PIERRE — The Sturgis Brown boys’ basketball team fell to the Pierre T.F. Riggs Governor’s, 79-31, at T.F. Riggs gym, Tuesday in Pierre.

“I thought we came out in the first quarter and had a lot of effort and energy on defense but unfortunately turned the ball over too much to be successful,” said Pat Cass, Sturgis Brown’s assistant basketball coach. “We battled in the second quarter and limited our turnovers which helped us score 14 in the quarter.”

The Governors lead the entire game taking a 17-7 first quarter lead, and jumping to a 36-21 lead at half.

Owen Cass was the only Scooper that scored in the first quarter with seven points, and he ended the game with nine points.

In the second half the Governors outscored the Scoopers 43-10, to win 79-31.

“We have been playing a lot of teams that play zone lately and tonight was no different.  In the half court we were just a half step away from being in a great position to score several times and we just have to keep learning so that we can find scoring opportunities and convert going forward,” Cass said.

Leading scoring for the Scoopers was Cass with nine points, followed by Dysen Peterson with eight.  

The Scoopers ended the game with 30 turnovers, and shot 11 of 30 from the field for 34 percent. Nine Scoopers contributed to the scoring effort.

The Scoopers, now 1-7, are back in action Thursday, hosting  the Rapid City Central.

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