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Corey Brown shows some finesse on his way to a basket during Tuesday's game in St. Francis
Rich Winter

Pine Ridge at Little Wound has massive Region 7A implications
Feb 3, 2017

By Rich Winter

We could all pretend like we've bogged down with Friday work obligations, but anyone who has a basketball pulse can feel the draw of Friday evening as Pine Ridge travels to Little Wound for a game that has massive Region 7A implications.

Current Region 7A standings: 

Little Wound 45.13 12-3
Pine Ridge 44.46 10-3
Red Cloud 44.23 10-3
Todd County 41.92 7-6
St. Francis Indian 41.46 7-6
Winner 41.00 7-6
Bennett County 38.71 4-10

 

Whiile the game will have implications for the top rung of Region 7, both teams have wicked weekends. Ridge hops on the coolest bus in South Dakota after the game and travels to Stephan on Saturday for a show-down with Region 6A leading, Crow Creek. Little Wound, sleeps quickly and heads east four hours to take on a decent Dakota Valley squad. 

 

By Saturday night, and after Red Cloud plays Sisseton, the Region picture might become clearer, or muddier...Wheeeeowwww, some monster games on tap this weekend.

 

Coach Jay Jacobs has done a terrific job over in Little Wound. The Mustangs were 4th in the state two years ago, lost in heartbreaking fashion to Winner in the region championship game last year and are knocking on the door again with a we'll play anyone, anywhere type schedule. 

 

Last time out, Mt. Vernon/Plankinton dared to run with Little Wound and the Mustangs just welcomed the opportuinity to go faster, defeating Mt. Vern/Plank, 102-98 in the Dakota State Classic in Madison.

 

Ethan Jealous Mills was just sick in that game, scoring 28 points on 11-13 (6-6 from beyond the arc) but Jacobs got 18 from Tex Janis, 15 from Robert Shagreaux, 12 from Joshua Macias and ten from Riley Cross.

 

Pine Ridge comes into the game having won five-of-six. The five wins, @ Lower Brule, St. Francis twice, @ Winner and @ White River.

Corey Shangreaux might have the best group of sophomores in the state as Corey Brown, Hallin Bad Bear, Juwon Garnier, Joe O'Rourke and DJ Vitalis do a lot of heavy lifting.

But, upper-classmen, junior Michael Janis is big, tuff and athletic and does a lot of nice things on both ends of the floor. Senior guards, Kyle Ecoffy and Kevin Jack might be a little unheralded and under-appreciated. Ecoffy directs traffic and Jack, both times I've seen him (White River and St. Francis) just hits big shots.

 

Terrific, grind-it-out defense from Ridge on Tuesday as the Thorpes pulled away in the second half of a 51-42 win @ St. Francis.

BIG GAME!

 

So, you can pretend like you're working today....Me, I've got one eye on the clock.


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