LR 2nd, Inman 5th at Burrton Invite

By Steve Sell
January 21, 2018

BURRTON — Little River’s boys gave unbeaten and bigger-class Berean Academy all it wanted in the championship game of the Burrton Invitational on Saturday.

The Redskins shocked the Warriors by jumping out to a 16-9 lead, but as Berean often has done in the past, it never panicked and wound up taking a 57-46 decision.

Berean outscored Little River 17-6 in the second quarter and then pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 16-10 advantage.

“The boys played their tails off and lost to a really good, disciplined team in Berean Academy,” Little River coach Chad Lafferty said. “Anytime you play Berean you know they aren't going to hurt themselves and you will have to play extended periods of defense because they are going to take good, quality shots. I thought the boys stepped up their level of play every night and our seniors brought defensive intensity which carried over to our younger guys stepping up their level of play as well.”

Jayden Garrison, who won the tourney’s free throw contest, scored 16 points and Levi Swenson added 12 for Little River. Both made the All-Tournament Team.

• Inman boys 62, Pretty Prairie 20 — Behind All-Tournament selections Mason Thiessen and Payton Froese, the Teutons swamped the Bulldogs.

Thiessen followed up his 19-point game from Thursday with 27 to lead the Teutons. Froese, who had 29 on Thursday, finished with 15. Froese did not play on the first night as the Teutons were defeated as he had sprained an ankle.

Inman coach Brett Froese was pleased with how his team played after losing in the first round and especially happy with the team’s performance on Saturday.