Patience on offense and the shooting of guards Hunter Sand and Tyler Loe were among keys for the Dakota Prairie boys basketball team Saturday evening.

Patience on offense and the shooting of guards Hunter Sand and Tyler Loe were among keys for the Dakota Prairie boys basketball team Saturday evening.


After scoring just 17 points in the first half, the team heated up in the second half ultimately defeating Larimore 50-45.
The Knights took home the third-place trophy at the Ramsey County Invitational.


The first half featured tough defense, good hustle and missed shots. It was a defensive struggle, Dakota Prairie head coach Rich Danielson noted.


"It was a slow start for both teams," he said.


"I think both teams were playing good defense, but I also thought there were some open looks. The shots just weren't falling."


Thanks to a three by Trevor Elfman and a jumper by Jason Farrell, Larimore took a 21-17 lead at the half.


The Knights jumped out to a quick start in the third thanks to efficient outside shooting. Loe nailed a pair of threes to get the team going while Sand went off for 15 points in the quarter. A late three gave Dakota Prairie a 38-36 advantage going into the final period of play.


Larimore worked hard to battle its way back into the lead.


Three-point shots by Luke Tupa and Farrell tied the game up briefly, but the Knights answered back.


Jarrett Ressler added two points down low and Loe nailed another three.


A free throw by Sand ultimately helped Dakota Prairie close out the 50-45 win.


"I was happy with how we played in the second half," Danielson said. "We were a lot more patient. The boys did a nice job looking inside and then finding spots in their zone."


Sand, a junior perimeter player, led all scorers with 29 points. Loe finished with 12. Jake Avdem scored three points with Alex Otto, Tyler Kollman and Ressler rounding out the scoring with two points apiece.


Larimore was led by Farrell with 15 points.


Hofer scored nine points while Elfman had seven off the bench. Royce Verkuehlen scored six points and Luke Tupa added five. Jacob Tupa rounded out the scoring with three points.