘A’ boys basketball tournament for the third year in a row and the sixth time in eight years.

The Cavaliers are 19-3 on the season and enter the state tournament as the No. 5 seed.

The Cavs open the tournament against No. 4 Sioux Falls Christian who is 17-5.

Back on December 30, the Chargers topped the Cavaliers by seven points, 53-46.

STM head coach David Hollenbeck expects another tough match-up on Thursday.

“They do a great job of putting the ball on the floor and kicking it out to open three’s and they can get to the basket,” STM boys basketball coach David Hollenbeck said. “So we’re going to have to do a really good job defensively packing the lane and then getting out on the shooters. It’s going to be a team effort to have any success against them because they have some great individuals. They’ve probably played the toughest schedule of any Class A team this year so.”

“A couple of months ago when we played them, we struggled a lot with their press,” STM forward Ryan Wojcik said. “So we’re going to be expecting that coming in. We struggled with that a lot. So we’re really focusing on that and just taking care of the ball.”



State AA Boys Basketball Tournament in Rapid City

Schedule for Thursday, March 18

#9 Aberdeen Central vs #1 Sioux Falls Washington   12 p.m.  MT

#5 Harrisburg vs #4 Sioux Falls O’Gorman    2:30 p.m.

#7 Mitchell vs #2 Yankton           5 p.m.

#6 Brandon Valley vs #3 Sioux Falls Roosevelt     7:30 p.m.




State A Boys Basketball Tournament in Sioux Falls

Schedule for March 18

#8 Dell Rapids vs #1 Vermillion        11 a.m.  MT

#5 St. Thomas More vs #4 Sioux Falls Christian    1:30 p.m.

#7 Winner vs #2 Dakota Valley            4 p.m.

#6 Chamberlain vs #3 Sioux Valley     6:30 p.m.




State B Boys Basketball Tournament in Aberdeen

Schedule for March 18

#8 Lower Brule vs #1 De Smet        11 a.m. MT

#5 Lyman vs #4 Viborg-Hurley       1:15 p.m.

#7 Aberdeen Christian vs #2 Canistota         4 p.m.

#6 Dell Rapids St. Mary vs #3 White River      6:45 p.m.


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