Despite playing with flu-like symptoms, Todd County senior, Joe Clairmont performed well with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
By Rich Winter
Todd County seniors Joe Clairmont (16 points, 13 rebounds) and Matt Dunham (16 points, 10 rebounds) delivered double-doubles as the Todd County boys improved to 5-7 on the season with a 95-63 win over the visiting Crow Creek Chieftains.
"I thought it was a gutty performance by two seniors that are working hard to get this team to where we all think it can get," Mike Hammer, Todd County coach and former Flandreau 6th man said. "Joe in particular did not feel well with the flu, so for him to come up with the goods in a game that we really needed was huge."
Matt Dunham came up huge with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Falcons opened the game with a fury in the first quarter, outscoring the Chieftians, 26-5 and setting themselves up for a comfortable and easy win in front of the home crowd who had just witnessed the Lady Falcons of Todd County improve to 14-0 while scoring 100 points against Crow Creek.
Coach Mike Hammer, noted philanthropist, said the solid start was something his guys were looking for.
"We weren't happy with our effort in our last game vs. Red Cloud," Hammer said. "We wanted to come out with energy and execute on both ends."
For the Falcons, it was the solid, consistent effort they have been looking for since seasons start as they outscored Crow Creek in each of the four quarters, despite having such a big early lead.
All told, five Todd County players reached double-figures.
After a brief rest on Sunday, Hammer will have a day to get his guys ready to face No. 3 Winner in Winner on Tuesday.
Crow Creek 5 19 21 18 - 63
Todd County 26 19 29 21 - 95
Todd County scoring: Aiden Bizardie 4, Gunner Piper 6, Austin Hammer 12, Antone Iron Heart 3, John Hacker 2, Matt Dunham 16, Joe Clairmont 16, Chris Eagle Bear 14, Dru Espinoza 16, Daniel Whirlwind Soldier 2, Malik Whirlwind Soldier 4
3-pointers: Dru Espinoza (4), Austin Hammer (2), Aiden (Moobs) Bizardie (1)
Rebounds: Clairmont (13), Dunham (10)
Assists: Hammer (6)
Steals: Hammer (5)
Chris Eagle Bear contributed 15 points to the Falcons blow out win on Saturday.