SD Venom 17u competed in the Mr Basketball Dakota Showcase this past week at Augie. It was great weekend for the boys going 4-1 and making it to the finals before losing to BBA Shane in the Championship. Venom defeated BBA in pool play to go 3-0 and get the number 1 seed in the bracket, Venom finished the last 3:30 of the game with 4 players due to foul trouble. Venom beat the Tropix in the semifinals to set up the rematch with BBA. We knew they were going to come gunning for us and knew we needed to match their intensity. BBA came out on fire shooting the ball at a very high percentage. Untimely turnovers, fouls and missed shots attributed to the 60-79 loss. The score was closer than the outcome would show. Venom as down 6 with about 2:30 left, but just coudn’t get it closer and BBA ran away with the the win. Venom was playing with a mix matched line up all weekend. Garret Kolbeck from our (15u) and Tanner Te Slaa (14u National) both played significant minutes and Venom was down key pieces in each of the 5 games played due to team camps, work and family commitments. Venom played multiple games without PF Solomon Bach (Watertown) PF Jackson Miller (West Central) C Kaleb Joffer (Tea Area) also they played entire tourney without PG/SG Kade Stearns (Tea Area) due to sprained ankle and broken finger. Mason Ritter (Tea Area) had solid tourney garnering much of the point guard duties while Stearns is out. Dawson Paulsen (RC Stevens) had a excellent shooting weekend. Ritter and Paulsen led the team in scoring for the tourney. Jack Unruh (Tea Area) continues to impress and improve with his hard work inside. Spencer Te Slaa (Boyden Hull, IA) had huge games Thursday and Friday and playing with much more confidence. Patrick Niyonshuti (SF Roosevelt) had his best showing of the summer getting to the rim and hitting some outside shots. It was a great showing for our guys in a high exposure tourney. Great job boys! Can’t wait to see this group with full squad in the next 2 events.