The Pierre T.F. Riggs Governors took on the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles in an ESD boys basketball matchup at the CHS Golden Eagle Arena in Aberdeen on Tuesday night.
The Golden Eagles got out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. The Govs were shutout in the scoring column until senior forward Jack Maher scored a bucket with seven seconds left before the first quarter buzzer. The Govs used that momentum, and propelled themselves on a 8-0 run to open the second quarter. Still, the Golden Eagles held a 24-20 lead at halftime.
The eagles started the third quarter by going on a 17-0 run. With the game well in hand, both teams put their bench players into game during the fourth quarter. The Golden Eagles won 60-44.
The Golden Eagles held a 29-27 advantage in rebounding, and a 10-6 advantage in assists. Both teams had each had 15 turnovers. The Govs had ten steals, while the Golden Eagles had seven.
Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was junior forward Andrew Bergan. The 6-foot-7 inch big man tallied 16 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Sophomore center Reece Burckhard claimed 11 points, while senior guard Trey Harms put up 10 points. The Golden Eagles got 11 points from the bench.
The Govs were led by junior center Grey Zabel, who racked up ten points. Junior forward Garrett Stout put up eight points. Sophomore guard Bennett Dean claimed eight points coming off the bench for the Govs.
The Govs (no. 15 in Class AA, 4-13) have lost their last nine games. Their last win was a defeat of Sturgis in overtime on Jan. 17. The Golden Eagles (no. 14 in Class AA, 2-13) snapped a 12 game losing streak with the victory. The Govs will play no. 8 Watertown (10-9) in Watertown on Thursday night. Varsity tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.