by Steve Peterson
West Sioux’s boys basketball team had a rough one-two punch as the Falcons lost to South O’Brien in War Eagle Conference play and then to Sioux Falls Roosevelt’s Junior Varsity team at Alcester-Hudson’s tournament.
The Falcons fell to South O’Brien 58-29 at home on Jan. 11. Braedon Petersen scored 11 points and Mason Ericson netted 10.
“We played hard against South O’Brien. Petersen had 11 points and seven rebounds and Mason Ericson played very well and had 10 points and seven rebounds. It was an eight-point lead (for SOS) at halftime,” said West Sioux Coach Jerome Hoegh.
Sioux Falls, S.D. Roosevelt’s junior varsity looked like a varsity team in the first game of several on Jan. 12 at Alcester. It was 33-15 Rough Riders at halftime and the Falcons were down 40-18 in the second half. The Rough Riders did indeed make things rough on the Falcons in their 48-point win, 71-23.
“Justin Negaard made all the hustle plays today. But our hustle is not an aspect that I was happy with,” said Hoegh.
Petersen led the Falcons with nine points and Jesus Rivera added five.
One interesting aspect of the day was different nicknames for the teams: the previously mentioned Rough Riders; the Lake Preston Divers; Freeman Academy Bobcats; Ethan Rustlers; and the Centerville Tornadoes. A total of 12 teams participated in six games.
West Sioux, 2-11 overall record and 1-6 in league games, returned to Alcester-Hudson for a non-conference game against the Cubs on Jan. 15 in a girls-boys doubleheader. The Falcons are at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in Hartley Jan. 18 in a WEC girls-boys doubleheader.