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Halin Bad Bear works against Daniel Eagle Road during Thursday's win over St. Francis
Rich Winter

Halin Bad Bear that was ridiculous
Mar 3, 2017

By Rich Winter

Early in the third quarter of Thursday's Region 7A semi between Pine Ridge and St. Francis, with Pine Ridge edging out to a 45-37 advantage, Pine Ridge sophomore Halin Bad Bear made one heck of an defensive play.


St. Francis pushed the ball near mid-court and then tossed the ball to a wide open Joe LaPointe in the corner for what looked like an uncontested trey. Bad Bear, sitting somewhere in the paint, saw the pass ahead, reacted and flew with outstretched arm as LaPointe gathered for the release. Somehow Bad Bear got there, blocked the shot, recovered his own shot in the air, tip-toed the sideline and tossed it back in to an open teammate.


And he wasn't done!


Climbing out of the bleachers after his defensive gem, Bad Bear got back onto the court, hustled ahead, caught the ball and was fouled on his way to hoop resulting in a trip to the free-throw line.


Bad Bear's defensive effort highlighted a terrific effort from coach Corey Shangreaux's squad. 


The Thorpes opened with back to back baskets from Mr. Low post, Corey Brown, who would have 26 points in the 77-65 Thorpes win. 


Tight ball game through the first quarter with both teams playing at an extremely high level. St. Francis led, 17-16 after one quarter.


Second quarter was more of the same....Joe O'Rourke came off the bench to provide five, first-half points and Charles Schrader hit a trey that game Pine Ridge a 32-25 lead. Warrior Daniel Eagle Road responded with a trey and Shane Witt followed that with a made 3-pointer as St. Francis climbed to within 32-31 with 2-minutes remaining in the half. 

Brown added a pair of free-throw and Bad Bear scored on a reverse layup as the Thorpse led, 36-33 at intermission.


As well as St. Francis played Thursday, Pine Ridge took it to another level in the third quarter with Bad Bear draining a three and Janis knocking down a long-2. 


St. Francis freshman, Jaylen Bear Robe fueled a comeback late i the third quarter, ripping off eight consecutive points but Pine Ridge led it 52-48 after three.


Janis started the final period with a 3-pointer, Brown scored in the paint and Schrader knocked down a bomb, Brown scored off the glass and O'Rourke notched a made trey to extend the lead to 65-50.


It was a terrific night for Shangreaux's squad who got after it on both ends of the court. Small plays like Bad Bear's block, tight-rope act, save and hustle to the other end permeated what the Thorpes did on Thursday.


That kind of effort will be needed as the Thorpes drew into a Mt. Vernon/Plank squad they lost 66-55 to on Feb. 11. Don't know much about that game except Corey Brown was in foul trouble early and Janis played well with 18 points and 11 rebounds.


That game will be played in Winner on Tuesay, March 7 and will be webcast on winnerwarriorslive.com


Last night's game between St. Francis and Pine Ridge can be see in it's entirety at sfwarriorslive.com


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