LEAD — Lead-Deadwood ended its varsity boys’ basketball regular season by dropping a 74-55 decision to Lakota Tech, Monday night, at the Lead-Deadwood High School gym in Lead.

“We shot the ball better tonight than we have for a while,” Lead-Deadwood head coach Travis Rogers said. “The big guy (Lakota Tech’s 6-foot-8 center/forward Trey Yellow Boy) hurt us inside, and we didn’t really have an answer for that other than just try to double him.”

The visiting Tatanka held an early 5-3 lead. Mekieh Hon’s 3-point field goal started a 7-0 run for Lead-Deadwood; James Pierce connected on a jump shot as the Golddiggers went ahead 10-5.

An 8-2 run propelled Lakota Tech to a 13-12 lead. Kurt Primo’s 3-point field goal gave the Golddiggers a 15-13 edge.

The Tatanka led 19-15 before Crew Rainey made a 3-point field goal to bring Lead-Deadwood within 19-18. Lakota Tech led 21-18 at the break.

Lakota Tech used a 13-2 run to open the second period. Quincy Means connected on a short shot as the Tatanka built a 34-20 advantage.

Pierce’s jump shot closed the second quarter for the Golddiggers, who trailed 39-24.

Rocke Rainey and Crew Rainey sparked a 10-3 run to open the third quarter for Lead-Deadwood. Crew Rainey’s 3-point field goal pulled the Golddiggers within 42-34.

Primo’s 3-point field goal with just over two minutes left in the quarter enabled Lead-Deadwood to close the gap to 48-41. Lakota Tech held a 54-45 advantage at the break.

The Tatanka opened a 66-46 lead in the fourth quarter and went on to the 74-55 win.

Crew Rainey collected a team-high 17 points for Lead-Deadwood; his efforts included five 3-point field goals as Lead-Deadwood finished with 10 for the game. Hon chipped in with 11 points.

Lakota Tech (9-7) received 19 points from Yellow Boy, 17 from Adriano Rama, and 14 from Jordan Whirl Wind Horse. Four of Whirl Wind Horse’s field goals were from 3-point range.

“In the second half, I felt like we did a better job of keeping his (Yellow Boy’s) scoring down,” Rogers said. “They’ve got so many good shooting guards on that team.”

Rogers said this was a good game for Lead-Deadwood. He added the players worked hard and did their best to slow down Lakota Tech.

“This is as good a game as we’ve played for maybe the whole season,” Rogers said. “This is a good basketball team that we faced.”

TK Rainey was assessed two technical fouls and is ineligible for the Golddiggers’ next game.

The Golddiggers will take a 3-16 record into the upcoming Region 7A/8A boys’ basketball tournament. Dates have yet to be announced, but Rogers said Lead-Deadwood will visit Bennett County.

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