Sturgis boys basketball team looks to build on last year’s momentum

Scoopers finished 13-8 last season

STURGIS, S.D. – The Sturgis High School boys basketball team suffered a disappointing end to its 2017-2018 season.

So this year, the team has high hopes of making it back to the state tournament for the first time since 2014.

The Scoopers rolled through the regular season last year with a 13-7 record, but then lost to Sioux Falls O‘Gorman in double overtime in the Round of 16.

Sturgis lost six seniors to graduation including Dawson Geuke, Nick Anderson and Connor Crane.

However, the Scoopers return a core group of players with quite a bit of experience.

Leading the way will be senior guards Ryan Garland and Cedrick Stabber. They’ll be joined by Gavin West, Jay Krull, Alec Keffeler and Brekken Pickett.

The players are feeling optimistic about the upcoming season.

The seniors that left last year did a lot of the scoring and we’re going to have to have a lot of the juniors step up and score this year,” Garland said. “Me and Cedric and the other seniors are going to have to fill that. But I think we can do it.”

“I feel like this team is a lot tougher and we’ll be able to pull ourselves out when we’re behind by a lot,” Stabber said. “I think we’ll be a much better defensive team overall.”

The Sturgis boys basketball team opens the season on Friday, Dec. 7 on the road against the Douglas Patriots.

The Scoopers home opener is Dec. 11 against Belle Fourche.

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