Are you not getting your basketball fix after a horrible week of weather? Look no further, we have suggestions for you! See below for PHD’s Top Games to watch on Saturday. We are including games from North Dakota and South…
Are you not getting your basketball fix after a horrible week of weather? Look no further, we have suggestions for you! See below for PHD’s Top Games to watch on Saturday. We are including games from North Dakota and South Dakota.
It will be interesting to see how these teams look tomorrow. Will teams be rusty or unprepared after missing practices? With no school for a few days, the coaches had plenty of time to self-scout and watch their opponents film. The coaches should be prepared anyway! Saturday should be a fun day of hoops!!
Dells Rapids @ Aberdeen Christian is an intriguing game. Both squads have new head coaches this season. Ty Hoglund is at Dell Rapids and Matt Rohrbach runs the show for Aberdeen Christian. It will be interesting to see how the young coaches handle the big game on Saturday afternoon. Class A vs. Class B, how will that go?
*Mother Nature was nasty to the Dakotas this week. The dates and times listed below are the most updated that we could find. Before you commit to driving anywhere, I would double-check. Good luck to everyone this weekend!
#3 Bishop Ryan @ #5 Shiloh Christian (3:30)
Bishop Lions (1-0) – They have a high-powered offense with many scoring options. Brady Feller Brady Feller 6'2" | SG Bishop Ryan | 2023 State ND put up 25 points in game #1. Feller is an All-State type talent. Ian Johnson Ian Johnson 6'4" Bishop Ryan | 2023 ND dropped 14 in game #1. He is long, athletic, energetic, versatile, and a matchup problem as he does damage inside and out. Ramsey Walz Ramsey Walz 6'7" | PF Minot Bishop Ryan | 2025 State ND scored 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the first game. Walz is a top BIG in the 2025 class and a stock riser that everyone should see play. Connor Thompson Connor Thompson 6'2" | SG Bishop Ryan | 2023 State ND is another Lions to keep eyes on. He missed last season with an injury and he could likely be an X-factor for Ryan this season.
Shiloh Skyhawks (1-0) – They started the year with a nice road win at Dickinson Trinity. Shiloh is loaded with talent and their rotation runs deep, the Skyhawks have an embarrassment of riches. Jay Wanzek Jay Wanzek 6'7" | PF Shiloh Christian | 2023 State ND is a BIG boy down low and one of the best forward in Class B. Wanzek can bang down low but also nailed J’s from the outsdie. Atticus Wilkinson Atticus Wilkinson 6'6" | PF Shiloh Christian | 2024 State ND is another talented forward. His bounce is impressive and he works hard. Caden Englund Caden Englund 6'1" | CG Shiloh Christian | 2025 State ND is a soph but a scary slasher that makes getting into the paint a habit. Wyatt is a smooth shooting soph. that is sure to impress you!
Who wins in the “private school Top5” matchup? It is going to be a fun one!
Sargent County @ Hillsboro/Central Valley (3:30)
Sargent County (2-0) – The Bulldogs picked up a quality win against LLM (67-47) on Monday night. Luke Martinson Luke Martinson 6'4" | PF Sargent County | 2024 State ND had a fantastic game vs. the Loboes with 25 points and a hard-fought performance on D. I really like this kid’s game with his toughness, competitiveness, size/strength, and 3-level scoring. Martinson is becoming a serious threat from beyond the arc and he can also hurt you around the rim. Gaven Christianson Gaven Christianson 6'0" | PF Sargent County | 2023 State ND is a player that you will want to see. He is not the biggest forward on the floor but works his tail off and he plays his heart out. He recorded a double-double on Monday with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Fletcher Willprecht Fletcher Willprecht 5'9" | PG Sargent County | 2023 State ND is another player to watch for the Bulldogs. He was an All-Region player last season. I am predicting a big game from Willprecht against the Burros.
Hillsboro/Central Valley (1-0) – The Burros had a wild overtime win (77-71) on Monday over the Vikings from Kindred. Jacob Brandt Jacob Brandt 6'9" | PF Hillsboro/Central Valley | 2024 State ND is the #4 ranked prospect in the 2024 class and he looked very good against Kindred. Brandt had 25 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocks. His post play/moves looked much improved, he is a gifted athlete at 6’9″ and he is a very serious 3-point threat. Landon Olson Landon Olson 6'3" | PF Hillsboro/Central Valley | 2024 State ND had a monster game vs. Kindred with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Olson was dominant around the basket and he finished through/over defenders with no problem. It will be fun to see him go up against the frontcourt of the Bulldogs!
