Wolf Pack climaxes season with stunning victory Basketball memories are made of overtime games with last second baskets and fans streaming onto the court. The Vermillion sixth-grade Wolf Pack had such an experience at the Sioux Falls Lincoln Youth Tournament on April 9-10.
Playing in the final game of the year, Vermillion's heroics came down to five seconds in overtime trailing Mitchell by one point. Following a timeout and a play drawn up by coach Mike Anderson, Ben Oberle took the inbounds pass, dribbled the length of the court, and put up a shot as the horn sounded to end the game. The ball banked through the hoop for a one point victory 34-33.
Leading the balanced scoring attack were Jordan Anderson with 8 points and Oberle with 7. Also in the scorebook were Matt Preszler with 6 points, Chris Teigen with 5, Brad Schaack with 4, Kyle Mollet with 2 and Chad Teigne with 2.
The Wolf Pack began the tournament Friday evening with a 36-25 loss to Rock Valley, IA. Rock Valley opened the game with an effective trapping defense that created some easy baskets. After a 14-6 first quarter deficit, the Vermillion team switched to a 2-3 zone defense and gradually narrowed the gap to three points. However, Rock Valley had a strong fourth quarter to complete the win.
Chris Teigen led the team with 8 points while Anderson and Chad Teigen had 5 and 4 points respectively. Scoring 2 points each were Jason Donald, Preszler, Mollet and Oberle.
The Sioux Falls ABA Black were the Saturday morning opponent to determine the seeding for the final game. This contest was close the entire game with the lead never greater than 2 points at the quarter stops. The Wolf Pack exploded for 18 points in the final period to win 40-36.
Anderson paced the team with 7 rebounds while Chris Moen provided a strong defensive effort. Mollet paced the offense with a stellar 12 points followed by Chris Teigen with 8 and Anderson with 7. Also in the scoring column were Chad Teigen 5 points, Oberle 4 points, Steve Foltz 2 points and Preszler 2 Points.
The team concluded the season with a 9-10 record in seven tournaments. Coaches during the season were Jason Weber, Jamie Stolp and Mike Anderson.