Who wins in the Region 1 vs. Region 2 matchup?
#3 Dell Rapids @ #3 Aberdeen Christian (4:30)
Dell Rapids (1-0) – The Quarriers have length like a college team and they have many scoring options. Dell Rapids won game 1 against West Central by a score of 57-44. Rhett Kloth Rhett Kloth 6'10" | PF Dell Rapids | 2024 State SD is super long at 6’10” and is very athletic for that size. He is one of the premier rim protectors in Class A. In the win over WC, Kloth went for 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Jack Henry Jack Henry 6'3" | SG Dell Rapids | 2024 State SD is a Prime-Time athlete for the Quarriers and he showed that off with a posterizing SLAM. Brayden Pankonen Brayden Pankonen 5'11" | PG Dell Rapids | 2023 State SD is an All-State guard for the Quarriers who put up 16 points and 2 triples in the win over WC. Brayden is super quick, and a lethal lefty shooter. Much like in football, Pankonen is a “ball-hawk”. Tad Tjaden Tad Tjaden 6'6" | SF Dell Rapids | 2025 State SD is a 6’6″ soph that has a ton of potential. This young lefty is athletic and is a matchup problem as he can get the job done inside and out. This is going to be a fun one in Aberdeen. #3 in Class A vs. #3 in Class B.
Aberdeen Christian (1-0) – In game #1, the Knights dismantled James Valley Christian by a score of 74-45. Aberdeen Christian is no stranger to playing in big games, so they should not get rattled with this high-octane matchup. The Knights are regulars at the Class B State Tournamnet. Aberdeen Christian has a dynamic duo with Malek Wieker Malek Wieker 6'0" | CG Aberdeen Christian | 2023 State SD and Ethan Russell Ethan Russell 6'6" | SF Aberdeen Christian | 2023 State SD . Wieker went off in game #1 with 23 points, 8 assists, 2 boards, and he shot 10-13 from the field. The Jamestown commit can take over a game in the blink of an eye with his super-sweet jumper and his elite passing/vision. Russell is a 6’6″ SF and is a nightmare of a mismatch. His athleticism, skill, and shot-making ability have him coveted by many college coaches. It will be fun to see him go up against the athletes from Dells. The Knights have a nice supporting cast of players around Wieker & Russell that can do plenty of their own damage. Make sure to tune in to this monster matchup!
A vs. B, public vs. private…Who wins?
O’Gorman @ #5 Sioux Falls Christian (3:30)
O’Gorman (0-2) – The season has not started exactly how the Knights had hoped. They lost to Brandon Valley (57-51) and Sioux Falls Roosevelt (58-50). However, do not get down on OG. They have a very nice team and 3 very talented players that will be playing college hoops next year. Matt Eng Matt Eng 6'2" | PG Sioux Falls O'Gorman | 2023 State SD is a smooth-shooting, high-scoring, and beautiful alley-oop passing senior guard. Gavin Muirhead Gavin Muirhead 6'7" | PF O'Gorman | 2023 State SD is a USF commit and is easily one of the best dunkers & finishers in the Dakotas. At 6’7″ and super bouncy, Muirhead is also a fantastic rim protector and rebound. Zander Benz Zander Benz 6'7" | PF O'Gorman | 2023 State SD is another top player to watch. Benz is an underrated prospect, a grinder, strong finisher, a versatile scorer, and an unselfish passer. I am interested to see what kind of depth the Knights have.
Sioux Falls Christian (2-0) – The Chargers are an offensive juggernaut that won with a 93-68 score over Lennox and a 61-33 win over West Central. This squad is full of skilled athletes and lights out shooters. Let’s take a look at some of the stat leaders for SFC: Ethan Bruns Ethan Bruns 6'6" | SF Sioux Falls Christian | 2023 State SD (22 pp & 6 rpg), Britton Mulder Britton Mulder 6'2" | SG Sioux Falls Christian | 2025 State SD (13 ppg &3 spg), Tate Snyder Tate Snyder 6'0" | PG Sioux Falls Christian | 2023 State SD (11 ppg & 4 apg), Cole Snyder Cole Snyder 6'0" | SG Sioux Falls Christian | 2025 State SD (12 ppg & 2 spg), and Griffen Goodbary Griffen Goodbary 6'8" | PF Sioux Falls Christian | 2025 State SD (8 ppg). The Snyder brothers make up a super smart/heady backcourt that can make you pay from deep. Bruns and Goodbary are athletic forwards that can make plays from multiple levels. SFC is is a very scary team!
2 private schools…AA vs. A…Who wins? I would imagine this game will give the victor some good bragging rights!